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The Giving Nest 

Goals, Skills, and Objectives


2 Years old- 3 Years old





  • Encourage their natural curiosity in a safe, nurturing and loving environment.

  • Guide and model cooperation, waiting turn and sharing as they assert their independence.

  • Begins to offer toys to other children that they are not playing with but enjoys solitary play.

  • Begins watching and imitating play of other children.

  • Begins walking from one place to another holding a loop.

  • Begins to recognize self in the mirror.

  • Begins to play simple pretend, such as feeding a doll.

  • Begins to hand things to others when requested.

  • Begins to help pick up and put away toys. 



  • Learns simple songs, finger plays and dances.

  • Listens and interacts during story time.

  • Completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books.

  • Looks at picture books.

  • Plays simple make-believe games.

  • Names many everyday objects.

  • Knows what ordinary things are for; for example, telephone, brush, spoon.

  • Plays object-hiding games and then names what they have found.

  • Attends to self-selected activities for longer periods of time.

  • Follows one-step verbal commands without any gestures; for example, sits when you say “sit down”.

  • Begins to follow two-step verbal commands without any gestures.

  • Points to body parts and enjoys identifying parts when singing songs such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.



  • Understands that objects belong together:  Puts spoon in bowl and then uses spoon as eating; places teacup on saucer and sips from cup.
  • Understands spatial and form:  puts all pegs in a pegboard; places three geometric shapes in a large form board or puzzle.

  • Looks for and figures out solutions:  where did the ball roll, what caused a particular noise, what needs to be

  • done to make a drum make noise.

  • Participates in number stories and finger play songs; for example, 5 Little Speckled Frogs and 10 in the Bed.

  • Puts objects together, take them apart; fits large pegs into pegboard.

  • Does simple classification tasks based on a single dimension (separates toy dinosaurs from toy cars).


  • Gets to feet unaided after activity; such as, Ring Around the Rosie.

  • Pushes and Pulls Toys.

  • Carries toys from place to place.

  • Passes toy to other hand when offered a second object (referred to as “crossing the midline”)

  • Picks up objects and throws them in a bucket.

  • Sits upright on the floor and in a small chair.

  • Walks around and crawls through objects in an obstacle course.

  • Attempts to stand on tiptoes, kick a ball, run, balance on one foot and jump up and down.

  • Attempts to throw (underhand) and catch a ball.

  • Attempts to roll and catch a ball when sitting on the floor and legs apart.


  • Drinks from a cup.
  • Eats with a spoon.

  • Uses large crayons and markers for scribbling.

  • Moves from a whole-arm movement when coloring to grasping crayon with a fist hold.

  • Helps turn pages in a book.

  • Stacks two to six objects per day.

  • Places several small items (blocks, clothespins, cereal pieces) in a container or bottle and then dumps them out.

  • Attempts to use “nesting toys”.



  • Learns sign language to express needs; such as more and please.

  • Moves from shaking head “No” to saying the word “No”.

  • Moves from saying single words to saying sentences with 2 to 4 words.

  • Points to things when they are named.

  • Points and names an object.

  • Knows the names of familiar people and body parts.

  • Repeats words heard and attempts to sing parts of songs.

  • Understands and follows simple instructions.

Notice Of Nondiscriminatory Policy As to Students

         The Giving Nest admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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