We understand that during this age, you want to spend as much time as possible with your little one, and at Preston Kiddie Kollege we want to give you the resources to do that. That’s why we offer a private room for you to utilize during your lunch break, before you start your busy day, or even at the end of the day before running home. Here, you can bond with your baby and spend those precious moments together. Whether it be for moms to comfortably nurse or for parents to spend special feeding or play time with your little ones, it’s yours to use whenever you need it.
In our youngest room, our teachers like to focus on the importance of sound, sight, and touch for a good foundation of your baby’s learning journey. As our teachers talk, sing, and build trust with your babies, their brains are already trying to tell the difference between sounds and tones of voice. There are vibrant age-appropriate toys and mobiles for your baby to look at, feel, and interact with. We also introduce tummy time and head control so that your baby can begin to build their independence and practice gross motor skills. When your baby is on the floor for tummy time, a bright colored toy is placed just out of their reach to encourage looking and reaching which builds those muscles that prepare them for sitting up and crawling. During these crucial first few months of life, infants absorb everything by experiencing and being part of their environment. Therefore, it’s important that this classroom is calming, positive, and loving to your growing baby along with their growing mind.
At this age, we continue to build on baby’s gross motor skills with tummy time, pulling up on things to stand, self-feeding, reading, babbling, and lots of eye contact. Our teachers also introduce sensory activities such as finger painting and playing with objects that have different textures as well as introducing associations such as saying ‘yay!’ while clapping. We also tell them the sounds that animals make while being shown the picture. During this stage, we encourage babble conversations back and forth by responding when your baby is ‘talking.' At this stage, encouraging pulling up is important to build muscles because they later move into walking. We also practice improving balance and stability for sitting up and straightening their torso muscles. This classroom is accessible to encourage curiosity as well as visually stimulating and inviting to help heighten their ever-growing senses.
During these months, your baby will become eager to explore the world around them. When they’re not playing games like peek-a-boo with their teachers, they will grab anything they can reach, explore it, drop it, or even put it in their mouths. All of this exploration helps them discover that objects still exist even if they are out of sight. This is an important concept called ‘object permanence.’ When baby transitions into the classroom, our teachers practice objectword associations, like ball, car, baby, toy, etc. We also identify simple body parts such as hands, eyes, mouth, tongue, and feet. And we also work on recognizing ‘ma-ma’ and ‘da-da’ when they enter and leave the room, along with waving ‘bye-bye’ to them.
Our preschool teachers use songs with movement and rhyming to spark interest and participation. We also learn ‘nice hands’ when it comes to playing with friends as well as taking turns. It is important also to understand what baby is saying so we introduce simple sign language to express what is wanting to be said such as ‘all done’ and ‘more please.’ At this age, it’s important to set a foundation for sharing with friends and learning to express themselves in a positive way so they can smoothly transition to the next class.
"We play to learn and learn to play"