Toddlers are explorers. They learn all the time, through everything they do. They discover gravity when they pull themselves up and fall down. They learn about opposites when they climb over, and crawl through, under and around. One part of a toddler's day cannot be distinguished as more or less educational than another. Socially, toddlers are independent, self-centered beings. Their wants, needs, space, and possessions bear no interference from others. Sharing, waiting for a turn and cooperating are social skills that must be learned and are introduced and encouraged at PUMPKIN PATCH. Language development is crucial for toddlers as it helps them express feelings and needs related to other areas of development. The Patch's teachers willingly listen, elicit responses, talk to the children, and patiently answer the hundreds of questions asked of them. Motor development is ongoing within the toddler program, and children are provided encouragement, appropriate space and opportunities to further develop both large and small motor skills. Music and movement are done throughout the day, in addition to outside time where the children can just be children, because we feel that is the most important part of being a toddler.