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Classroom Goals

Infant Classrooms

Infant classroom goals are something that we work on daily. Setting them and striving to meet them are of the utmost importance to us.

  • Goal 1: To strive to be the best infant teachers we can be.
  • Goal 2: To ensure the safety of all of our children during all routines and activities and to be alert and attentive at all times. We constantly make certain that the outside play area as well as the indoor space is safe and secure and that we provide a healthy environment.
  • Goal 3: To provide a safe, healthy, and attractive environment for the children. We will do this by arranging the classroom in a way to stimulate their learning skills.
  • Goal 4: To provide physical activities that support large and small muscle development.
  • Goal 5: To provide age-appropriate activities that encourage curiosity and use of the five senses.
  • Goal 6: To support social and emotional development through positive guidance and interactions.
  • Goal 7: To develop caring and sharing partnerships with all parents. Communication is provided through newsletters, daily report forms, daily conversations, and parent-teacher conferences.
  • Goal 8: To continue to grow as professionals and to be a positive role model.
  • Goal 9: To interact with rather than react to the infants in our care.

Toddler Classrooms

Emotional Goals

  • Begins to show empathy for others
  • Feels safe and secure away from parents
  • Shows affection or dislikes
  • Shows pride in new accomplishments
  • Asserts self appropriately
  • Exhibits contrasting moods (stubborn to compliant)

Social Goals

  • Imitates others
  • Influences or persuades others
  • Helps at clean-up time
  • Tries to please others
  • Exhibits an intense interest in adult language
  • Enjoys "exploring" with others

Physical Goals

  • Sits well in chair
  • Climbs up steps
  • Marches in place
  • Rolls, throws, and kicks ball
  • Stacks blocks
  • Uses a crayon or paintbrush
  • Attempts to put on shoes, socks, jacket
  • Washes and dries hands
  • Uses a spoon
  • Drinks from a cup


Our living and learning environment is designed to meet the overall needs of preschoolers and to facilitate their development through age-appropriate experiences. Due to the individuality of each child expectations vary; each child is challenged but not hurried. Ideally, the following goals should be met by the time a child enters kindergarten.

Emotional Goals

  • Displays a sense of security
  • Exhibits self-confidence
  • Has a positive attitude
  • Shows a desire to learn
  • Is willing to try something new

Behavioral Goals

  • Listens attentively
  • Follows directions
  • Focuses on task at hand
  • Is not disruptive
  • Exhibits self-control
  • Uses toys and materials appropriately

Self-Help Goals

  • Puts on wrap without assistance
  • Puts on shoes without assistance
  • Takes care of own toileting needs
  • Cleans up after self at snack, lunch
  • Tries to solve problems independently
  • Participates in classroom clean-up

Social Goals

  • Plays cooperatively
  • Helps others
  • Interacts positively with peers
  • Interacts positively with adults
  • Stands up for own rights
  • Resolves conflicts peacefully
  • Exhibits good manners; courteous

Language Goals

  • Speaks clearly
  • Has age-appropriate vocabulary
  • Uses personal pronouns correctly
  • Expresses needs and ideas verbally
  • Recites jingles and rhymes
  • Tells event or story in sequence
  • Follows 3-step verbal directions

Physical Goals (Large Muscle)

  • Is well coordinated
  • Displays good balance
  • Exhibits skill on playground equipment (climber, swing, slide, etc.)
  • Pedals tricycle
  • Builds with blocks
  • Throws/catches ball

Physical Goals (Small Muscle)

  • Pours milk/juice into cup
  • Holds pencil correctly
  • Can cut with scissors
  • Can manipulate fasteners
  • Unties a bow and/or loose knot
  • Draws a recognizable person
  • Writes own name

Cognitive Goals

  • Demonstrates knowledge of colors
  • Demonstrates knowledge of shapes
  • Demonstrates knowledge of numbers
  • Demonstrates knowledge of letters
  • Can work a 10-piece puzzle
  • Recognizes own name (written)
  • Knows "left" and "right"
  • Displays competence on computers

Personal Information Goals

  • Knows full names
  • Knows age
  • Knows birthday
  • Knows telephone number
  • Knows street address
  • Knows first and last name(s) of parent(s)