child care and development in Stockbridge, Georgia
Programs at Barrington Academy - Twos & Threes

During the Infant and Toddler years, your child has been busy gathering every tool and honing every instinct they will require for the expedition which lies before them as they enter their Twos.  What a journey it will be!  There will be hills to glide over, valleys to traverse, and mountains of development to climb on the way to reach the pinnacle of early childhood development that is represented by the Pre-K experience.

 Along the way, there will be challenges (for parents and children), successes, and mistakes.  It will be key for parents and caregivers to understand that a mistake is simply a learning moment to be embraced and that repeated opportunities to engage in choices and learn from mistakes will give a child the confidence to try and will provide the security they need to trust themselves and assert their independence. 

The seeds of self-esteem are planted here and must be carefully nourished. For these seeds will grow into and develop a resilience which increases emotional intelligence and protects them throughout their lives.  This resilience is the armor that will protect your child when you cannot…through all of life’s battles.  It is formed here in this important developmental period.

Twos Environment and Program: Independence Avenue!

Me, my, mine – the language choices of a two-year-old child who avidly begins to explore who they are, what they want, and who realizes all that they can do. As toddlers grow into twos and light the match on the language explosion truly unique to this period of their lives, their vocabularies expand quickly from about 25 core words to mastery of over 350-400 words.

At Barrington Academy, the teachers and caregivers know that continuing development of vocabulary is dependent on verbal interaction and language exposure. We talk to our children, not at them; and engage them in stories and encourage their own storytelling abilities as they grow and master more and more language.

Additionally, fostering independence is a key goal of our teaching and caregiving teams who are responsible for guiding your child’s explorations, feeding their creativity, and giving them the support they need to accomplish self and community care responsibilities.  Don’t be surprised when your child says with the confidence only a two-year-old can…”No, I can do it!”

Socially a child is beginning to experiment with what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in a group context.  Twos are essentially egocentric and “all about me”.  They will engage in parallel play most frequently and have to learn how to recognize the needs of others as well as learn to vocalize their own needs.  Teachers and caregivers at Barrington Academy provide just the right balance of empathy and consistency which helps children to learn this delicate social balancing act.  And when they fall, a significant part of learning, children know that their teachers are there to help and guide them with love and support them when they are ready to try, and try again!

Threes Environment and Program: Imagination Station!

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities"- Dr. Seuss

What a whimsical time of childhood is the Threes experience! Creativity and imagination are their partners on this leg of their journey. It is through engagement in creative thinking that we begin building both strong social skills and developing problem solving abilities. During this time, a child will put crayon to paper for the first time and begin to develop the increased control that will lead to writing skills. Threes will engage their friends in pretend play and will hone their storytelling skills and begin understanding phonetic relationships that lead to reading fluency.

Our teachers and caregivers know how to feed a child’s need to know, understand, and order the world around them. We strive to feed that curiosity and then enjoy the way these new facts and information are processed into the daily imaginary games and play – the tool through which the child organizes, classifies, and builds concrete understanding of the rich learning opportunities and environment they are a part of at Barrington Academy.

While a part of a Threes community, not only will a child explore and experience a myriad of learning opportunities, they will continue to grow in a positive, safe and nurturing environment supported by teachers and caregivers who love them and who are eager to introduce them to the science, geography, math and language marvels available to us. Through feeding their innate curiosity to ask Who? What? Where? When? And Why? – we help children harness the power of their imagination to drive their learning and make it joyful.

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"Hello I am the mother of Michael and Stephanie Sell. We moved to the Atlanta area in July of 2010 and enrolled the twins at Barrington Academy that month. Being Military we have to move often so sadly they were not able to finish the full year at Barrington. We were transferred to Syracuse, New York just this April. When we went to the local Elementary school to begin enrollment for the twins to begin Kindergarten this coming up fall. The principal suggested they go ahead and test the twins to find out what level they were on, they passed with flying colors. They could write the ABC's, upper and lower case. Count to 100 and count by 10's, add and subtract numbers below 10, and knew sounds of the letters,rhymes, shapes and answered any question they were asked they were ahead of the kindergarden class by strides here in Syracuse, NY. We were told they would be able to go right into first grad this August with no issues at all. We would like to give a big thank to teachers at Barrington. They gave special love, attention and understanding to our twins and helped them to over archive to this level. We are very happy and miss you all."
~ Paul and Jeri Sell

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