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FAMILY LEARNING CENTER PROGRAMS


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18 Months

18 months 

Our 18 month old class focuses on helping children learn to socialize and interact with each other.  Children are learning to share play and express emotions. We work on building relationships and children learn to find comfort with a teacher apart from their parent/guardian. Our lesson plans include shapes, colors and skills using art, science and discovery. Our children enjoy hands-on learning through a variety of sensory activities (play-dough, finger paint, water play etc.)



Our lesson plans include shapes, colors and skills using art, science and discovery. Our children enjoy hands-on learning through a variety of sensory activities (play-dough, finger paint, water play etc.)

 

18 Month Expectations

We accept non potty trained children in this class. We will be working on socialization with other children in this class. For a lot of children this will be their first experience away from mom and dad and in a group setting with other children. Communication will be a big thing we work on with the children in this class. You will see your children use baby sign language and their vocabulary will grow because of what they are learning in class. A big part of the children’s day will be spent doing different sensory exploration activities. Through the sensory exploration activities the children will learn to play with other children and work as a team. A few of the things that will be worked on during circle time in this class are the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes.

Language

Use one or two words to describe objects or express what they need

Follow two-step commands

Imitate reading behaviors such as turning pages while looking at books

Can hold a book and try to “read” it

Knows the names of some people and objects.

Can point to objects to express what they want or need

Social-Emotional

Shows interest in familiar adults

Interacts with other children and shows interest in them

Can self-regulate emotions without the help of an adult

Notices and will try to comfort other children when they are upset

Will play with others through parallel play – playing next to or alongside another child but not interacting

Mathematics

They will start to learn counting skills through everyday interactions

Will start to use terms like “a little bit” or “a lot”

They will gain more understand of object permanence. They will understand that when something isn’t visible it still exists

Art/Music

Will use multiple art supplies (ie: Crayons, play dough, and more)

Copying straight or circular strokes with a crayon to focus on how to hold the crayon properly

Introducing scissors

Interact with music through games and simple songs

Dances with music

Introduce simple instruments to play

Science

Explores using their 5 senses: touch, taste, sight, smell, hear

Begins to explore different textures: soft, hard, rough, smooth

Repeats actions such as pouring water from one cup to another

Fine Motor Skills

Self-Feeding with utensils and drinking from an open mouthed cup

Open doors by turning knobs

Nest cups and boxes inside each other

Pick up smaller objects and place them such as placing pegs into a pegboard

Gross Motor Skills

Walking on tiptoes

Throw and retrieve balls or other similar objects

Can jump in place with both feet

Catch a large ball with both hands