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Wonderful ONEs Key Concepts and Goals

Session 1 –Welcome to the Wonderful ONEs®

Key Concepts

  • ONEs view their world with wonder and curiosity.
  • ONEs are positively motivated to get their needs met; parents can help them learn positive ways to do that.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • Understand the underlying themes of the Wonderful ONEs series.
  • Experience a friendly and safe environment where they can feel comfortable sharing their experiences and learning about parenting.
  • Agree on group guidelines.
  • Understand that they are learning along with their children. Parents can use this series to explore new ideas and grow as parents.
  • See themselves as friendly guides who help their children sort out what “works” in the larger world and within the family.

 

Session 2 – Little Explorers on the Move!

Key Concept

  • The “child-friendly home” is a safe physical environment in which children are guided by helpful, caring grown-ups.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • View their families as continuously learning, growing, and changing.
  • Be aware of how their lives have changed now that their ONEs are mobile.
  • Be aware of how their personal styles affect their parental expectations and needs.
  • Understand large and small motor development for ONEs.
  • Know how to create a “child-friendly home.”
  • Appreciate how shared play is fun and strengthens the relationship between parent and child.

 

Session 3 – Connecting with Others Through Language

Key Concept

  • Language opens for ONEs an expanding world of thinking, actions, and relationships.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • Appreciate reading and joint play activities as excellent ways to connect with ONEs and to promote their communication and language development.
  • Understand normal language development in ONEs.
  • Learn effective communication tools to use with ONEs. 


Session 4 – Creating Family Patterns That Work

Key Concepts

  • Setting up routines helps both parents and ONEs know what to expect, which develops security and self-confidence.
  • Parents’ roles as teachers and guides are expanding as their children grow.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • Learn the benefits of including routines in daily life.
  • Learn more about helping ONEs “sort” distinctions.
  • Explore discipline practices in their families of origin and think about how these influence their own parenting.
  • Understand that discipline is about teaching, not punishment.

 

Session 5 – Positive Discipline for Curious ONEs

Key Concept

  • Parents understand how to guide their ONEs more effectively when they look at the world through their child’s eyes.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • More fully understand the Learning Questions.
  • Understand that working with ONEs and what they like to do makes discipline easier.
  • Learn strategies that are effective with ONEs: Distraction/Attraction and setting up for success through language and action.
  • Recognize the importance of encouraging positive behavior.

 

Session 6 – Your Child’s Emotional Development

Key Concept

  • Parents can use emotional moments to help their ONEs to learn about feelings and to build closer relationships with them.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • Explore ideas for encouraging healthy emotional development.
  • Have a deeper understanding and appreciation for their child as an individual.
  • Become more aware of their own emotional responses to situations.
  • Understand upsets from their child’s point of view.
  • Learn how to handle upsets more effectively.

 

Session 7 – ONEs’ Social Journey

Key Concepts

  • It is normal for ONEs to be self-oriented, independent, and want parents available.
  • Parents can help ONEs meet their need for connectedness through development of healthy social skills.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • Learn that liking people is different from having social skills.
  • Understand that even a ONE who enjoys others’ company will typically have a hard time “sharing” and taking turns.
  • Gain ideas to help their ONEs begin to develop healthy social skills and an understanding of others’ needs so that they can make satisfying connections.

 

Session 8 – Nurture Yourself So You Can Nurture Your ONE

Key Concepts

  • When parents take care of themselves, they have more to give to their ONEs and are good models as well.
  • Children “nurture us back” in many ways – we experience fun, joy, wonder, and connectedness with them.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • Explore their feelings and values related to self-care.
  • Recognize the importance of identifying their wants and needs.
  • Think about how they’ve structured their lives and about how they might reorganize this structure to allow their needs to be satisfied.
  • Consider what types of self-care activities they can incorporate into their lives and make a commitment to doing at least one the next week.

 

Session 9 – The Development of Your ONE’s Beautiful Mind

Key Concepts

  • Parents can easily include rich experiences for their ONEs’ cognitive development through everyday activities.
  • Children are “born to learn,” and ONEs are eager and curious learners.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • Gain some information about how ONEs’ brains develop during their second year.
  • Understand why ONEs need direct experiences as “learning material.”
  • Appreciate their child’s individual learning style.
  • Understand the importance of everyday play activities in development.
  • Learn some everyday family activities that can encourage ONEs’ cognitive development.

 

Session 10 – Celebrating Our Accomplishments

Key Concepts

  • Principles learned in the Wonderful ONEs series will help parents encourage their ONEs’ healthy development.
  • Developing a positive and effective parenting style is an ongoing process!
  • In a Learning Family, parents and children grow and change as they learn new things and begin putting them into practice.
  • Parents in Wonderful ONEs groups learn from and support each other through exploring new ideas and sharing experiences.

Goals – By the end of this session parents will:

  • Recognize the progress they have made, the skills they have learned, and the goals they have met throughout the series.
  • Make future plans, both for their families and for the group.
  • Celebrate the completion of the Wonderful ONEs program.

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