Infants Center: 6 to 12 months old


The teachers in the infants’ room are primarily concerned with meeting the babies’ daily needs and helping them develop motor skills, language, and a sense of emotional security. Our infants lie, sit, and crawl, and each stage of development has a place in our classroom. In the first year, infants learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Cognitive or brain development means the learning process of memory, language, thinking, and reasoning. Learning language is more than making sounds (“babble”), or saying “ma-ma” and “da-da”. Listening, understanding, and knowing the names of people and things are all a part of language development. During this stage, infants also are developing bonds of love and trust with their parents and others as part of social and emotional development. The way parents and teachers cuddle, hold, and play with infants will set the basis for how they will interact with them and others.



Activities

Play with stacking toys: these make use of his developing ability to organize the world around him, and develop his hand-eye coordination

Interactive rhymes and songs. Songs like ‘Round and Round the Garden’, ‘Incy Wincy Spider’, ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Zoom, Zoom, Zoom’ encourage language and listening skills, as well as giving important one to one communication with the infant.
Talk about the objects around you, so that infant can match up things with their names.

Treasure baskets. These are particularly beneficial for infants when they are able to sit up independently. The infant will happily play for half an hour examining the different objects. This type of play is excellent for their development of concepts.
Interacting with the infant as long as he is attentive to playful activity—use facial, verbal and nonverbal expressions to motivate the infants' physical participation.

Infant Aerobics, Making music and dancing

- Ask infants simple yes or no questions
- Looking at picture books together