Toddler 2 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 2 Lead Teacher is Ms. Heather with an assigned Teacher's Assistant.

Teaching Staff

  • Heather Hutchingson

    Heather Hutchingson

    Heather Hutchingson

    Lead Teacher

    Heather Hutchingson has a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University, where she double majored in Familyand Child Development as well as Psychology. She has been working with children for over a decade in various settings such as vacation bible school, summer camp, and early childcare centers! Before obtaining her degree, she interned with the San Marcos Independent School District working with their Teen Parenting Program for the children at their Child Development Center.

    Ms. Heather has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Laurel Heights and says, “that she could not imagine being anywhere else!” She is a firm believer in emergent curriculum and teaches based on the children’s interests in the classroom and incorporates that into their development in a fun and expressive way.

    A fun fact about Ms. Heather is that she is fluent in sign language. In her spare time, she enjoys thrifting, listening to live music, and floating the river.

Assistant Teaching Staff