Welcome to Early Childhood!!
Morton Unit School District 709 provides a developmental Early Childhood Program for children who have been identified as having disabilities in the areas of language development, motor readiness skills or behavior. It is a five-day a week program. The morning session meets from 8:10 – 10:45, and the afternoon sessions meet from 11:55 – 2:30. In addition to the classroom experience, speech and language, occupational and physical therapies are provided. Currently, the program is located at Lettie Brown and Lincoln Elementary School.
Early Childhood Screening
Morton Unit School District 709 offers two developmental screenings for children ages 0-5. One screening is held in the fall and one in the spring. If interested, please call the special education department (309-263-0522).
Provide a variety of activities, experiences and choices in a stimulating environment which will help develop the child’s whole personality; physically, mentally, and socially. Develop and enhance in each child a positive self-image and a respect for self and others. Allow each child to develop at his/her own rate to his/her greatest potential. Provide integrated options in natural occurring environments.
What the children will learn in the program…
ÂŸTo get along well with others – be polite and fair
ÂŸTo share with others – toys, games and experiences
ÂŸTo explore – new things and ideas
ÂŸTo express – with words, clay, paint, crayons, music and movement
ÂŸTo listen – to stories, to others and to follow directions
ÂŸTo eat with others – learning to relax and practice good manners
ÂŸTo care for self and belongings – tending to bathroom needs, hanging up clothes and returning toys to their proper places
ÂŸTo make choices – snack time, playtime and friends
Ways you can help your child get ready for school:
Talk to your child about how glad you are that he/she is going to school
How he/she will meet new friends
How he/she will play games at school
How going to school means the he/she is getting bigger
How he/she will learn new things
How he/she will get to ride the bus to school
Learn everything you can about your child’s school program
Talk to your child about how important it is to sit down at all times in a car or bus
Have your child wear his/her seat belt in our car
Help your child get his/her school supplies ready
Plan to visit school
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