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505 E. Buck Rd
Wilmington, DE, 19807
United States

(302) 472-0021

Christ Church Episcopal Preschool educates young children, creates community among school, families, and church, and honors and nurtures children in the Episcopal tradition. We welcome children aged two to five in small classes where all are affirmed as children of God and are inspired and encouraged to become their best selves—socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually. 

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18-Month Program

18-Month Program

Schedule

Toddlers eating snack and reading at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool in Wilmington DE

Our 18-month olds are typically in a class with two teachers and up to eight children. They have the option of attending school three days a week or five days a week and of staying at school from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM or from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Early care is also available from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and after care is available from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

Each day we serve lunch that’s been made in our kitchen and two snacks.

Three toddlers stringing beads during play based learning at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool in Wilmington DE

18-Month Approach

The 18-month program is about creating a loving, enriching environment that allows these little ones to thrive. This means learning who each child is and what each needs to feel secure - whether it’s a cozy lap to snuggle in, the freedom to move, toys for pretend play or toys for building. Each child is different and we provide the specific experience they need to grow.

Our day is filled with art and music. One day the children will paint with apple slices, the next with q-tips and the next with cotton balls. We switch out the materials frequently in order to expose them to many different sensory experiences. The children think this is just plain fun, but it’s also helping them hone their fine motor skills and letting them explore colors and textures.

Everyday, the children gather in a circle and sing songs. In the fall, we may only be able to do one or two songs before they need to get up and move, but by the end of the year they are singing multiple songs and clapping, using instruments or waving silk scarves as they sing. They’ve learned to love the singing time as an opportunity for the class to come together with joy. And, without any fuss, we’ve laid a foundation for next year’s more formal circle time. Even more importantly, the singing helps them develop their vocabularies.

We’ve found that the children in the 18-month class develop strong friendships that last throughout their entire preschool experience. They play together. They ask about each other when someone is away. They care for each other and give each other ‘hello’, ‘good-bye’ and “just because” hugs. They love each other. This is often their first experience with friendship and it makes a deep impact.

Developing Language

Most of the children who start are program are just beginning to talk, but during the course of the year many of them go through a period of ‘language explosion” and by the spring they are talking non-stop, practicing their new power.

Studies have shown that two-way dialogue is the best method for developing language. We keep our child:teacher ratio intentionally low in order to create the time and space for this type of one-on-one interaction. It allows us to follow their interests and encourage them to tell us all about it. When a child is interested in a dump truck, we might sit with her on the floor and ask about it, “What does the dump truck do?”, “Have you seen one before?”, What noise did it make?”, “What color is this dump truck? Do you think all dump trucks are yellow?”

Through these short and frequent conversations language grows. Just as importantly, their curiosity and understanding of the world grows.

curriculum

Social & Emotional Development

  • Build an understanding of directionality and position in space

  • Explore balance

  • Integrate body movement with senses

  • Name, locate and understand relationships of body parts

  • Develop strength and endurance

  • Put on and take off own sweater or coat

  • Coordinate hand/eye movements

  • Explore manipulative toys

  • Strengthen hand grasp and use hands in many positions

Literacy & Language Development

  • Demonstrate the concept of rhyming

  • Understand simple sentences

  • Use newly learned vocabulary

  • Identify a variety of objects through receptive language

  • Tell simple personal narratives

  • Enjoy being read to, and hearing stories

  • Follow simple directions

  • Name actual or pictured objects

  • Attend to story telling

Math

  • Assemble simple puzzles

Science

  • Continually grow in observations of the world around us

  • Recognize primary colors

  • Begin to understand big and small

  • Develop the five senses

Fine Arts

  • Create original artwork

  • Participate in classroom music activities

  • Use language as part of dramatic play

  • “Make believe” with objects

  • Express feelings through movement

  • Reproduce or create sound patterns

Health & Safety

  • Practice routine healthy behaviors with use of napkins and hand washing

  • Experience healthy foods in all snacks and lunches