Friday, February 3, 2012

Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers

Garden of Blessings provides a LEARNING ENVIRONMENT for Infants and Toddlers

  • Expressing Initiative
  • Distinguishing Self from Others
  • Solving Problems Encountered in Exploration and Play
  • Doing Things for One's Self
  • Forming an Attachment to Primary Caregiver
  • Building Relationships with Other Adults
  • Building Relationships with Peers
  • Expressing Emotions
  • Showing Empathy toward the Feelings and Needs of Others
  • Playing with Others
  • Imitating and Pretending
  • Exploring Building and Art Materials
  • Responding to and Identifying Pictures and Photographs
  • Moving Parts of the Body (turning head, grasping, kicking)
  • Moving the Whole Body (rolling, crawling, cruising, walking, running, balancing)
  • Moving with Others
  • Feeling and Experiencing Steady Beat
  • Listening and Responding
  • Communicating Non Verbally
  • Participating in Two Way Communication
  • Speaking
  • Exploring Picture Books and Magazines
  • Enjoying Stories, Rhymes, and Songs
  • Experiencing "More"
  • Experiencing One to One Correspondence
  • Experiencing the Number of Things
  • Exploring Objects with One's Hands, Feet, Mouth, Eyes, Ears, and Nose
  • Discovering Object Permanence
  • Exploring and Noticing How Things are the Same or Different
  • Exploring and Noticing the Location of Objects
  • Observing People and Things from Various Perspectives
  • Filling and Emptying, Putting In and Taking Out
  • Taking Things Apart and Putting Together
  • Anticipating Familiar Events
  • Noticing the Beginning and Ending of Time Intervals
  • Repeating an Action to Make Something Happen Again: Experiencing Cause and Effect
  • Listening to Music
  • Responding to Music
  • Exploring and Imitating Sounds
  • Exploring Vocal Pitch Sounds

Friday, January 20, 2012

January's Newsletter

Personal Message from Dawn
As most of you know I closed the classroom in August order to take care of the medical needs of our children. I also took the opportunity to go full time at CNM in order to get closer to my goal of getting an AA in Early Education. The time has paid off! Our children are healthier and I finished the semester with three A’s and two B’s. Yea! I am very excited to put into practice what I have learned. Oh how we have missed little ones roaming around the house and look forward to establishing some lasting relationships with the families our Lord provides! 

This Month's Study

As we talk about Community Helpers, and do many play activities, we will learn and practice so many new words that will help us in communicating, reading, and writing throughout our lives. We also will learn a lot about social skills. We will learn that in our community there are people who take care of all the things in our neighborhoods so we can learn, be safe and stay healthy. There are community helpers, such as teachers, doctors, dentists, police officers and firefighters. We will talk about how doctors and dentists help us to stay healthy.  Doctors help us by giving us shots to keep us from getting diseases, or when we feel sick, and they listen to our hears and lungs to make sure they are healthy. Dentists help us by cleaning and fixing our teeth. We will draw about when we went to the doctor or dentist. We will talk about how police officers keep us safe. They can help us find our parents if we are lost. We will learn that if there is an emergency and we need help, we can call the police by dialing “911” on the phone. We will learn that firefighters are who we call if there is a fire. They spray water or chemicals on the fire to put it out. We can call the firefighters by dialing “911” on the phone, just like the police. Firefighters also teach us what to do and how to stay safe if there is a fire. We will learn the mail carriers are community helpers who help us by delivering our mail and bring mail or letters to our homes. Some mail carriers deliver mail in a car while others use a big truck, an airplane or even walk. We will be writing letters to ourselves. We will put our names, addresses and a postage stamp on the envelopes so that it can be mailed.