Infants & Toddler Curriculum

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Our award-winning, nationally accredited Dick and Dottie Appelbaum Infant & Toddler Center offers peace of mind that your child is in a safe, secure, and loving environment. We recognize the importance of your child’s first two years of life. In order to strengthen bonding and attachment, infants typically spend two years with at least one of their teachers. Infants and toddlers explore a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, which strengthens the child’s quest for independence and self-confidence.

Caring for infant

Our program offers the whole package:

  • Beautiful, carefully designed classrooms, equipped with kitchen set-ups, soft and natural lighting and an abundance of developmentally appropriate toys
  • Low infant-to-teacher ratio
  • Consistency of care
  • Individualized lesson plans and schedules, so parents and teachers reinforce each other’s efforts
  • “Whole baby” approach to childcare, seeing the infant as a human being whose physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs must all be addressed
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum offered by trained educators
  • All children enjoy weekly specialists in Judaic values curriculum, foreign languages, music, gross motor skills, and sign language
  • Physical education, emphasizing gross motor skills using our tot patio fully equipped with a safe resilient surface

Curriculum

Social and Emotional Development

  • Respond to talking, smiling, touching
  • Vocalize to gain attention
  • Develop a positive self-concept
  • Separate from parents without stress
  • Use classroom materials properly
  • Want to do things for self
  • Become a participant in group activities

Cognitive and Language Development

  • Play Peek-a-boo
  • Babble and practice sounds
  • Find object hidden under a cover
  • Know where familiar things are kept
  • Show one body part
  • Respond to own name
  • Follow simple commands
  • Stack rings
  • Imitate words and actions of adults
  • Match two simple objects
  • Develop tactile awareness
  • Use simple sentences

Physical Development

Refine motor skills by:
  • Reaching and picking up objects
  • Transferring objects from hand to hand
  • Purposefully dropping items into a container
  • Stacking blocks
  • Completing simple puzzles
  • Stringing large beads
  • Using a crayon to make marks
Refine gross motor skills by:
  • Tracking objects by moving head
  • Holding up head when sitting supported
  • Creeping backward and forward
  • Crawling with regular movement
  • Moving body in time to music
  • Pushing and pulling toys
  • Walking alone
  • Catching a ball

Life Skills

  • Reach for and hold bottle
  • Feed finger foods to self
  • Assist in undressing
  • Wash hands
  • Participate in clean-up

Music:

  • Music specialist
  • Finger plays
  • Listening skills
  • Following directions
  • Rhythm and beat
  • Music appreciation
  • Exploration of instruments
  • Dance, sing and move to music

Jewish Culture:

  • Judaic specialist
  • Celebration of Jewish holidays
  • Celebration of Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Holiday and Bible stories
  • Hebrew language and blessings
  • Values, charity, respect for people and animals, helping at home, kindness

Imaginative & Constructive Play:

  • Dramatic play with props, dolls, dress up, doctor’s kit, phone, and more.
  • Transportation toys, airplanes, wooden trains, cars and mats
  • Blocks and manipulative toys for building and creating scenarios