INFANTS & TODDLERS PROGRAM

Infant & Toddler ProgramInfant & Toddler Program (6 weeks - 2 years)

Our Infant program is designed to ensure a nurturing, safe, and healthy environment where children feel loved and are encouraged to explore their environment.

Our Toddler program allows the children to develop their cognitive skills, motor skills, sensory skills, language skills, practical life skills, and social skills. The toddlers will also begin their transition into the Primary classroom by working with activities from the five Montessori areas - Language, Math, Practical Life, Sensorial and Cultural Studies.

Curriculum

Infants Program

- Cognitive Skills - focusing on an object; developing a concept of size, color and location; and identifying and matching simple objects and their parts

- Motor Skills - rolling over, grasping objects, developing the pincer grip, putting shapes into holes, stacking assorted objects, pouring dry material from one container to another

- Sensory Skills - following movement with the eyes, experiencing different sounds and textures, recognizing patterns, exploring objects in nature, and identifying “warm” and “cold”

- Language Skills - naming and identifying objects and pictures to expand vocabulary; adding sound effects to stories; following simple directions; identifying objects from their description; and introducing numbers

- Practical Life Skills - using basic eating utensils, caring for the environment by cleaning spills, wiping a table, etc.; and caring for self- pouring water, wiping nose, drinking out of a cup

- Social Skills - imitating facial expressions and sounds, reaching out and touching objects, recognizing songs and anticipates actions, developing cooperation, interacting with others

Toddlers Program

- Cognitive Skills - developing matching skills, assembling simple puzzles, recognizing shapes, identifying objects that belong to a specific group, understanding sequence of events, recognizing symbols used for numbers, and focusing on a moving object

- Motor Skills - developing hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity- stringing objects together, placing and removing objects from a specific place; and transferring objects using the pincer grip

- Sensory Skills - identifying colors and matching pairs of objects by color, identifying and matching objects by pattern and texture, and identifying different sounds and smells

- Language Skills - developing and expanding vocabulary- ten basic body parts, naming colors and pictures in books, practicing basic counting, developing awareness of phonetic sounds, and adding and taking away identical objects

- Practical Life Skills - unrolling and rolling a work mat, sorting and matching objects, caring for the environment by cleaning spills, sweeping, etc.; and caring for self- cutting food into pieces, setting places for meals, pouring liquid from one container to another

- Social Skills - practicing sharing and taking turns, watching and imitating body movements, listening to and following directions, identifying and naming other children, matching photos to people, and recognizing feelings

Daily Schedule

Infant Schedule Toddler Schedule
Children Arrive - Greeting
- Routine Care (feeding, diapering, sleeping)
- Self-directed activities in play areas
- Circle time (Music & Movement, Calendar and Story Time)
- Greeting
- Routine care (breakfast, diapering or going to the potty)
- Self-directed activities in play areas
- Circle time (Music & Movement, Calendar and Story Time)
Mid-Morning - Nap for some, routine care for others
- Planned play: teacher-directed activities for some, self-directed for others
- Outdoor walk/play
- Planned Play: teacher-directed activities for some, self-directed for others
- Snack
- Outdoor play
Late Morning - Lunch
- Nap for some, routine care for others
- Teacher-directed activities for infants who are awake
- Lunch
- Nap for some
- Teacher-directed activities for toddlers who are awake
Mid-Afternoon - Routine care
- Nap for some
- Teacher-directed activities for infants who are awake
- Outdoor walk/play
- Routine care
- Snack
- Teacher-directed activities for some, self-directed for other
- Outdoor play
Late Afternoon - Songs, finger play, music and movement, story time
- Self-directed activities in play areas
- Routine care
- Songs, finger play, music and movement, story time
- Self-directed activities in play areas
- Routine care