What are Waddlers? A Waddler is the middle man between Infants and Toddlers. Where we are starting to walk and babble just a little bit more. In the waddler room we focus on large and fine gross motor skills, sign language, sensory, the arts, start of independence, speech, group activities, social interaction, and more. In the Waddler room we use what is called Creative Curriculum. Waddlers are generally between 12 and 24 months of age. We assign children to a class not only based on their age but where they are at emotionally and developmentally, this means if your child is 12 months but is not yet ready for the change to the Waddler room we will keep them in the Infant Room until the time is right from them.
A Creative Curriculum involves ten objectives for development and learning. These ten objectives are: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts, and English Language Acquisition.
Sign language is a big part of being a Waddler. At this age children are trying to learn how to communicate and do not yet know how to use words. Through the use of sign language the children are able to tell us such things as “all done”, “more”, “please”, “eat”, “water”, etc.
Personal Care Givers (PCG)
In our early learning programs we give each child a Primary Care Giver. This person is responsible for making sure that your child's needs are met throughout the day and they are also the person that your child is going to spend the most time bonding with. Your child's PCG is determined by his/her preferences. Every day you will receive a typed out daily through our app called HiMama. HiMama is a tool we at Home Again use to communicate and share your child's daily activities and routines through. This will inform you of the daily lesson, meal times, diapering/potties, nap times, along with special notes and reminders. We know that communication is key with helping your child grow and be successful. We have been using the HiMama tool for about a year now and have loved it and seen great improvements.
Hello! My name is Melody and I am the Lead teacher in our Waddler Classroom. I have been a part of Home Again since May 2019, primarily working in the infant room; however, I have been able to work in the waddler room here at Home Again! A little bit about myself, I am a wife to my husband, Blake, and a mother to two beautiful girls, Emma and Addison and to my son, Colton. My free time is usually spent spending time with my family! We love to be outside, and enjoy our time together as a family as much as possible. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Addiction and Recovery from Liberty University. I am currently pursing my Master's Degree in school counseling. I have taken classes for Early Childhood Education Development as well. I look forward to getting to know you as well as your bundle of joy!