Parent's Program
Welcome to Me & My Family, AIM’s Parent Participation Program!

This program was created as a way for families to work directly with their children and AIM staff members on topics and activities to enhance the everyday AIM curriculum. The program meets most Monday’s from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (please see the schedule for dates and activities). During the two hours, children and their families participate in a variety of classroom activities (planned around a theme) designed to help with sensory integration, art and creative development, and gross and fine motor skills. The program emphasizes language and socialization using the Hanen Communication Guide. Instruction is tailored for the individual needs of all the children.

Another important component of the Me & My Family program is the monthly out and about field trip (please see the schedule for dates and destinations). We visit a wide variety of parks (some recent examples include Central Park in Santa Clara, Radio Drive Park in Willow Glen, and Vasona Park in Los Gatos), local attractions such as happy Hollow and Emma Prusch Farm Park, several indoor locations such as Oakridge’s newly remodeled play area, and seasonal activities like the local Pumpkin Patch and Christmas in the Park. Families attending the field trips receive individual attention on ways to integrate their child into the environment as well as building friendships with other AIM attendees.

Me & My Family
Parent Participation Program Classroom Sequence

Arrival & Movement Activity 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Greet parents and children, begin to engage children in physical activities (swinging, jumping, sliding, and playing ball). Activities may include sensory integration such as brushing and bouncing.

Circle 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Builds on language skills (requesting and choosing songs, turn taking, and singing aloud). Children participate in simple childhood games designed to build cognition and social interactions (ring around the rosy, musical chairs).

Activity Time 11:30 – 12:15 p.m.
Children participate in a variety of classroom activities (planned around a theme) designed to help with sensory integration, art and creative development, and gross and fine motor skills. The program emphasizes language and socialization using the Hanen Communication Guide. Instruction is tailored for the individual needs of all the children.

Lunch 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Builds on language skills (requesting food items, making choices, turn taking, and engaging in conversation). Focuses on self-help and oral/motor skills and development (scooping from a bowl or other container, and trying foods with different textures and flavors).

Closing 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Say goodbye to children and their parents. The “bye-bye” song is designed to give children a clear message of transition and the end of their school time for the day.

All times are approximate to allow for individualized attention!

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