|After peeing or pooping in the toilet, you get to flush!|
As infants become wobblers and then toddlers, there are all sorts of ways that we encourage them to take over more and more of the diapering routine. They choose their own diapers, they get their own wipes (and eventually wipe themselves), they pull their pants down and off and then on and up again. They wash their own hands, and once they are standing and walking, they are offered the use of the toilet at every diaper change. The message is never that they must sit on the toilet, but rather that the toilet is available. We don't have any problems drumming up interest in the toilet among toddlers - it is an interesting thing (it's full of water and grownups use it!).
So what does all this child led toilet learning lead to in our classroom of 2 - almost 3-year-olds?
|Working on many different tasks in the bathroom.|
Here's what everyone in the group does in the bathroom:
- Takes off his/her own pants
- Takes off his/her own diaper or own underwear
- Makes his/her own choice about whether or not to sit on the toilet
- Gets his/her own wipe
- Chooses his/her own diaper/underwear
- Puts on his/her own pants
- Washes his/her own hands.
|Picking out her own diaper.|