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.

The Toddler 1 Lead Teacher is Mrs. Melanie with an assigned Teacher's Assistant.

Teaching Staff

  • Melanie Rudd

    Melanie Rudd

    Melanie Rudd

    Lead Teacher

    Melanie Rudd has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Leadership and Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Melanie also volunteers as a court-appointed child advocate and has several years in Early Childhood Education experience. Mrs. Melanie started her career at LHWS, working in the Toddler 1 classroom and is the current lead teacher. Her classroom philosophy revolves around a safe and nurturing classroom environment that promotes social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. She values that uniqueness form each child and strives to build on their interest, strengths, growth, abilities, and knowledge to extend learning. She believes in play-based learning so that children can express their creativity and practice social and emotional skills. In her spare time, she enjoys doing DIY projects and spending time with her two children and husband. She also enjoys trying new recipes and shopping.