Enrichment programs for children
ages six weeks to five years, since 1993
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Every classroom has a theme-based curriculum, complete with its own age-appropriate goals and criteria to maximize the development and happiness of each child. Our teachers are caring listeners – to your child and to you – to ensure that intellectual, social and physical needs are being met on a daily basis.



INFANT/TODDLER

6 weeks to 15 months:
A Minnow's day is full of stimulation–storytime, senory play, basic object recognition and language repetition.

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A new expression. First teeth. Newfound mobility. Because these milestones occur at different times for different children, our teachers work one-on-one throughout the day with each Minnow. A typical day features boatloads of fun and stimulation, including storytime, sensory play and language repetition.

Every day means something new in a Minnow's life - and at Tots' Landing, we celebrate those personal achievements, large and small. That's all part of a philosophy designed to maximize the development and happiness of children ages six weeks to five years. Since our founding in 1993, we have grown to provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for children to play, laugh and learn in five Middle Tennessee locations.

Language Arts

  • Listen and respond to voices
  • Repeat vowel sounds and first syllables
  • Babble for attention
  • Respond to my name

Cognitive Development

  • Focus eyes for longer periods of time
  • Recognize voices
  • See my hands and feet
  • Show preference
  • Look for things
  • Recognize things

Life Skills

  • Verbalize needs
  • Hold my bottle
  • Reach to be held


Sensory Stimulation

  • Follow things with my eyes
  • Respond to visual changes
  • Respond to auditory stimulation
  • Respond to tactile stimulation

Motor Skills

  • Hold things in my hands
  • Control my body
  • Sit up
  • Reach for things
  • Start to crawl
  • Roll over


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12 to 24 months
Creatures of habit, Sunfish love the daily structure that this classroom provides, including art, introductory letters and numbers, as well as imaginary play and music.

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Sunfish are old enough to appreciate how carefree and enjoyable their "home away from home" can be, yet still young enough to need the structure that this classroom provides, including an introduction to a daily schedule featuring art and other sensory lessons, letters and numbers, imaginary play and music.

The Sunfish classroom at Tots' Landing is the first time children experience circle time - an opportunity for them to help decide how their day is planned. That's all part of a philosophy designed to maximize the development and happiness of children ages six weeks to five years. Since our founding in 1993, we have grown to provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for children to play, laugh and learn in five Middle Tennessee locations.

Language Arts

  • Begin to use words for communication
  • Respond to and call others by name

Cognitive Development

  • Recognize myself in a mirror or picture
  • Learn about numbers and letters
  • Point to and name objects
  • Match basic shapes and colors
  • Imitate adult behavior in play
  • Recognize animals and their sounds
  • Identify body parts

Life Skills

  • Function well within a group setting
  • Follow simple directions
  • Learn to use a spoon and cup efficiently
  • Learn to use proper hand washing skills
  • Learn to put toys away

Sensory Stimulation

  • Listen to short, simple stories
  • Listen to and repeat simple songs

Motor Skills

  • Walk well without help
  • Maneuver around obstacles
  • Climb on and over objects
  • Balance well
  • Sit in a chair
  • Scribble with crayon
  • Paint with arm movement
  • Stack pegs
  • Build with blocks
  • Manipulate pegs, beads, and play-dough
  • Work two-three piece puzzles


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24 to 30 months
Communicating with words. Counting to five. Following directions and using manners.
Tugboats are excited by the power of knowledge.

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Group play. Using manners. Communicating with words. Recognizing numbers, letters, shapes and more. Tugboats are starting to think and do things for themselves, expressing feelings, as well as accepting certain basic personal responsibilities.

Tugboats are encouraged to play well alone and with others at Tots' Landing. That's all part of a philosophy designed to maximize the development and happiness of children ages six weeks to five years. Since our founding in 1993, we have grown to provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for children to play, laugh and learn in five Middle Tennessee locations.

Language Arts

  • Use words and phrases for communication
  • Expand vocabulary and oral language skills through play, stories and song
  • Respond to and call others by name

Cognitive Development

  • Identify body parts
  • Recognize basic shapes and colors
  • Learn about different kinds of weather
  • Recognize a variety of animals and their sounds
  • Begin to recognize some letters of the alphabet
  • Begin to count and recognize numbers
  • Learn age and gender

Sensory Stimulation

  • Listen to short, simple stories
  • Listen to and repeat simple songs
  • Manipulate PlayDough

Motor Skills

  • Run forward at will
  • Maneuver around obstacles
  • Climb on and over objects
  • Throw and kick a ball
  • Jump in place
  • Use wrist action and directional strokes when coloring or painting
  • Stack rings on a peg
  • Build with blocks
  • Work three-four piece puzzles
  • Manipulate pegs and beads


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PRESCHOOL

2 ½ to 3 years
Starfish are starting to think and do things for themselves. Expressing feelings in words. Building complex structures. Learning to manipulate various objects.

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Starfish grow in leaps and bounds! They’re starting to express in words how they feel. They enjoy building, dress-up, looking through books and learning to manipulate various objects. Circle time at the beginning of the day is special for this crew, as they get to play a role in how their day is planned.

Class participation is lovingly encouraged in the Starfish classroom. That’s all part of a philosophy designed to maximize the development and happiness of children ages six weeks to five years. Since our founding in 1993, we have grown to provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for children to play, laugh and learn in five Middle Tennessee locations.

Language Arts

  • Use sentences to communicate
  • Expand vocabulary and oral language skills through play, stories and songs

Cognitive Develpment

  • Recognize basic shapes and colors
  • Recognize and begin to write letters of alphabet
  • Recognize my first name in writing
  • Count numbers 1-15
  • Begin to learn days of the week and months of the year
  • Understand different kinds of weather
  • Know my full name, age and gender
  • Match and sort related objects

Life Skills

  • Function well within a group setting
  • Share, play and get along well with other children
  • Follow directions
  • Respect classroom property and put toys away
  • Use self-help skills (includes potty skills)
  • Use proper hand washing skills
  • Use proper manners and etiquette

Sensory Stimulation

  • Listen to and participate in stories and songs
  • Observe and participate in finger plays
  • Manipulate and apply various art materials
  • Engage in imaginative play

Motor Skills

  • Walk on a straight line (balance)
  • Run forward well
  • Run around obstacles
  • Throw, kick and catch a ball
  • Demonstrate jumping skills
  • Use scissors
  • Begin to draw people or objects
  • Use glue and various art materials
  • Build with blocks
  • Work seven - ten piece puzzles


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3 to 4 years
Sharing and respect are two words Sailboats know well. They also know most of the alphabet, and how to clean up after themselves.

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Sharing and respect are two words Sailboats know well. They also know their name, birthday and most of the alphabet. Cleaning up after themselves, too. Most can even say their full name, birthday age and gender. That's part of being more detail-oriented at this age and comfortable doing things independently.

Children learn to be good helpers in the Sailboats classroom - which can be an asset to parents at home as well. That's all part of a philosophy designed to maximize the development and happiness of children ages six weeks to five years. Since our founding in 1993, we have grown to provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for children to play, laugh and learn in five Middle Tennessee locations.

Language Arts

  • Use sentences as primary communication
  • Expand vocabulary and oral language skills through play, stories and songs

Cognitive Development

  • Recognize basic shapes and colors
  • Recognize letters A-Z
  • Write some letters A-Z (uppercase)
  • Begin to write first name
  • Count numbers
  • Recognize numbers
  • Know my full name, birthday, age and gender
  • Begin to distinguish left from right

Sensory Stimulation

  • Listen to and participate in stories and songs
  • Observe and participate in group activities
  • Manipulate and apply various art materials
  • Engage in imaginative play

Life Skills

  • Function well within a group setting
  • Share, play and get along well with other children
  • Learn to work alone on a task
  • Follow directions
  • Respect classroom property and put toys away
  • Use self-help skills
  • Wash hands properly and independently
  • Use the potty consistently and independently
  • Use proper manners and etiquette

Motor Skills

  • Walk backward
  • Balance on one foot
  • Run, skip, jump and gallop
  • Use scissors
  • Begin to grip a pencil correctly and follow continuous lines
  • Begin to draw people, objects and shapes
  • Use glue and various art materials
  • Build complex structures with blocks


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PRE-KINDERGARTEN

4 to 5 years
Dolphins can do it all! Self-directed problem-solving. Writing and drawing with confidence. Talking in sentences. Beginning reading. These kids are ready for the next port of call!
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Dolphins are just brimming with confidence in what they can do! Self-directed problem-solving. Reciting the alphabet. Writing and drawing with confidence. Talking in sentences. Beginning reading. Exploring cause and effect. Climbing, throwing, pedaling a tricycle. Standing up for their rights. These kids are ready for the next port of call!

Dolphin teachers are caring listeners - to your child and to you - to ensure that intellectual, social and physical needs are being met on a daily basis. That's all part of a philosophy designed to maximize the development and happiness of children ages six weeks to five years. Since our founding in 1993, we have grown to provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for children to play, laugh and learn in five Middle Tennessee locations.

Language Arts

  • Hear and discriminate the sounds of language
  • Express myself using words and expanded sentences
  • Understand and follow oral directions
  • Answer questions
  • Ask questions
  • Actively participate in conversations
  • Enjoy and value reading
  • Demonstrate understanding of print concepts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the alphabet
  • Use emerging reading skills to make meaning from print
  • Comprehend and interpret meaning from books and other texts
  • Understand the purpose of writing
  • Write letters and words

Cognitive Development

  • Observe objects and events with curiosity
  • Approach problems flexibly
  • Show persistence in approaching tasks
  • Explore cause and effect
  • Apply knowledge or experience to a new context
  • Classify objects
  • Compare/measure
  • Arrange objects in a series
  • Recognize patterns and can repeat them
  • Show awareness of time concepts and sequence
  • Show awareness of position in space
  • Use one-to-one correspondence
  • Use numbers and counting
  • Take on pretend roles and situations
  • Make believe with objects
  • Make and interpret representations

Sensory Stimulation

  • Listen to and participate in stories and songs
  • Observe and participate in finger plays
  • Manipulate and apply various art materials
  • Engage in imaginative play

Motor Skills

  • Demonstrate basic locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping, galloping)
  • Show balance while moving
  • Climb up and down
  • Pedal and steer a tricycle (or other wheeled vehicle)
  • Demonstrate throwing, kicking and catching skills
  • Control small muscles in hands
  • Coordinate eye-hand movement
  • Use tools for writing and drawing


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