HELPING HANDS

Providing Family Child Care Services - Ventura, CA

Infant Curriculum 3 - 17 Months

Baby’s first years are an exciting time with lots of exploration and discovery. Research shows that engaging infants in interactive experiences that involve sensory, motor, and social explorations build brain connections.  


Young babies learn through actively exploring what they can do with their bodies, through relationships with people close to them, and through their surroundings.  My focus with young babies is to build a relationship through positive responsiveness and to support their active engagement.

Starting at the age of three months I use the professionally created curriculum Bright Baby by HighReach Learning to help build these brain connections.


With this easy-to-use Bright Baby curriculum I actively engage and stimulate infants through social interactions: talking, playing, moving, singing, reading, and signing (simple ASL).


Activities are integrated across all domains of infant development—physical, emotional, social, and cognitive—and develop a wide variety of skills, including:

  • Language acquisition
  • Sense of self
  • Sensory awareness

  • Motor skills
  • Visual tracking
  • Self-help skills and much more!

Materials

As a part of the curriculum I use:

  • Activities to help infants explore new experiences, concepts, and skills.
  • Books to introduce and build vocabulary and language skills. 
  • Puppets & Stuffed Animals to engage infants.
  • Music to introduce infants to world music.
  • Simple American Sign Language to help infants communicate 
  • Multi-sensory Toys to simultaneously use multiple pathways in the brain.

Activities for infants are further separated by age: (3–6 months, 6–9 months, 9–12 months and 12-17 months) which all incorporate American Sign Language and baby yoga.