As our transition program is designed for between the ages of 2 and 3, we understand that the world of twos reflects the transitional nature of the child's third year of life. The program is designed for each child to transition from the sensory-motor world of toddlers to an increasingly social world and the onset of symbolic thinking.
Twos are exploding in their power to communicate, to move purposely, to assert their independence and individuality, and to control their important bodily functions. The twos experience is similar to adolescence in that it is transitional. In the same way that adolescence stands between childhood and adulthood, twos
are moving from the total dependence of babyhood to the more independent, mobile world of preschoolers. Like teenagers, twos are often frustrated with being in-between. They swing back and forth and are often are conflicted by what they really want to do. Their imagination and desire often exceed their competence. Twos
need manageable challenges and mastery experience. They need a relaxed environment that allows for frequent changes in moods, interests, and capabilities.
Twos, in particular, need teachers to be learning consultants who accept them in their entire inconsistent behavior, setting limits calmly and firmly when necessary. Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices, participate in small groups and projects, join in brief circle-times with the whole group, and reflect and discuss their learning experiences.