At 18 months to 3 years our toddlers spend time with Misses Charlene, Ashley, Ciara, Emily and Lindsay. These teachers continue the socialization process by adding more structure as well as play experiences related to letter and number recognition and pre-reading, writing and math skills. Free play begins the day as the children start their morning with breakfast (if they haven't eaten at home) and then move into centers to begin their day's work of playing intently. Teachers can use this time to work individually on projects and to help children grow their skills. Music and movement figure prominently throughout the day and dancing toddlers are a common site early in the morning! More structure is introduced throughout the day as toddlers are cared for tenderly and competently. Academics are introduced at the appropriate time and in the context of the child's understanding. Theme of the month begins to emerge and all events are related to school themes to give the child a framework and to reinforce relevance. Two years old can be a challenging time for all but at Little Friends challenges are viewed as a way to help us to cooperate, grow and learn. Parents are viewed as partners and communication remains an important focus. Toddlers learn to sing, count, recite rhymes and say the alphabet. Most are toilet trained, play cooperatively and learn to follow more complicated directions by the time they move to the three year old room.