Planets, Carnival of the Animals, Yoga, and The Dirty Stuff
Over the next four weeks, our Nest Play Curriculum will welcome children to engage in new and exciting experiences! Through various sensory explorative experiences, our Hummingbirds will explore activities inviting them to engage with different textures with “Light as a Feather” and “Nature Walk” while teachers use descriptive language of how soft, bumpy, rough, or smooth various items are. Through various teacher-led intentional conversations, our infants will engage and interact with conversations and words around familiar faces and people they know and love. They will also practice listening to the sounds that make up the world’s words, further forming connections. Infants will listen to classic nursery rhymes and songs like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” that provide the rhythm, repetition, and melodies that allow our young children to use their memory and begin to recognize patterns, even from these early ages! Creatively, infants will explore painting and music experiences that energize our youngest children while they continue to work on their physical development skills through “Tummy Time Painting” and “Ribbon Dances.” Additionally, our Hummingbirds will explore and engage with baby dolls, where teachers will model empathy and how to care for our friends. To accompany our monthly enhancement theme, teachers will read stories, engage in songs, and enhance the various learning environments around the Hummingbirds classroom to accompany meaningful experiences related to “Planets.”
For this unit in Global Gull, our Hummingbirds will learn the A.S.L. words for ‘mom,’ ‘dad,’ and ‘home.’ Teachers will use these core signs in day-to-day interactions and conversations with our infants to further bring awareness to this new form of communication. Teachers will offer hand-over-hand guidance to our older Hummingbirds that are beginning to mimic the signs themselves!
In our Paints and Pianos program, our Hummingbirds will explore the classical music of The Carnival of Animals by composer Saint-Saens! They will be able to observe and engage in teacher-led conversations about the different sounds, instruments, and tempos used throughout the music. The children will explore and connect pictures of animals as they listen to the other elements the composition offers. Education Coordinators will pass around a new instrument, egg shakers, for the children to touch, observe, and explore alongside the music and gently bounce children amongst their laps to the tempo. Infants will read stories inspired by Carnival of Animals, such as “The Carnival of Animals” by Fiona Watt, to further draw connections.
In Fit Buddies, our Hummingbirds will experience different yoga and meditation poses to help develop a sense of self, strengthen their core, and make them feel connected with their environment and teachers. Education Coordinators will create a calming atmosphere with meditation music as they interact individually with each child, assist them in a developmentally appropriate yoga pose, and focus on connecting with one another and ourselves.
In The Art of Living, our Hummingbirds will explore the topic of “The Dirty Stuff,” where they will engage in various activities that will help promote important skills such as throwing our trash away, exploring brooms and vacuums to clean up our floors, and how to make our beds. Through small group experiences and explorative play, we will work with our teachers to practice throwing our trash away when we are finished with a snack or after diapering times. We will model how to clean up our toys when we are finished using them, wiping up an accident or a spill on the table or floor, as well as engage in meaningful conversations with our teachers during everyday cleaning routines to understand better why it is important to pick up after ourselves.