Early Skills Program
Structured Group Activities For Toddlers Ages 18-36 Months
Does Your Toddler Need a Supportive, Educational and Fun Activity?
Early Skills teaches toddlers powerful life skills & creates stronger bonds with their parents.
Young children are curious and active - and they sometimes have difficulty learning to control their bodies and their behavior. They crave structure and thrive in an environment that's supportive, educational and fun.
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Does Your Toddler Struggle With...
They struggle to control their movements and may be unintentionally destructive.
They find it difficult to focus on a task and they sometimes struggle to listen to you.
They have a hard time sharing their belongings and getting along with thier peers.
Understanding Stage of Development Is Key
During 18 to 36 months of age, children's skill development moves very fast. Their brains are growing rapidly, language is blooming, and motor skills are advancing.
At the same time, thinking becomes more developed, and their social and emotional skills enable them to interact with more people. With that said, this is the ideal age to begin participation in structured group activities, such as Early Skills.
We've done extensive research on the stages of development for children this age, and from that information have built a fun and exciting program that is just right for both the child and their guardian.
By understanding the stages of development of 18 to 36 month olds, we were able to select the age-appropriate skills that make up the Early Skills Program:
- We cover one developmental skill per class, including: Stepping, Listening, Patience, Respect, Jumping, Thinking, Following, and Sharing.
- During each class we run a warm-up; deliver a quick mat chat about the skill; run three skill-building drills; and then have a milestone checkpoint to see which stage they are at for the day's skill.
- We finish the class with a cool-down and social game.
- We repeat the same format with each class, rotating through each skill.
- Once they reach the age of 3, and can follow along on the mat without a guardian, they are now ready for the next program, Early Skills for 3 and 4-year olds.
Each child will learn and grow at a faster pace than the average toddler. The best part is the Early Skills program is a great way for them to bond with you as well!
This Is Not A Typical Toddler Program!
We integrate an extensive amount of research and development into a program that is appropriate for their age, while at the same time advancing them beyond their current stage of development. This means that each child will learn and grow at a faster pace than the average toddler. Early Skills is one of the best toddler activities available in South Jersey!
Physically, toddlers are very active, but don't have much control of their movements.
We expect them to stumble on most activities and show very little skill in their gross and fine motor skills. The physical goals for our program are to get them to perform basic exercises and activities with control such as stepping and jumping without falling, kicking while bending their knees, and punching while pulling their other hand back.
We expect toddlers to lose focus often during class, and quickly become distracted.
Their thinking skills are all across the board, which makes it hard for them to anticipate what's coming next. Therefore, their attention span will be very limited. The intellectual goals for our program are to get them to focus on the task at hand with minimal distractions, such as listening to the instructor, thinking about what comes next in activities, and following directions.
Our goal is to help the kids have patience during activities, even when they are challenging.
Their feelings are very strong, but they are still not at the stage to recognize why. Therefore, they will show a wide range of strong emotions that are not quickly controllable. We expect them to throw temper tantrums when they don't get their way, and run around uncontrollably if they get too excited.
Language development has a big impact on toddlers' social development.
They will imitate others, but will quickly fight for personal space when they feel too crowded. We expect them to interact on a very basic level, but at the same time be more involved in "parallel" play. The social goals for our program are to help them interact positively by sharing as well as showing respect to the other people in class.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it can. We help children learn the importance of emotional control and respect for others. These are lessons that will help them in the classroom, too.
Yes. Even though studying martial arts is an individual pursuit, we teach kids to learn in a collaborative environment with an emphasis on sharing, cooperation, and teamwork.
Yes. Part of martial arts training is teaching kids to be mindful of themselves and their surroundings. They must focus to succeed in class, and once they learn to do it, they'll be able to do the same thing at school.
Yes. It's common for students to require more than one attempt to earn a new belt. We teach them that trying is the most important thing – and that persistence pays off.
Respect is at the core of everything we do in the dojo. Kids who study martial arts must respect their instructors and fellow students, and we find that they learn to respect parents, teachers, caregivers, and siblings at the same time.
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We are confident in what our program can do for your child. Contact us today to inquire about our introductory specials!