Children ages 6 weeks to 1 year old, can enroll in our infant classroom: the “Owls.” In the first year, babies learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Teachers will work on cognitive or brain development which is the learning process of memory, language, thinking, and reasoning. Learning language is more than making sounds (“babble”), or saying “ma-ma” and “da-da”. Teachers will work on teaching listening, understanding, and knowing the names of people which are all a part of language development. During this stage, babies also are developing bonds of love and trust with their parents and others as part of social and emotional development. The way teachers and parents cuddle, hold, and play with their baby will set the basis for how they will interact with them and others.
Teachers send out daily emails, detailing the activities of the day and skills that were worked on. Pictures are also included in the email so that parents can see their little one during their work day. Parents and teachers will discuss each child’s development during parent teacher conferences held in the fall and spring. Families will have the opportunity to attend participate in mystery readers and community helpers in their child’s classroom. Additional programs such as trunk or treat, thanksgiving luncheon, and a holiday program, will be held throughout the year.