Summer Recap: Summer 2019 was filled with fun, we dived under the sea recognizing the amazing fishes who live beneath. They created great artwork such as an octopus, starfish, and sharks. Our special project this month was making a rainbow fish made with glitter. It was also great learning about the outer space the infants enjoyed coloring planets using chubby crayons as well as making some mysteries aliens. They also learned about farm animals and the noises they can make, we sang “Old McDonald” and “The farmer and his den”. This summer we had fun water days the babies enjoyed splashing in the water and taking turns playing with the buckets in the nice hot weather. Also on bubble days they enjoyed reaching to pop them and would clap their hands for more, testing our fine motor skills!
September Recap: Welcome back to school! In September we learned about the continents. The infants enjoyed making an animal from each country with paint such as a moose and a zebra. It was a great way to practice eye-hand coordination. This is a perceptual-motor skill that requires the ability of the eyes to perceive and understand object within the environment in relation to our bodies. The special project we did this month was making an apple on the first day of school to add on to our new memory book for this year. It will be filled with art we have done and pictures with friends as well! We also practiced rolling over by placing a toy on their left direction. Encouraging them to move to in the opposite direction.
October Recap: In October, we learned about our five senses! The infants practiced touching differentsensory bags. They enjoyed exploring with their hands and mouth. We also practiced making animal noises associated with different common animals. Our special project was reading Spooky Faces with our class and exploring our sensory skills with a pumpkin! After scraping all the seeds out, our class was able to feel the insides of a pumpkin. Our infants were curious and interested about the making of a pumpkin’s sliminess. We enjoyed making lots of “Spooky” artwork. Our class had so much fun creating different Halloween theme related projects. For artwork, we made baby bats, baby mummy’s,and baby Frankenstein’s, while utilizing our small feet to create more sensory “Spooky” artwork. This work made us smile as it was ticklish. We also learned about our feelings. Each infant has the opportunity to explore their feelings with their teacher. We helped each child label their feelings with a word and validating that feeling, along with developing an appropriate response to ensure each child’s needs are met. We talk with each child to let them know what we are doing and what that child is learning during that task. A great example of this is during a diaper change; we explain the process and each step we are completing with that individual child. It’s a great opportunity to bond with each child.
November Recap: In November, we learned about Harvest and Healthy Bodies. Choosing the right food groups can make our bodies strong and healthy. We painted different kinds of vegetables and fruits. We created a cute little garden that included our healthy items such as carrots, corn, and strawberry’s that were created using our tiny feet. We explored the color brown by creating a sensory project, which involved splashing brown paint onto a paper plate and creating a turkey. Our infants truly enjoy getting messy and exploring sensory stimulation. To enhance our baby sign vocabulary, we taught our baby scholars how to sign “thank you”. We have also started to teach the sign for “more” and “please” to help each child learn how to express their individual needs. Baby Sign language promotes advanced language, literacy, and cognition. We had fun making Thanksgiving art with different media and using our little hands or feet to create masterpieces.
December Recap: In the month of December, we learned about Seasons and Holidays. We made cute foot art projects such as a tiny “foot” tree, cute little “foot” reindeer representing Christmas, and “small” baby menorah celebrating Hanukkah. Our classroom explored through seasonal sensory bottles that had jingle bells, fake snow, small ornaments, and snowflakes. The jingle bell sensory bottle was a favorite among all the infants. The infants had so much fun dancing away to the bells as we sang “jingle bells” and “I’m a little snowman”. Their little smiles and clapping hands were precious. We practiced clapping our hands for fine motor skills it takes about three months for babies to realize their hands are attached to their bodies. Some infants have mastered this, and others are becoming aware of their little hands. The month was filled with holiday spirt. We read First 100 Christmas Objects and we also read Pete the Cat, Save’s Christmas. Our scholars love story time. Each child is interested in the book and their teacher reading. Storytime is a great opportunity to introduce infants to language development and learning inflections within language.
January Recap: In January we learned about winter animals and hibernation. Our classroom created different types of art that represented animals hibernating. The children created hibernation animal art such as a polar bear and a porcupine. When painting, each child has the opportunity to work on hand-eye coordination. Eye-hand coordination is the ability to take sensory input from the eyes and translate it into motions with the hands to navigate the world. They explored a basket filled with leaves and pinecones. Our classroom enjoyed hearing the familiar sound of leaves crumbling and feeling the different textures. We also had fun finger-painting with white paint to represent snowflakes for winter. We also gave each child the opportunity to practice fine motor skills during this common playtime of stacking blocks. Stacking blocks helps reinforce fine motor skills and teaches children that learning is fun and enjoyable while also encouraging your child to develop his or her abilities even further. In January we read Little Raccoon and Little Moose. This book illustrates how different animals live in the wild and provides the different features each animal has that is unique to them. The babies love reading this book and seeing the pictures.
February Recap: In February, we learned about friendship! We practiced sharing toys with our friends by taking turns. We learned about sharing and parallel play. Infants probably don’t play with other babies at this age. Instead, they are content to sit alongside a potential pal, seemingly ignoring them, while they both sort shapes and chew whatever they can get their hands on. This is called parallel play, and it is age developmentally appropriate for babies and toddlers. At this they are still busy figuring out so much about the world and doesn’t yet realize that people his/her own size are indeed people (who might actually be fun to do stuff with). They are too young to make friends, but companionable side-by-side play is a good start. If they frequently spend time with the same group of babies, he or she may even seek out a special few to sit alongside more frequently. Our special project was learning how to crinkle pink paper. This is a great way for them to learn how paper feels in their hands. They were encouraged to use their hands and look through the sensory bin and touched all the different textures paper can have. Many of them enjoyed the different textures paper can have and the different shapes that were in the bins (circles, hearts, triangle, etc.). We also learned to mix different colors to make a brand new one. We love finger painting here in the class and the feeling of paint in our hands. The children enjoy moving the white and red paint together to make the color pink.
March News: In March we will be learning about the Rainforest and South America. We will be doing art depicting different animals that lives in the rainforest and making hand and footprints. We will be painting with the color green and having sensory activities involving grass and leaves. We are excited for Spring and warmer weather so we can spend more time outside!