One Year Old Classroom 

In the one year old class, children are just discovering their creative abilities. Everything is new and interesting to one-year-olds. They enthusiastically use their five senses to actively explore the world around them. They find pleasure in causing things to happen and in completing basic tasks. And once a discovery is made, a one-year-old want to make it happen again and again and again! 

Their interest in art is focused on the sensory exploration of art materials, such as paint. With music, they can respond with their whole bodies to rhythm, beat and melody. During this year children make an important developmental leap by beginning to pretend during play, often by imitating adult movements. 

Emotionally, one-year-olds are just learning to recognize and manage their feelings. They experience a wide range of emotions and have tantrums when they are tired or frustrated. They may also respond to conflict by hitting, biting, screaming, or crying. One-year-olds seek autonomy and may say, "No!" to adult suggestions or insist that they, "Do byself!" Then, moments later, they might cling to an adult's leg or ask for help.

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