Thread: 18 Month Old
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Blackcat31 08:50 AM 01-09-2016
Originally Posted by Jgrantham:
Hello! I currently watch a 6 month old, 8 month old (mine), a 10 month old, 2 year old, and 3 year old (mine.) I must have been on another planet when I decided to watch 3 babies lol! I have done this for 6 months now and I just can't teach and play with the toddlers like I want because I'm so busy with the babies. I've decided to let the 10 month old go for many different reasons. I'm trying to find a child 2+, but there's a mom with an 18 month old that is looking for daycare. Do any of you watch an 18 old month with older toddlers?
Funny how ages are classified so differently from state to state. Im reading your age list and thinking "You dont have any toddlers"

In my state, infants are birth - age 1 and toddlers are 1yr -2 yr so the day a child turns 2 is the day they become a preschooler.

I have 10-12 kids daily (I have help over lunch time) and my kids vary in age from 6 months to 5 yrs old.

I teach my littles (under age 2) when the others are busy with center play or other group activities.

I teach the older ones when my littles are having their morning naps (the under 2 crowd naps twice a day).

Guided, structured "teaching" need only happen in small increments (10-15 minutes) and is very beneficial in those small segments of time. You can of course go longer and dive into subjects and activities much deeper but even those (when pre-planned and pre-arranged) can be fairly easy and stress free.

The key for me when teaching any age group is in the preparations I do ahead of time and being comfortable with not having a rigid expectation of outcome.