In the parent/infant and toddler communities, we focus on receptive and expressive language. Receptive language refers to what the child can understand, such as following directions. Expressive language refers to what the child is able to communicate with words and/or gestures. Language is found in all areas of the environment; however, we have a specific language area that focuses on several goals to aid in the child’s development.

The curriculum is designed to enrich a child’s vocabulary and bring awareness to the structure of language. The language materials aid in independence, helping students learn how to use language appropriately and have their needs and thoughts understood. Language is also enriched through music, stories, and poems.

Language Exercises Include:

• Reading books

• Singing songs

• Naming language objects and picture cards

• Matching objects to corresponding pictures

• Daily conversations

• In toddler community: initial sound recognition, practice with sandpaper letters, awareness to the relationship between sound and symbol

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The language curriculum supports a child’s development in three aspects: spoken, written, and reading. The language curriculum is quite extensive, with various goals in each of these subsets. Spoken language curriculum helps the child perfect his ability to communicate and express himself appropriately with others. Written language curriculum goals are to develop a child’s ability to analyze sounds, recall their associated symbol, and formulate words. Cursive writing is taught at the 3-6 level, and cursive letters are presented to students through various language materials. The goals of the reading curriculum are to break down the symbols into sounds, and find meaning and context through deciphering words, sentences and eventually short stories.

Spoken Language Lessons Include:

• Enrichment of vocabulary: learn new names of objects and classify them through tangible objects and picture cards

• Lessons to practice and simulate social situations dramatically

• Stories, songs, and poems to give the child opportunity to appreciate literature

• Oral sound games: initial sounds, ending sounds, middle sounds, words with objects

Written Language Lessons Include:

Sandpaper letters;beginning with consonants and vowels then progressing to phonograms 
Written sound games: initial sounds, ending sounds, middle sounds with the moveable alphabet

• Constructing words with letters, then phrases and sentences, and finally paragraphs and stories

• Preparation of the hand through progression of materials: metal insets, chalkboards, unlined word-paper, lined word-paper, lined sentence-paper, lined story-paper

Reading Lessons Include: 

• Phonetic reading through matching object games, command games, and reading various materials (i.e., cards, sentences, books)

• Phonograms: writing, reading, and spelling

• Puzzle words (sight words)

• Grammar and parts of speech through the use of concrete objects and games

• Word study: antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, singular and plural

• Sentence analysis: exploring how the order and placement of phrases affects the meaning