Our Infant Classroom
6 weeks to 16 months
In our infant room the goal of our staff is to nurture each individual child with personal care. The emphasis is on that child’s development, focusing activities for that child around their age and developmental level. By keeping each child’s day focused on their individual needs, schedules, and development we are able to create strong bonds, build quality relationships, and foster each infant’s growth at their own pace. Our infant classroom is equipped with developmentally appropriate materials and equipment to enable the children to learn and grow.
Although most of our activities and interactions with the infants take place in their classroom, we also give the infants the opportunity to explore and move in bigger ways in our large muscle room where climbing, crawling, jumping, walking, riding, and throwing balls and much more are encouraged. In addition we have strollers to take the children for walks throughout the building and outside when appropriate to explore and learn about the world around them.
Because communication is the key to keeping parents involved and aware of their child’s activities and growth while at the center we will provide the following:
* A daily sheet tracking each infant’s activities, meals, diapering, and sleep.
* The opportunity to develop relationships between the classroom and the families through our family events and activities.
* Parent/teacher conferences two times per year covering each infant’s development and growth.
* Frequent conversations between teachers and parents either in person or by phone.
* Our center’s open door policy which allows parents to visit at any time and spend time in the classroom.
Infant Curriculum Statement
Infants develop new skills every day! They explore and learn about their world through their senses and emerging motor skills. They are born curious and ready to learn. We create infant learning environments to provide experiences that respond to infants’ natural curiosity and emerging skills. There are multiple sources of developmentally appropriate stimulation in the classroom. Learning and development for infants includes their total experience within the learning environment.
It is critical that the learning environment is physically safe and clean so that infants can safely explore and interact with the other children, adults and materials in the classroom.
Infants benefit most from individualized care and should be allowed to follow their own schedule for eating, sleeping and playing. Infants are dependent on close, nurturing relationships as the source of positive physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth. Infants learn about their world by observing adult reactions. They develop best when they are assured of having a trusted caregiver who can read their cues and respond to their needs. We understand child development and how infants learn and are able to read and respond to their needs and behavior.
Language development is particularly crucial during the infant period. We provide many opportunities for infants to engage in meaningful dialogue. We acknowledge and encourage the infants’ forms of communication. We actively use and teach American Sign Language and basic Spanish with the infants. Baby sign gives the non verbal child the ability to communicate and helps to alleviate frustration while they are gaining their verbal skills.
Planning learning experiences around themes is not necessary for infants however in our infant room we accentuate the children’s day with art, sensory, and other activities that have a common theme. Infants do not need their environment to be arranged by learning centers, however, the learning environment includes symbolic, sensory, literacy, curiosity, movement, music, and outdoor experiences.
Christian Curriculum Statement
Our Christian Curriculum is based on the following Christian Character Qualities: Forgiveness, Gentleness, Compassion, Thankfulness, Responsibility, Love, Humility, Initiative, Contentment, Obedience, Patience, Generosity, Joyfulness, Orderliness, Discernment, Reverence, Diligence, Perseverance, Christian Example, Respectfulness, and Self Control.
Our Christian Curriculum includes using the “Hands On Bible” materials and themes. This curriculum serves as a foundation for the lessons taught throughout the year. Each classroom adds its own unique activities to implement these themes.
The preschool and kindergarten classrooms participate in Bible Club once a month during the school year. For this activity, the children typically gather in the sanctuary for a special Bible lesson. Bible Club focuses on a special topic. The children will learn more about the Bible through songs, stories, and activities at this time.
Summer VBS Camp is our curriculum for each of the summer months. Our summer programming takes on more of a summer camp feel. Bible curriculum during this time is developed on a VBS curriculum and its themes are extended throughout the entire summer.