The Peepers Room

Julie Knight’s Room




Two year old children are working on their identity. They want to know who they are and who’s in charge. They learn best when feeling secure while in a warm, safe, and loving environment. Their most important form of learning is through play, exploration, and observation. They each learn at their own pace. Two year olds are capable of beginning to recognize colors, shapes, sizes, and their own name. They will also be able to take directions, focus their attention, develop listening skills, cut with scissors, and work with glue.

Age Group

2 - 3 years old

Education Goals

  • Encourage the child’s discovery of self
  • Teach children how to socialize and get along with each other
  • Test ideas
  • Explore and Experiment
  • Learn to cope with new situations
  • Learn communication skills necessary for listening, reading, wiriting, and speaking
  • Build up vocabulary skills

What is Circle Time?

Circle Time is the equivalent of class time at Mary Bethune Academy. It is during this time that the teacher gathers the children together for a group session. The lessons taught during circle time vary with each classroom, but typically this time together can include reading, singing, and saying the pledge. This style of teaching helps prepare children for the more structured classroom style that comes with Kindergarten and up.

Why do we have planning time?

Planning time is when the children decide what they would like to do for the day. This is a simple way to give children freedom while also teaching them structure.

What happens during Work Time?

Work time is a time of fun and learning. The method of “Play Teaching” is used by education professionals around the world. The children can go to various activities in the room as they choose. The teachers engage with the children on their level, playing with them and also teaching them. The lessons taught during free time may be informal, but they are also the most effective.