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 12 students which allows us to maintain a 1:6 teacher / student ratio.  Each class also benefits from the presence of a parent helper which further increases our adult /student ratio to 1:4.

CLASS OFFERINGS

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

Teachers

Mrs. Liz Pappas

Mrs. P received a B.S. in Zoology from UW-Madison in 1999 and has worked in preschools and child care centers in Washington, D.C., Boulder, CO, San Francisco, CA and Whitefish Bay, WI. She resides in Whitefish Bay with her husband, son and dog. This is her fourth year teaching in the Sunshine Room.

“I believe guiding children in the challenges and adventures of their first classroom experience is an incredibly rewarding journey. The energy and enthusiasm of early childhood is unmatched and I am so grateful to be able to join the learning and fun in the Sunshine Room!”

Kim Peil

Kim earned a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from UW-LaCrosse. She began teaching preschool in 2014 after her daughter began 4-year-old kindergarten. She resides in Fox Point with her husband, son, daughter and dog named Pilot. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, long walks with deep talks, and engaging in activities with her children.

She believes that children learn best through play. She loves to join them in their play and teach as they make new friends and become part of a learning community.

Laura Fischer

Mrs. Fischer received a B.A. from Virginia Tech and completed her teacher licensure in birth through 6th grade at the University of Richmond. Before starting a family, she taught fifth grade and junior kindergarten. Her two children are Tree of Life alums and she spent five years on the TOL parent board. She lives in Whitefish Bay with her family and loves the beach, exercising and spending time with family and friends.

“I am excited to join Tree of Life in a teacher role. I believe that play is a child’s most important work and am looking forward to creating an environment where children can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them.”

DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 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

ACCREDITATION & ASSOCIATIONS

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