This week, we are highlighting Bitty Sprouts B, our older infant program. Our teachers in this classroom are Miss Cheryll and Miss Kiana, working with children between 6 months and one year old. Miss Cheryll has cared for children for most of her life, but has been working in formal childcare for four years. Her favorite thing about working with infants is watching them grow up and learn; it is such an exciting time in their little lives! In her free time, she likes to spend time with her two pups. Miss Kiana is the newest staff member at Little Sprouts. She loves working with infants because they are easy to talk to! She loves to hike in her free time. We are so excited to have her on our team!
One new addition to Bitty B has been a set of stacking bowls. There are ten multi-colored bowls, which all connect together. Our kiddos have been enjoying stacking and unstacking these bowls in order (or not in order!). The skills utilized with this new manipulative toy include gross motor, fine motor, logic, and mathematics!
An exciting sensory experience that our older infants had over the holidays was working with salt dough – a mixture of salt, flour, and water. They were able to feel this new texture, and pressed their handprints into the salt dough to create holiday ornaments for our parents. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to
use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.