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Infant

A Time of Tremendous Growth and Development For an Infant

Your infant will grow and change more during his first 18 months than at any other time in his life. A nurturing environment that is rich in appropriate stimuli will help your infant become fully "awake" to the world around him. As your baby has her basic needs responded to, two important developments occur. First, she begins to develop a sense that the environment and the people in that environment can be trusted to pay attention to her needs and interests.

Second, she will begin to develop an image of herself as someone worthy of this care and attention. The sense of trust in the environment and the sense of self as a worthy individual provide the foundation for the emergence of autonomy and independence that follows.

To best respond to your infant's needs and emerging skills, Little Leprechaun has developed separate care practices for two infant age groups.

Infants 6 weeks to 9 months of age

Infants aged 6 weeks to 9 months of age are provided with a safe and psychologically nurturing environment.Throughout the day infants are engaged in stimulating cognitive activities to support their growing awareness of, and interaction with, their environment.

A great deal of one-on-one attention is given to each infant and age appropriate toys and activities that assist in each developmental stage are used throughout the day. Story time and classical music are also part of their daily routine.

Infants 9 months to 18 months of age

Infants graduate to this room when they become actively mobile (through either crawling or walking). The continued development of gross motor skills is encouraged through age- and physically - appropriate toys and activities. At this age it is important for infants to explore their new-found mobility and growing sense of self, so we provide plenty of time and a safe environment to do so.Though verbal communication is not yet possible, language skills are encouraged and infants begin instruction in Sign Language. Whether a child wants "more milk" or is "all done", through Sign Language we are giving him an alternative way to express his wants and needs.The daily curriculum consists of color recognition, large and small motor skills, and language development. Short group activities are planned throughout the day and children engage in art, music, and story time.

We recognize the wide variety of parenting styles and schedules at the infant age groups, so our parents dictate their child's care schedule. Care is provided in a style that builds continuity with the home environment. This includes individual eating, sleeping, and playtime schedules.

 

Your Infant's Day at Little Leprechaun

Your six month old infant has a lot to learn! Reacting to sounds, holding his bottle, and developing motor and language skills are but a few. Right now his brain is building millions of connections that are necessary for healthy, robust development. We make sure every day provides opportunities for growth and discovery.Each week our teachers build lesson plans that are specially geared towards your infant's growing motor and cognitive abilities. These skills are further built upon as your infant graduates to the next room, where she can join with other infants who have discovered the joys of mobility. At this age, we are already practicing techniques based on ground-breaking discoveries in the areas of infant development by Piaget,Erikson, and Vygotsky*.Through the use of Little Leprechaun's exclusive parent - controlled webcams, you'll have the opportunity to peek in (or check up!) on your child anytime throughout the day. Simply log-on to the Little Leprechaun Parent's Corner.

Each evening you will receive a Day Sheet that details your child's activity throughout the day. You will be given complete details on what and how much she ate or drank that day, times and detail of diaper changes, nap times, and a special note about what activities she engaged in and enjoyed that day.

When The Day is Done

Each evening you will receive a Day Sheet that details your child's activity throughout the day. You will be given complete details on what and how much she ate or drank that day, times and detail of diaper changes, nap times, and a special note about what activities she engaged in and enjoyed that day.

Sample Weekly Lesson Plan for Infants Aged 6 Weeks to 9 Months

Skill of the week: Holding your bottle

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Language Whispering in baby's year. Encourage head turning Babble to baby and encourage talk back Black & white Book Animal Book Say Words "ma-ma" and "da-da"
Music/ Sounds Wind Chimes Dancing with the baby Pat-a-cake Old MacDonald Sunshine Songs
Gross Motor Skills Stretching: Stretch and move baby's arms and legs Exercising: as baby grasps fingers pull up slightly Movin & Groovin: Gently move baby's arms and legs in circular motion Kicking: Encourage baby to kick a toy Roll and Reach: Encourage baby to roll and reach
Fine Motor Skills Encourage baby to use both hands Tummy Time Shake a rattle Look at a Light Rolling the ball
Other Ticking Game Bubbles Peek-A-Boo Baby's Reflection Peek-A-Boo

 

Sample Weekly Lesson Plan for Infants Aged 9 to 18 Months

Skill of the week: Clapping

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Book of the day My Daddy Snoopy Bye-Bye Look See Zoo Flowers
Music Toddler Songs Nursery Rhymes ThumbPrint Tape Toddler's Story Tape ThumbPrint Tape
Gross Motor Skills Ball Catch and Throw Dance to the Music Jump and Stomp Rocking a Horse Bill Catch Throw, Kick
Fine Motor Skills Puzzle Time Make a train with blocks Clapping for each other open and close fingers Turn Page of the Book
Other Place Cups by Sizes Hold Hands Touch a Different Texture Put Toys in the Bag Open and Close the Box