Ages 12 Weeks to 18 Months
We support breastfeeding! Our Infant rooms welcome mothers who would like to nurse their babies during midday visits.
Strong Bodies and Coordinated Movements
Much of your baby’s energy early on will involve building gross motor abilities. As children learn to hold up their heads, roll over, push up off the ground, sit up, stand, walk, and climb, they are developing essential skills to aid them in further cognitive development.
Babies in our infant rooms do not spend their active hours in playpens, jumpers, or walkers. These activities have been shown to impede a child’s ability to grow naturally.
In our Infant rooms, you will see:
- Many soft floor mats babies can move freely and develop gross motor skills.
- Interesting mobiles, grasping objects and rattles within reach.
For the older infants, where crawling and newly walking babies have their hands free for exploration, you will see:
- Low shelving with materials for fine-motor development and cause/effect, such as puzzles, rings on a post, and containers to open and close.
- Pull and push toys to promote gross motor movement.
- We also have multi-child strollers for taking infants on regular “buggy rides” both outside and indoors around our campus so they can see more of the world.
THE PREPARED ENVIRONMENT
A child’s early years are a time of great sensitivity to bonding with the environment in order to establish trust in the world. This is a crucial bond that leads to greater development of language, order, sensorial impressions, and coordinated movement, both fine- and gross-motor.
HAND DEVELOPMENT = BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
Babies use hands to fuel the development of her brain and nervous system. In a few short months, your baby goes from involuntary and reflexive movements to intentionally batting and grabbing at objects, then to releasing something once she has grasped it. From there, she learns more refined grasping abilities, including the all-important “pincer grip” later used for holding a pencil. She transfers things from hand to hand and coordinates her two hands for a chosen purpose (such as to bang things together!).
Ages 18 Months – 36 months
The toddler years are a time of great cognitive, emotional, and social development. The toddler will focus on language development and acquiring skills to become independent learners. They will focus on the following areas:
- Promote listening skills through stories, songs, and conversation
- Build communication skills through exposure to language and opportunities for expressive speech
- Auditory discrimination
- Placing Dishes in the sink.
- Putting on and taking off jackets, shoes, pants, shirts
- Preparing snacks
- Establishing trusting relationships
- Being respectful to self, others, and environment
- Conflict resolution through language
- Showing compassion
- Engaging conversation
- Number blocks
After breakfast, our toddlers freely choose to work with activities in one of the many curriculum areas.
After the morning activities is outdoor or indoor playtime! This is a great time for the toddlers to socialize with other children and exercise their gross motor skills.
Ages 3 years to 6 years
Practical Life Skills
- Care of the environment
- Care of person
- Grace and courtesy
- Sense of order
- Symbols and quantities
- Sorting and grading objects
- Linear counting
- Learning to write, then read by kindergarten
- Oral language: vocabulary enrichment
- Phonetic awareness
After School Program
Ages 6 years to 12 years
Now Enrolling in our after school programs.
Our programs include snacks and activities as well as time and help to complete homework. Our teachers will help your children with their school homework and engage them with other extracurricular activities. We also offer summer camps that include fun outdoor activities and field trips.