Welcome to the Janie Edward’s Infant Room. Our classroom is “home away from home” for children 6 weeks to 18 months of age. Each infant is placed with a primary teacher whose goal is to build trust and a close relationship with both the child and their family. We have three full time teachers who believe, like Magna Gerber, that “for babies, being who they are is the curriculum.” We trust in the infant’s ability to be an initiator and an explorer who is eager to learn. We follow their lead and provide a responsive learning environment based on their interests. Teachers verbally reflect on the infant’s exploration by describing the activity that they are engaged in. “You pulled the beads apart. That was hard to do.” Not only does this reinforce their learning but it builds confidence in their abilities.
We foster your infant’s social emotional development by giving them full verbal and physical attention during care giving activities, including diapering, feeding and settling to sleep. We optimize the value of these times by making eye contact, talking to and encouraging infants to participate in these activities as their competencies and interests dictate. We encourage “appropriate” behaviors by talking, modeling and interpreting. For example we might demonstrate and say “Gentle touches” when a child reaches for another child. To further social competencies we organize activities that support and encourage infants to play in proximity to each other. We allow and encourage infants to express their feelings. We identify the feeling and then talk about it. “You are crying. It is hard to say goodbye to Mom and Dad.”
We believe that infants learn best when they are uninterrupted and have the freedom to explore on their own and in their own time. We provide simple play objects that allow infants to use their imaginations and resources to explore.
Your infant will have safe places to move and explore both indoors and outdoors in our beautiful tree lined play yard. Low stable equipment is provided for infants to pull up on and hold on to as well as large muscle equipment to crawl on, slide on, and walk up and down. We have “tummy time” for young infants to strengthen their arm, neck and torso muscles. Your child will have the opportunity to explore all kinds of sensory materials as well as have time to engage in creative activities with crayons, paint, markers, play dough and clay. We look forward to sharing the children’s explorations with you during bi-annual conferences, classroom documentations, The Weekly Note and daily conversations.
8:00-9:00 Free Play
9:00-9:30 Morning Snack
9:30-11:15 Art Activity, Outside- walk or play, Inside- gross motor activities,Morning naps
11:45-12:45 Quiet Activities; books, music, crayons, dress up, sensory table
12:45-3:00 Naps and Quiet Time
3:00-3:15 Afternoon Snack and clean up
3:15-5:30 Free Play, Inside or Outside