Infant Curriculum Program
Our new infant curriculum is made for babies ages 9 – 12 months. We have added a lot of “hands on” fun activities that involve some “Heuristic Play Materials” such as water bottles, milk cartons, sturdy plastic covers, egg cartons, hair rollers, shower curtain rings, napkin holders and other every day materials.
What is heuristic play? Heuristic comes from a Greek word eurisko “meaning to discover”, heuristic play was developed about 30 years ago by Educational Psychologists, Elinor Goldschmeid. Heuristic play offers baby's different types of textures and items for the baby's to explore to help them develop their senses; touch, smell, hearing, sight and taste. Some of the items that they would include for the baby's to play with would be sturdy plastic cups, plastic jar covers, milk cartons (cardboard ones) egg cartons, hair rollers, shower curtain rings and many other items.
What About Sharing?
Babies that are mobile don’t always like to share and the types of items we try to use in our curriculum are mostly items that are very easy to “provide a lot of them” so there are plenty of items to go around and less stress to the baby's "feeling they need to share". One theory behind heuristic play is that you “provide a lot of materials” and only leave the materials down for a short time while the children are being “observed” playing with the items and the teachers let them play with the materials; however they want, as long as they are not hurting themselves or anyone else. We decided to use some of these "types of items" in our curriculum and to turn them into “learning activities” this way they are playing with the items and learning with them too! In our infant curriculum we have tried to incorporate some heuristic play items with a touch of Montessori ideas and some preschool themes (changed for babies) to make our “hands on learning curriculum.”
What Are Sensory Activities
We have tried to provide a lot of sensory activities which include touching different textures such as fake fur, velour, corduroy, felt, and other types of textures along with handling different types of items such as metal cans (no sharp edges), jar covers, hair rollers, and many other items along with some water play on their high chairs and some finger painting with corn meal or strained carrots with a bib on and in their high chairs.
Learning Through Play
As you probably know a lot of "Infant Curriculums" are not really suitable for infants. Most of the actives are too hard for the infants to actually master. We know that not all infants will be able to sit, crawl and walk at the same age, some will sit up at 6 months, others at 9 months, but we have tried to make our activities as “baby friendly” as possible for the babies 9 to 12 months. You may find some of the learning activities can’t be mastered by all the babies, don’t worry, they should still be able to “play with the materials and they are learning through play” babies actually learn a lot from playing, through play they can learn a lot of new skills that they will use now and in the future.By using our curriculum they will be exposed to a lot of new ideas, sensory items to touch and lots of songs and rhymes to help to stimulate and encourage the babies to explore their environment.
Hands On Learning Program
Our infant curriculum was designed to introduce infants to a variety of play materials where they can learn and grow and discover the world around them. We try to provide the infants in our care with a fun activity based “hands on learning program” where the infants will learn by using their “five senses” by seeing pictures, by handling the learning materials, hearing songs and stories and learning a few simple signs (sign language) so they can communite with their caregivers!
Hands On Activities
Our new infant curriculum has a group time, sensory time, play time, massage time, Five signs per month (sign language) along withe some cute songs and rhymes to capture the infants attention plus help them to learn, they can learn a lot through our infant program. These activities are not only to entertain the children but to help them learn through sensory play and lots of fun “hands on” activities.
Enjoy the Activities with your group.
We have worked very hard on getting the curriculum put together. We hope you enjoy the activities with your infants. We hope your infant group has as much fun with these activities as our infants do.