Walkers - Independent Learners
The goal in our Infant environment is to instill self-confidence through support of the child’s innate curiosity while also maintaining a balance with the developing skills required for respectful social interactions.
The Infant environment is a child-centered, fun, and explorative environment for children walking to approximately age 2. Our classroom focuses on:
Language development through spoken language and conversation, specific language materials, and a vast, rotating library.
Fine and gross motor development through eye-hand specific manipulatives and independent use of child sized furnishings.
Independence in self-care and care of environment, developing an interest in using the toilet.
Social development - through modeling and direct teaching of respectful social interactions.
Music, expressive movement, and art are a weekly part of the curriculum.
Emphasis is given to both quality time spent concentrating on purposeful indoor activities as well as outdoor activities and free exploration in nature. Social interactions are consistently guided in a loving and sensitive approach based on respect for individual differences.
Teachers and assistants are trained to interact with children based on knowledge of the direct influence of positive relationships to brain/mind/personality development. Developing close relationships with families, and consistent daily communication is a priority.
8:15 - 8:30 Arrival and greetings
8:30 - 10:30 Indoor/Outdoor work period with Montessori materials, lessons, art, books, gardening, music and movement, morning circle, and community 9am snack which includes washing hands, sitting down for snack together, and clean up
10:30 - 11:15 Community lunch, which includes washing hands, eating together and clean up
11:15 - 11:30 Prepare half day children for pick up
11:30 - 2:00 Afternoon nap/rest time
2:00 - 2:45 Indoor activities and afternoon snack
2:45 - 3:00 Prepare full day children for pick up
3:00 - 5:30 After school care with indoor and outdoor activities and play.