What will my infant/toddler do on a typical day?
Each session follows a sequence of activities. Consistency is important to promote a sense of security. Daily activities provide a balance between stimulation and relaxation, individual, small and large group activities. Creative activities and group times are based on the daily themes. Developmentally appropriate activities are designed for this age group and children are encouraged to participate in developmentally appropriate ways.
Inside Activities: The first forty five minutes of the lab session (9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 12:45-3:00 p.m.) are designed for the free "choice" play that revolves around learning centers designed by the Infant/Toddler Program staff and students. This time would include dramatic play, free expression art, science and math activities, and other creative activities that enhance small and large motor skills, cognitive skills and social/emotional skills.
Meals: A variety of foods are served based on the food pyramid, a nutritionally sound program developed by the U.S.D.A. They are chosen in order to promote the use of utensils and fingers. Self-help skills and appropriate behavior are encouraged. Daily menus are posted on the Infant/Toddler Parent Information bulletin boards. Three school meals are served each day at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. Parents may bring additional snacks to be served to their child during late afternoon extended care. Families provide formula, breast milk, and/or baby food for infants.
Circle Time: This time emphasizes the weekly theme. A combination of songs, music, story telling, finger plays, and active physical participation is used.
Outdoor Classroom: The activities in our outdoor learning environment are designed to encourage large muscle development. Children are given opportunities to have outdoor play everyday weather permitting. According to guidelines, children have daily outdoor play at 25degrees and above.
In addition, teachers and college students add new activities each day that relate to the current themes. These involve dramatic play, science, sensorimotor, and the discovery table.