For instance, while feeding, the caregiver may point to her nose, eyes and mouth, and then point to the child’s nose, eyes and mouth. After repeating this a few times, the baby begins to point to the caregiver’s nose, eyes and mouth, and will mimic the sounds that will soon become words.
Working equally well for younger infants is singing songs during diaper changes. We also have pictures on the floor and at the children’s eye level to stimulate looking, listening and talking.
We offer a wide range of materials for developing fine motor skills and sensory perception. Some are commercial toys such as baby gyms, snap-together beads and activity quilts. Staff members also have created toys including our favorite, plastic bottles filled with bells, balls, water, etc. What wonderful sounds these toys make!
From our daily walks inside and outside (weather permitting), to Cool Whip art, playing peek-a-boo, blowing and popping bubbles, reading books and singing songs, our infant room is a very busy and happy place to be.
Infant Room (approximate) Daily Schedule
The infants are on their own individual schedules.
Diaper changes are every 2 hours and as needed.
|8:30||Music & Movement|
|9:00||Outside (weather permitting or Indoor Gross Motor|
|11:00||Outside (weather permitting) or Indoor Gross Motor|
|12:30||Music & Movement|
|1:00||Toddler Nap Time|
|5:00||Outside (weather permitting) or Indoor Gross Motor|
|Group planning for the week of:|
|Changes to the environment: More children are now walking.|
|Changes to routine & schedule: Stronger emphasis on sorting & matching activities|
|Family involvement: Have parents bring in family photos|
|Indoor Experiences||Sorting Shapes |
|Stacking Rings |
|Cars & Trucks |
Fish & Turtles
|Stacking Cups |
|Outdoor Experiences||Containers||Little People||Duplo Blocks||Pegs||Animals|
|Thoughts for next week:||Incorporate more sensory materials|