Toddler Class

Children that will be 2 years old by September 1st of the school year are eligible for our Toddler program.

Our teachers understand that the toddler program is likely the first school experience for their students and they take special care to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment. Through a play based curriculum the children will learn how to interact cooperatively and with kindness towards peers, develop positive attitudes toward learning and a love of school, gain self-esteem and develop independence through age-appropriate hands-on learning experiences.

Class size is limited to 10 students which allows us to maintain a 1:5 teacher / student ratio. Each class also benefits from the presence of a parent helper which further increases our adult /student ratio to 1:4.


Tuesday / Thursday – 8:45am – 11:30am
Monday / Wednesday / Friday 8:45am – 11:30am


Mrs. Kari Nau

Mrs. Nau (Pronounced: Gnaw) has a B.A. in Education from Cardinal Stritch University. She has over 10 years of teaching experience in early childhood education. Mrs. Nau believes in the education of the whole child and play-based learning. She loves living in Whitefish Bay and is thrilled to be a part of the Tree of Life school family. As Director, she fosters a safe, loving environment for all students and strives to support parents during these important years of their children’s education.

Mrs. Kim Peil

Mrs. Peil has a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy with a Recreation Minor from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has worked with children for over 10 years as an early childhood professional at St. Francis Children’s Center, Fox Point Lutheran Preschool, and Tree of Life. As a passionate early childhood educator, she thrives on thinking on her feet, investing in others, and problem solving. She is thrilled to be back at Tree of Life in the Sunshine Room!


  • Welcome / Free Choice Play
  • Large Motor Activity – outdoor playground or indoor playroom
  • Group singing, hand washing, snack *
  • Independent reading
  • Circle time, “Hello” song, theme related story
  • Music & Movement – get the “wiggles” out
  • Art & Sensory activities, free play
  • Special story
  • Good-bye song


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