”Do not erase the designs the child make in the soft wax of his early life”
– Dr. Maria Montessori
The Infant program is for children ages 6 weeks through 12 months. The program focuses on specific aspects of learning such as non-verbal communication, gross motor skills, and socialization. Still new to the world, infants are surrounded by an array of sensations and impressions. Our staff is specially trained to help them make sense of these perceptions to learn about the world that surrounds them. The daily schedule of our Infants program has been designed to meet the unique needs of our youngest students. Daily routines such as feeding, changing positions, napping and diapering are performed as needed. One-on-one activities and face-to-face interactions are provided throughout the day.
Below is an example of a typical day in our Toddlers program!
We have separate play areas for Walkers and non-walkers. The non-walkers have exercises that encourage rolling over, pushing up, sitting up and crawling. In addition, our caregivers work with the infants to track objects with their eyes as well as sounds.
We have age appropriate toys for each group. Walkers have toys that encourage language skills. Caregivers use items in role playing or dramatic play to teach language skills.
Baby sign promotes communication before a child can verbally communicate with others. Since gestures are part of normal speech, teaching baby sign allows infants to learn an aspect of communication that is used with language. It is not, however designed to replace language. Prior to any teaching of signs by adults, children will gesture while making babbling sounds or without babbling. They will not however, during infancy, babble without making a gesture. This demonstrates that infants can learn gestures before mastering verbal skills. Therefore, those who learn these simplified signs may enhance their cognitive development by gaining language skills through both visual and auditory modes. In an article psychologist, Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon has considered in detail the theory behind the growth of this phenomenon It is widely recognized that communication is at the heart of cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development in children. Baby sign may assist in improving these significant developmental functions.