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In this blog, we’ll help parents and caregivers by navigating the fascinating world of toddlerhood and providing pieces of advice and insights. 

We explore the delights and difficulties of this pivotal stage, including everything from handling tantrums to encouraging language development and investigating creative play. 

Come along on this journey with us as we celebrate the special turning points, peculiar, and victories that make toddlerhood an exciting and enriching chapter in the life of every family. Together, let’s conquer the toddler stage and appreciate the wonder of these formative years.

 

Managing Biting Incidents: Montessori Daycare Best Practices

 

Biting can be a common concern for parents of toddlers in daycare settings, especially for children between the ages of 1-3. It’s important for daycare providers to understand how to intervene effectively when these incidents occur.

 

A few best practices is the following:

  • Have extra help in the daycare to shadow the child who is biting. This can help identify what triggers the behavior, allowing caregivers to address the root cause. Once the trigger is understood, positive phrases and activities can be initiated. For example, offering a snack if the toddler is hungry or giving them a chance to apologize to their friend can be helpful.
  • Role-playing is avaluable tool in Montessori daycares. It can show the biter how to express their feelings and what they can do or say to communicate their emotions for a desired outcome. For instance, if a child is upset that their friend is not playing with them, they can be taught to say, “I want to play with you, Shelly,” or to play with another friend like Thomas. This approach teaches toddlers to express themselves verbally rather than resorting to biting. 
  • Helping toddlers communicate and express their frustrations in other ways is also important. Providing verbal alternatives or encouraging different actions can help toddlers learn to manage their emotions more effectively. Additionally, it’s crucial to attend to the victim first in any biting incident. Shifting the attention to the victim helps the child who has bitten understand that their behavior is not acceptable.
 

In the Montessori approach, role-playing is not just play; it’s a valuable tool for toddlers to learn and grow. Through imaginative play, children can explore different roles and scenarios, helping them understand the world around them and develop empathy. This hands-on approach to learning not only makes education enjoyable but also instills essential life skills that will benefit them well into adulthood.

 

Overall, the Montessori approach in daycare settings can be particularly effective in teaching toddlers how to model correct behavior in challenging situations. By using techniques like role-playing and positive reinforcement, caregivers can help toddlers develop the skills they need to navigate their emotions and interactions in a respectful and empathetic manner.

 

Lucky for you, at our daycare, Downtown Brooklyn Childcare, our student to teacher ratio is more than the Department of Health (DOH) standard in New York, which is 1:5 for toddlers. We always have extra support and teachers to help prevent biting incidents.

 
 Brain Development
 

Toddlerhood is characterized by a rise in language development and enhanced mobility. The brain keeps developing neural connections to improve cognitive function. The brain grows significantly during toddlerhood, honing cognitive functions and emotional control. Neural connections are stimulated by play, exploration, and social interactions, which improve language, problem-solving, and social skills. 

For the best possible brain growth, which shapes future learning and behavior, adequate nutrition, restful sleep, and supportive settings are essential. Early childhood is a time of fast brain development, during which important neural connections are formed through experiences and interactions. Cognitive, emotional, and social development are supported by engaging activities, nourishing relationships, and enriching surroundings.

Communication

Make your child take part in interactive discussions to advance their language abilities. Promote the use of basic terms and expressions. Together, read captivating and colorful books to promote language development. Toddlers gradually increase their vocabulary and linguistic skills through verbal, gestural, and facial communication.

Toddlers use a variety of expressions, gestures, and words to communicate, progressively developing their language and vocabulary. They communicate needs, wants, and emotions nonverbally by using short words, mimicking sounds, and using simple phrases. Fostering their linguistic development and self-assurance involves supporting their endeavors and offering avenues for social engagement.

 

Meal Plan

Nutrition

Introduce a range of foods high in nutrients to help the brain’s continuous development. Stress the value of eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. To support growth and development, toddlers require nutrient-rich foods such as whole grains, dairy, fruits, and vegetables, as well as lean proteins. Frequent little meals promote good eating practices and a balanced diet.

To promote their growth and development, toddlers need a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. To meet their nutritional needs, promote self-feeding, and help them develop good eating habits, provide a range of foods. Prioritize milk and water over sugary food and beverages

Physical Activities

Encourage dynamic play to improve toddlers’ balance and coordination.  Toddlers gain from energetic play activities like running, leaping, climbing, and dancing because they build their gross motor skills, coordination, and strength and because they love being active. Promote activities such as:

  1. Dancing to the beat of the song
  2. Climbing on structures suitable for their age
  3. Kicking and throwing balls as a game
  4. Basic obstacle courses
  5. Riding scooters or tricycles
  6. Hopping about on a tiny trampoline
  7. Using tunnels or hula hoops for play
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