Toddler 1 Class

The children in the Toddler Classes begin the day with a block of time allotted for free exploration. The toys, books, and activities provided in the learning centers encourage independence. Many sensory experiences are included, such as sand and water play. Other self-directed centers include the dramatic play center, art center, library center, block center, and later in the year, a writing/fine motor center. Daily, teacher directed activities are also available in small groups. This might be listening to a read-aloud, singing a song or finger-play with hand motions, practicing a self-help skill, or an art activity. Language development is encouraged through the use of songs, stories, finger plays and chants, simple books, and listening and responding during every-day conversation. A classroom climbing structure provides opportunity for gross motor development and turn-taking, while the children explore how to use the tunnel and slide. The children also spend a portion of their morning on the Toddler playground. In addition to Spanish and Music classes, the toddlers attend Motor Skills twice a week.

Our Toddler 1 lead teacher is Gracie Huron and the assistant teacher is Kaylah Fredrickson.

Teaching Staff

  • Gracie Huron

    Gracie Huron

    Gracie Huron

    Lead Teacher

    My name is Gracie Huron. I am from San Antonio. I have been at Laurel Heights for more than 35 years. I have a Child Development Associate Credential, an Early Childhood Studies Certificate - Level 3, and Associate of Applied Science in Child Development.

    I teach the Toddler 1 Classroom. Toddlers are such a special age. It is where you see the one year old grow into a two year old, and become more independent. Their self-help and social skills grow in leaps and bounds as we practice and encourage growth in these areas. We challenge all developmental domains throughout the day through play.

    I live by myself. I have a daughter, three grandchildren and one son. My hobby is collecting coke items. My favorite foods are steak and ribs. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.

Assistant Teaching Staff

  • Kaylah Frederickson

    Kaylah F

    Kaylah Frederickson

    Assistant Teacher

    My name is Kaylah Fredrickson. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and I have worked with children for the past seven years.  I am involved in various ministries with children in my church.  I am happy I am able to teach in a faith-based preschool.

    I enjoy working with children because they always put a smile on my face. It is a wonderful feeling to make each child feel safe, nurtured, and loved.

    In my spare time I LOVE to sing and lead worship at church.  In addition to singing, I play the acoustic guitar.  I am thrilled to be here at Laurel Heights among a community of caring teachers and families.