Happy belated Mother’s Day to all our incredible TCC moms! We hope you felt loved and celebrated! Please know that the role you play in the lives of your children is irreplaceable, and they have you to thank for the amazing young men and women they are becoming.
Our Tot Trot Fundraiser is off to an incredible start! Thank you to all of the amazing parents and friends of The Children’s Center for the role you have played in spreading the word about this event. We have raised $11,865 to-date which brings us very close to our goal of raising $16,500 for classroom materials at The Children’s Center. We will be walking at Jarvis Creek Park on June 11th, to celebrate a successful fundraising event!
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We were thrilled to have Anderson Christian School come spend the day at The Children’s Center. They assisted in the classroom and the children had a blast spending time with these energetic high school seniors. Thank you again for coming Anderson Christian School students!
What’s Going On in my Toddler’s Brain?
Continuing our series on brain development for each age, we will take a look at some of the things going on in the mind of your toddler.
According to ZERO TO THREE, an organization focused on bringing together leaders in the fields of medicine, mental health, social science research, child development and community leadership fields, here are some developmental milestones your child is hitting:
- Your toddler’s vocabulary is growing exponentially.
Your child is learning to string words together to make simple statements/form simple sentences. It can be helpful to repeat back to your child what they are attempting to communicate in a more complex form, assisting in expanding their communication skills.
- Your child is experiencing an increased desire for control.
Giving your child a couple options can help them feel more empowered and independent. For example, an option between two different color shirts when dressing in the morning, or two different activities during play time.
- Your toddler is learning self-control, and may struggle to follow instructions.
Redirecting a frustrated or disobedient toddler can help prevent tantrums and difficult disciplinary issues. Suggesting an alternative activity when your child is determined to repeat an undesirable action, can help engage them in a more appropriate activity, and avoid an outburst of anger or frustration.
- Children are engaging in more imaginative play.
You can get some valuable insight into your child’s mind by providing toys that stimulate imaginative play, such as play dough and drawing materials. Encouraging creativity at this age is important for brain development.
For more information on the development of your toddler’s brain, you can visit the ZERO TO THREE website here.
Kevin Dugan works as a floater and with our Afterschool students. He has been at The Children’s Center for a year and a half, and loves the flexibility of being in every classroom, and seeing the children every day. Kevin loves The Children’s Center because of the family environment here. “We can joke around and are all here for each other”, Kevin says. When he is not at work, Kevin enjoys spending weekends at the park with his three-year-old nephew.
Next time you see Mr. Kevin, be sure to thank him for all he does at The Children’s Center!
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