Blue Door (2s/3s), the youngest classroom at Yaldaynu, is usually the first formal schooling experience for children. Therefore, it is a big change for both the children and families. The Blue Door teachers work closely with families, including caregivers, to make this a smooth transition for everyone. This year largely focuses on, but is not limited to, children’s social-emotional development, including separation and language development.


Social-Emotional Development:

  • Separation: Separation is an area that is approached with care and love, as it can be an uneasy experience for children who are leaving a parent or caregiver for the first time. It is a process that requires patience and trust from everyone involved, including the child, parent/caregiver, and teachers.

  • Play skills include:

    • Transitioning from parallel play to cooperative play with peers

    • Approaching peers and asking to join their play

    • Choosing peers with whom to play

    • Independence  

    • Sharing toys

    • Learning about his/her personal space

    • Learning to respect the space and body of his/her peers

    • Regulating his/her body during play

    • Attending to activities for longer periods of time

    • Playing imaginatively

  • Emotional Regulation skills include:

    • Identifying his/her emotions using words (not hitting)

    • Approaching a teacher when he/she needs assistance

    • Recognizing the meaning behind facial expressions/body language (i.e. crying means someone is sad)

    • Following classroom routines and transitioning through changes


Language Development:

At the ages of two and three, language plays a very important role in a child’s life. It is an important time for language development, as children’s vocabulary and understanding expands at a rapid pace. For the most part, language can be divided into two parts: expressive language (being able to use words to verbalize thoughts and needs) and receptive language (understanding what is being said).

Expressive Language skills include:

  • Responding to questions from teachers

  • Using his/her words to engage in imaginative play

  • Repeating commonly heard phrases

  • Memorizing songs

  • Using words to communicate needs and wants

  • Speaking in phrases and/or sentences

  • Enunciating words clearly

Receptive Language skills include:

  • Following single to multi-step directions

  • Following daily routines

  • Paying attention/listening during meeting and story time


Furthermore, since each child develops uniquely in his/her language, teachers communicate using diverse forms of expression. Teachers may use gestures, visual aids, very short and clear sentences, specific phrases or even single words to communicate with children who have limited language. This allows for children at all stages to be able to participate in all activities and discussions in the classroom, ultimately furthering their language development.


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