Infants & Toddlers
Infants and Toddlers
Early Childhood is an incredibly amazing time. Infants and toddlers grow at an amazing rate and we at Hope Lutheran are so excited to be a part of each child of Hope’s early development! We understand the incredible amount of brain development that happens during this time and love to be part of it! We provide our infants and toddlers with respectful, responsive, and personal care. Hope Lutheran teachers nurture and support the children’s development while providing the security and predictability infants and toddlers need to grow and learn.
The infant and toddler curriculum provides a balance between child-initiated and adult-initiated activities, which allows infants and toddlers the freedom to make learning choices and explore their world. Teachers will develop each individual child’s activities based on teacher observations, knowledge of each child, and knowledge of the child’s age group and
Hope Lutheran uses the HighScope Curriculum to help each child learn through hands-on experiences, exploring, and discovering. HighScope is supported by research and is based upon active learning. Teachers plan in all areas of development with the Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs). These KDIs are listed in categories, helping each child grow academically, intellectually, socially, and physically. The HighScope Curriculum is categorized into subject areas, making it developmentally appropriate for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school agers. HighScope also focuses on the child’s social needs, helping children interact with one another and solve problems through
Each classroom environment is organized into different interest areas which may include: Art, Dramatic Play, Blocks, Sensory, Music, Tools, Table Toys, Reading, and a Gathering Area. Classrooms are organized in this way so the children can feel a sense of structure and know exactly where everything is located. With the room set up in these specific areas, the areas become a part of the whole curriculum and the children can explore many concepts as they play.
Throughout the day we teach positive social interactions to help children learn to share, communicate, cooperate, and care about themselves and others. Through daily interactions with staff and other children the children will learn that their thoughts and opinions are valued. They will learn to make positive choices and develop self-sufficiency. Please visit the HighScope website for more information http://highscope.org/.