Infants are so inquisitive, which is when they first begin to develop their senses. Our infant room is filled with items to encourage sensory development. Here they will enjoy listening to soft music, playing with soft, plush toys, and toys that light up and make sounds. There are baskets of books, both soft and board books, to explore, toys for pretend play, and musical instruments to encourage their curiosity.
We strive to creative continuity between home and our centers. We work closely with our parents to use familiar comforts and routines from home at the centers creating a feeling of trust and security for our infants.
OUR INFANT PROGRAM INCLUDES:
- Radical Routines including music, movements, and finger plays, such as making the finger movements of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” as we sing it.
- Language/Cognitive including singing songs, reading stories and pointing out pictures as we say the words, encouraging the older ones to say the words with us.
- Fine Motor using toys such as textures rattles and teethers and encouraging the younger ones to hold them. Teachers sit on the floor with the older ones and play with blocks with them, encouraging them to touch and play with them.
- Gross Motor including softly bouncing smaller ones on our knees to the beat of music, tummy time to aid in developing back and neck muscle strength, encouraging babies to crawl or scoot, and encouraging the older ones to pull themselves up to a standing position using toys and words of encouragement.
- Social/Emotional development using pictures of the children laminated on the floor and in books so that the children can see pictures of themselves and their friends.
- Sensory Exploration using items with different textures and helping them to feel the difference while talking about them.
- Art Options such as finger-painting with vanilla pudding.
- Outdoor Learning such as taking a walk outside.