The Marvelous Moose classroom is for children 2 years old to potty trained. Our preschool program builds on the skills they learned in the toddler class. We continue to work on social and life skills as well as add in math, reading, and writing concepts. Children will be learning how to cut and paste, hold a pencil, and other small and large motor skills.
We understand that potty training is a huge milestone in your child’s life. There’s no magic age at which children are ready to start learning how to use the potty, but some develop the necessary physical and cognitive skills between 18 and 24 months of age. If potty training is done too early it can cause anxiety for the parents and the child. In order to ensure your child does not become anxious and is successful, we work with each family to determine when their child is ready to potty train. Some of the guidelines we follow are listed below.
Physical signs – Can the child walk and run steadily and have “dry” periods of at least three or four hours, which shows that her bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.
Behavioral signs – Can the child sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes, pull her pants up and down, do they dislike the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper, shows interest in others’ bathroom habits, give a physical or verbal sign when she’s having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you, demonstrates a desire for independence, takes pride in her accomplishments and isn’t resistant to learning to use the toilet. This stage is generally a cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.
Cognitive signs – Can the child follow simple instructions, such as “go get the toy”, understands the value of putting things where they belong, has words for urine and stool, understands the physical signals that mean she has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until she has time to get to the potty.