- Tools of the Mind
- Chants & Fingerplay
The Infant Room collaborates with the Preschool in our thematic studies and incorporates art, literature, math, science, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL) throughout the day. We believe strongly in encouraging your young child to experiment, get messy, and have fun!
Tools of the Mind
The emphasis for infants and toddlers is to give them the tools and techniques to communicate effectively (i.e. get what they want) and how to control their bodies. By incorporating the latest brain research on language development, plus tried and true fine/gross motor development activities we assist your young child in reaching their full potential.
What we do:
- Wait for a response.
- Accept the fact that Baby decides whether to respond or not; it is her choice.
- Respond to what she says.
- Welcome enthusiastically every effort she makes to talk with voice, facial expression, and touch.
- Assign meanings to the specific sounds that she says repeatedly.
- Separate children in conflict and give attention to the victim.
- Use real words when talking to babies and toddlers.
What we don't do:
- Use "baby talk".
- Ignore Baby.
- Ask a question and leave no time for Baby to answer.
- Neglect to answer her.
- Imitate or make fun of the sounds she makes.
- Correct her pronunciation.
- Try to force her to answer or respond.
- Use "time-outs"
American Sign Language (ASL)
Research has shown that ASL connects to a completely different part of the brain as opposed to just visual or auditory learning. We teach (and use) approxiamately five new ASL signs per thematic unit. We see an increase in comprehension, memory, and fine motor skills by using ASL. We are huge fans of the Signing Times video series.
Chants & Fingerplay
There is a reason that "patty-cake" has been around since the 1600's. Simple, repetetive rhymes engage a young childs mind through music and movement - two keys to long term memory and comprehension. Papoose staff loves to sing songs, old & new, while encouraging fine motor skill development through finger/hand movements. When a two year old masters the "Where is Thumbkin?" chant and can manipulate her fingers with amazing dexterity - it is truly amazing!
"Learning is an inverse function of age. The younger the baby is, the faster he will learn. If the baby is provided with visual, auditory and tactile stimulation with increased frequency, intensity and duration and given enhanced mobility, language and manual competence opportunity, he will develop more rapidly in all areas. This will increase his overall understanding of the world around him and greatly increase his interaction with his family. His happiness, health and general well-being are also significantly improved by stimulation and opportunity." - Janet Doman is a specialist in child brain development and infant stimulation and the author of How Smart Is Your Baby? Develop and Nurture Your Newborn's Full Potential (Square One Publishing, 2006).