welcome to our infant and toddler classrooms

Every day our infant and toddler programs provide a balanced schedule designed to address all developmental domains important to your child’s growth and development.  Throughout their day, your child will enjoy a daily schedule structured to have a balance of: small/large groups, teacher directed instruction/child lead exploration, process/product art & fine/gross motor activities. 

Our classroom areas are ever changing based on the monthly themes we focus on.  Our table/center activities change weekly, and vary depending on theme & learning objective. 


We believe, as Early Childhood Educators, utilizing large and small group activities as well as addressing teachable moments allows for the maximum learning in our classrooms.


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By the end of the school year, your child should be able to complete some or most of the following activities:

 

examples of infant activities (6wk - 12 mo)

Social/Emotional/Communication:
•   Develops preferences & shows joy or cries when a need arises
•   Interacts comfortably with adults & peers
•   Displays emotions: anger, joy, sadness
•   Tracks an adults voice by looking at their direction
•   Explores their own body & discovers toes, tongue, hands etc
•   Coos and makes all kinds of noises on their own
•   Explores new sounds & objects around their environment
•   Explores textures of objects by touch & “eating” in their mouth
•   Verbalize their need for items via sign language (help, milk, more)
•   Speaks their first 5 words (mom, dad, paci, milk)
•   Uses 1 word sentences (with incorrect grammar)
•   Points or crawls toward items of interest (paci, bottle, mom or dad)
•   Happily plays near another child and grabs items of interest

Fine Motor/Academic Skills:
•   Explores paint & sensory materials
•   Enjoys music & moves to the music when singing or dancing
•   Explores musical instruments
•   Introduced to primary colors
•   Responds to their name by turning their head or shrieking
•   Grasp marker or spoon with fist grip
•   Identifies important family members in print
•   Develops preferences about centers in the classroom
•   Enjoys books & tries to eat them
•   Holds book with two hands (not the proper orientation)
•   Introduced to all types of books & real pictures of real life objects

Gross Motor/Self-Help
•   Lays on back comfortably, moves head from side to side
•   Enjoys tummy time for at least 2-3 minutes
•   Rolls from back to front and front to back without assistance
•   Kicks legs & moves arms
•   Grabs objects with a clinched fist
•   Stretches fingers from a fist to pointing
•   Claps hands together or on objects
•   Moves body from a tummy position to roll back onto their knees
•   Transitions from rocker on knees to a full crawl
•   Pulls torso up onto shelves
•   Practice balance by holding shelf while standing
•   Takes a step with assistance
•   Walks for 5-10 steps with assistance
•   Walks for 2-3 steps without assistance
•   Throws anything
•   Attempts to pull on/off clothes (especially socks)
•   Attempts to control large muscle movements
•   Pulls themselves from a seated position to standing without assistance
•   Practice balance (picks up toy with both hands from a seated position)
•   Responds to body cues (cries when a need arises)
•   Enjoys reflections in the mirror (especially themselves)

 

examples of toddler activities (12 mo - 24 mo)

Social/Emotional/Communication:
•   Develops preferences & begins to verbalize what they are
•   Interacts comfortably with adults & peers
•   Leaves a toy & doesn’t expect toy to still belong to them
•   Displays emotions: anger, joy, sadness
•   Take ownership of personal items: water bottle, blanket
•  Explores how sounds feels & words sound while speaking
•   Mimic & repeat 10-20 favorite words
•   Verbalize their need for help via sign language or “help”
•   Can communicate, “______ (their name).” (without use of correct pronouns)
•   Uses 1-2 word sentences (with incorrect grammar)
•   Verbalize basic needs “blanket”, “paci”, “milk”, “play”, “mom”, “dad”
•   Happily plays near another child without stealing their toy

Fine Motor/Academic Skills:
•   Explores paint, sensory materials and determines they are not food
•   Uses large manipulative & large 2 D blocks
•   Recognizes some animals- their sounds
•   Knows the names of objects related to them (paci, blanket, head, toes, eye)
•   Enjoys music & moves to the music when singing or dancing
•   Explores & uses drums, shakers properly
•   Knows their name
•   Grasp marker or spoon with fist grip
•   Identifies important family members in print
•   Develops preferences about centers in the classroom
•   Enjoys books & determines they are not food
•   Holds book right side up & turns pages (with assistance) from right to left
•   Requests important stories and songs
•   Introduced to all types of art mediums & expresses feelings through art

Gross Motor/Self-Help
•   Run & chase (older toddlers)
•   Throws a ball underhand
•   Attempts to pull on/off clothes
•   Flip jacket on “magic jacket style” take shoes on/off
•   Attempts to control large muscle movements
•   Understands where their body is in relation to the rest of the room
•   Walks in a line to/from outside time without assistance
•   Pushes carts or strollers to establish balance (young toddlers)
•   Pulls themselves from a seated position to standing without assistance
•   Practice balance (picks up toy with one hand from a standing position)
•   Responds to body cues (retrieves water cup from the bin when thirsty)