Peaceful Blessings

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The Peaceful Blessings (6 Wks. to 12 months) are in a nurturing environment, where the teachers are patient and enthusiastic about their growth and development. The Infant curriculum is an introduction to language, socialization, independent exploration, listening, developing cognitive and visual skills in a spiritually based environment. All are accomplished through a series of Infant stimulation activities, such as tracking, floor exercise, exploring numbers and alphabets, story reading, daily worship and praise and exploring the outdoor campus by taking buggy rides at least twice a week. Their daily schedule is kept flexible to adapt to the individual needs of each Infant.

We are proud that our babies:
• Learn through play
• Learn to interact with their peers and teachers
• Learn to interact with their peers and teachers
• Have teachers that create and foster a loving and nurturing environment
• Key areas of child development that we focus on
• Physical/motor development – moves head while lying on stomach, rolls over, pulls to sitting position, self supported sit, pulls to standing position, etc.
• Social, emotional and personal development – imitates movements, laughs and smiles, plays independently for 10 minutes, etc.
• Cognitive development – places objects into container, perform simple gestures on request, etc.
• Communication development – repeats sounds made by others, responds to gestures with gestures, answers simple questions with nonverbal gestures, use of sign language

Daily Schedule
6:30 – 8:00 ~ Drop Off / Morning Care
8:00 – 8:30 ~ Breakfast (Breakfast will not be served any later.)
8:30 – 9:00 ~ Independent Activities
9:00 – 9:30 ~ Praise & Worship / Circle Time
9:30 – 10:00 ~ Independent and Stimulation Activities
10:00 – 10:30 ~ Snack Time
10:30 – 11:00 ~ Outside Walk
11:00 – 11:45 ~ Independent Activities
11:45 – 12:30 ~ Lunch
12:30 – 3:00 ~ Rest Time
3:00 – 6:00 ~ Wake-up, prep for afternoon snack, serve afternoon snack, clean-up, Stimulation Activities, Independent Activities, prep for departure

• It’s important to have a “cut-off” time for arrival (9:00 a.m.), unless your child has a doctor’s appointment, etc. The reasons for this is so that each infant has the opportunity to participate in the planned daily activities and so that parents get used to the normal arrival schedule that’s implemented in all the classrooms
• Please plan on picking up your child no later than 5:45 p.m. in case of last minute diaper changes, bottle making, etc…
• Please make sure that your child has two bottles on hand at all times. Bottles requested at the end of the day must be returned the next day.


Developmental Classroom Goals – Infant Room
Age: About 3 Months

Motor Skills
*Begins to lift head when held on your shoulder.
*Lifts head and chest when lying on stomach.
*Begins to turn head from side to side when placed on stomach.
*Begins to smile.
*Follows a moving person or object with his eyes.
*Discovers hands and feet.
*Grasps a rattle when placed in his hand.

Cognitive Skills
*Turns head towards bright colors and lights.
*Recognizes human voice sounds.
*Recognizes the bottle or breast

Social Skills and Language
*Begins to make cooing or gurgling sounds.
*Can often be quieted down by the sound of a soothing voice or when held.
*Able to communicate hunger, fears, or discomfort through crying and facial expressions.
Age: About 6 Months

Motor Skills
*Holds head steady when helped to a sitting position.
*Reaches for and grasps objects. Moves toys from one hand to the other.
*Discovers and plays with his toes.
*Rolls over.
*Begins to explore by placing objects in mouth and banging.
*Can pull self to a sitting position if you grasp his/ her hands.
*May sit in a high chair with a little support.

Cognitive Skills
*Opens his/her mouth when she sees the spoon at feeding time.
*Responds when spoken to.
*Listens intently and smiles often.
*Begins to imitate familiar actions that you perform.

Social Skills and Language
*Babbles, begins to make singsong sounds.
*Recognizes familiar faces.
*Shows his/ her delight by laughing and squealing.
*Yells or screams if he/she becomes annoyed.
*Smiles at self in the mirror.