SENSORY & SOCIAL PLAY II

18 - 24 months

This Parent/Child Class is specially designed for your busy, busy 18- to 24-month old* toddler to nurture his or her natural developmental bursts of cognitive and motor abilities. Children’s gravitation to play at this age is so beneficial to learning, our teacher facilitates, rather than directs, class activities.

PARENTS & CAREGIVERS

Just like in the 12- to 18-month class, you are home base as your child ventures away from your lap to explore. We invite you to meet the slower processing pace of toddlers with calm, patience, and observation—staying tuned in, and intervening only when support is needed. We encourage you to echo any gentle limits introduced by the teacher, when appropriate.

18- to 24-Month LOVES

  • Routine. As in the 12- to 18-month series, we follow a rhythm your child will quickly find familiar and look forward to. Each session features a welcome song, sensory play, hand washing, snack, bubbles, and goodbye song. What adults find repetitive, toddlers adore.

  • ADVANCED MOVING! Toddlers at this age continue to be captivated by their developing gross motor skills—mastery of walking, testing new limits with balance, and climbing (everything).

  • Sensory learning through touch, feel, and experience continues. Scooping and dumping are very popular. Some toddlers climb right into the sensory bins—how fun it is to explore!

  • Independence. I can do it myself! They may not say it yet, but they’re thinking it! Be patient with your child through the struggle toward mastery of the basic independence-building tasks we offer—you’ll be amazed what he or she is capable of by the end of this class series!

  • Friends. You’ll notice an increasing awareness of and curiosity toward peers.

18- to 24-Month CHALLENGES

  • Boundaries. Emboldened by exploding motor skills, toddlers continually push the limits of acceptable and safe physical behavior, with friends and their environment. Through this stage, shadowing your child—quietly following and redirecting as needed—is key.

  • Sharing. It isn’t yet in the developmental wheelhouse—and that’s fine. When children play for extended periods with simple materials, they lay groundwork for concentration and attention span. If another toddler expresses interest in what your child is playing with, we encourage you to calmly offer an alternative, or say, “You may have a turn when James is done.” Sportscasting—saying what you see—is another great tool to help children understand social exchanges. “Michael likes the ball you are using,” is often enough to defuse confusing moments with new friends. This is also a great stage to model basic manners like please and thank you.

We hope you enjoy this bonding experience with your little one as you build new family connections. Our team is available to support all aspects of your child’s Harmony experience and guide you through these early learning stages however we can—your observations and questions are always welcome!

Contact us to enroll!

18-to-24-month toddler class Newburyport Mommy and Me Class Harmony Natural Learning Center


*Though each Parent/Child Class series is designed for a particular age range, your child may enjoy starting a little sooner and/or sticking around a little later.