Our Parent-Infant Community meets once a week, for 90 minutes.
This program is specially tailored to the youngest learners. In our carefully prepared environment little babies blossom into capable and independent children while having fun. Children explore at their own pace and make their own choices. Soon, they learn self-care and everyday-life skills. They expand their vocabulary, practice sensorial discrimination and develop art and music awareness. Parents and caregivers learn about child development, create a strong bond with their children, and meet other parents with similar interests.
The Parent-Child class is a place for both children and adults to learn. Children learn by exploring the environment; adults learn through observation.
All the activities in the program are designed to allow children to gain independence and encourage them to separate from their parents for short periods of time.
When children arrive, they hang their coats and bags (if they bring any) in low hooks, and take off their shoes. They should do these activities by themselves, as much as possible.
Now, they are free to explore the environment and choose the activities they prefer.Parents are kindly encouraged to sit and observe their children, rather than choosing work for them. When left by themselves, children tend to pick activities that fulfill the need to develop a certain skill.
The class lasts 90 minutes. For the first 45 minutes children engage in free activity. At this point, some children help the teacher with the preparation of snacks. When snacks are ready, all children clean up the room, wash hands, and set the table. We provide a group snack in a formal table setting, to teach table manners, and grace and courtesy. Children are invited to serve their own food and pour their own drinks, using appropriately sized dishes and utensils. When they have finished eating, children are encouraged to clean up.
Towards the end of the class, children may join the teacher in a short group activity of rolling a ball, dancing with scarves, or playing musical instruments. When the weather permits, these or other activities may be carried out outside (Note: the outdoor environment is available throughout the class, with parents' supervision).