Ms Deb's Class - Infants

Greetings to all our families!

We are excited for the changes in weather and cooler temperatures fall brings with it. While outside we get to see and experience leaves that are falling from trees and the different colors, sizes, and textures, furthering our knowledge about the world around us. We are seeing friends in the room who are expanding on their ability to move and explore the space around them, providing opportunities to learn social interactions as they move close to their friends.

As the seasons change, it is time to check the children’s extra clothes for seasonal appropriateness and size as babies grow at a rapid rate.

In October we will be focusing on the Physical Development Early Learning Guidelines. This includes large muscle development, small motor skills, coordination of eye and hand movements, and self-help skills. The ELG for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos states, “During infancy through age three, children are not only growing physically in size but are also gaining control of their bodies. All children should be introduced to both indoor and outdoor space to provide a variety of appropriate physical activities. Small and large muscle skills and self-help skills increase over time. In a healthy and safe environment, children have freedom to move so they can learn and grow to their potential.” Every day we strive to provide the best environment to encourage them to grow. Some of the things we will do to help them to grow their physical development abilities include moving to music with handkerchiefs, holding/rolling balls, and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”; reading books with movements including Let’s Dance Little Pookie; and encouraging them to reach for items placed at the edge of their reach. We will also read Spooky Pookie and have some small pumpkins/gourds to explore.

Debra Sherrell, Master Teacher Infants

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