Safe Care Learning Center Infant Curriculum

 

Infants: Soft Beginners (0-6 months) and Safe Starters (6-12 months)

  Amazing Movers (12-18 months) and Safe Steppers (18-24 months)

 

Soft Beginners, Safe Starters, Amazing Movers, and Safe Steppers curriculum is designed to develop and encourage each infant’s individuality.  Babies participate in soft sensory based learning experiences while receiving loving, nurturing, and positive guidance to enhance each learning milestone. At Safe Care Learning Center infants are constantly learning through observation of their environment. Our Soft Beginners, Safe Starters, Amazing Movers and Safe Steppers will engage our early learners with fun activities that build upon their physical well-being and motor development, approaches to learning, social and emotional development, communication, language and literacy, mathematics and science, creative arts, and social studies. Activities in the Soft Beginners, Safe Starters, Amazing Movers and Safe Steppers classrooms include: peek-a-boo, simple wooden puzzles, sing along, tummy time, music, exploring.

 

Areas of Development

The Soft Beginners, Safe Starters, Amazing Movers, and Safe Steppers infant curriculum focuses on your infant’s primary area of development.

 

Physical Well-being and Motor Development

  • Establishes healthy eating and sleeping patterns with the assistance of a responsive adult.

  • Shows increasing balance, strength, and coordination in activities such as gaining control of the head and body turning head from side to side, lifting head off the floor, sitting and standing.

  • Using hand-eye coordination to perform self-help and small motor activities such as eating with fingers, placing objects on a surface, and transferring objects from hand to hand.

Approaches to Learning

  • Using their senses to choose, explore, and manipulate a variety of objects or toys in many different ways.

  • Maintain focus on people or objects of interest, play experiences, or novel events. Also hold the attention of familiar adult; for example through eye contact.

  • Uses an object, action, or adult to accomplish tasks, such as pulling a string to reach a toy or pushing a button to hear a sound.

  • Use sight, smells, sounds, textures, and taste to explore and experience routines and materials within environment.

Social and Emotional Development

  • Responds to familiar adults and children’s interactions through using behaviors such as gazing, cuddling, and accepting assistance.

  • Indicates need for assistance such as crying, gesturing, vocalizing, etc. also begins to express a variety of feelings and emotions through the body such as face expressions, actions, and/or verbal responses.

  • Seeks and maintains contact with familiar adult; for example, by looking at the adult, hearing the adult’s voice, or touching the adult.

  • Starts reacting by playing with peers, including showing interest in them or calling them by name.

Communication, Language, and Literacy

  • Responds to vocalizations and communications, verbal and nonverbal, of familiar adults.

  • Respond to or engages in songs, rhyming games, or finger plays with a familiar adult. Shows interest in books such as picking them up, mouthing them, or flipping through pages.

  • Grasps and/or manipulates a variety of objects in his/her environment. Also scribbles spontaneously, usually using fist grip.

Mathematics and Science

  • Begins to notice characteristics of objects such as size, color, shape, or quantity.

  • Demonstrates expectations for familiar sequences of routines and experiences such as crying when it is near feeding time.

  • Starting to take objects apart or starting to learn how to fill an empty container.

  • Shows understanding of objects permanence by looking for people and objects that have disappeared.

Creative Arts

  • Manipulates and explores play materials within the environment and gazes at pictures or mirror images.

  • Shows interest in songs, tones, rhythms, voices, and music. Enjoys exploring ways of interacting with others through touch and motion.

  • Imitates the sound, facial expression, gestures, or behaviors of another person.

Social Studies

  • Recognizes familiar adults and uses them to determine safety during exploration.

  • Chooses and participates in familiar experiences, including songs and stories from his or her home culture.

  • Explores and plays with new, as well as familiar objects, in the environment using all five senses.