Little Bears (2s) Program Overview

New Beginnings' Little Bears Program is for children who turn two (2) by December 1.  It is designed to give children a first "school” experience.  The program allows two year old children the opportunity to socialize with their peers, to explore various art media, and to enjoy learning through music, stories, and play.

There are two Little Bears classes - one that meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and one that meets on Tuesday and Thursday.  Both classes are from 9:00am to 11:30am.  

The classes are held in the Toddler area of the school, which is physically separate from areas in use by older children - this includes outside play.  The toddlers will remain separate from older children at all times, except in the case of a specially scheduled event.

Children enrolled in the 2s program are NOT required to be toilet trained in order to attend.  Teachers are prepared to change diapers and/or support parents in toilet training efforts.  

Program Goals and Objectives

We want children in the New Beginnings 2s program to feel comfortable and secure, attending class in an atmosphere of love and acceptance that encourages and supports the growth and development of the whole child: physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual.

  • Modeled Christian Values will be taught daily through Bible stories, songs, and finger plays.  There will be prayer before snack and lunch times.

  • Social Skills: Children will work on learning basic social and communication skills, such as sharing, cooperation, taking turns, and simple manners.

  • Arts and Crafts: Children will be encouraged to experiment with glue, paint, markers, and crayons in both group and individual situations.

  • Motor Skills: Outdoor and indoor playtime activities, such as running, jumping, and hopping are designed to help children exercise their large muscles and to develop good coordination skills. The skills learned during arts and crafts also help to develop their fine motor dexterity and coordination.

  • Readiness Skills: Children will experience classroom structure through “circle time” and other group activities and will explore colors, numbers, shapes, as well as other concepts through literature, music and manipulative games.