Here at Happy Learners every day is unique! Activities vary depending on time of the year, weather, age, and temperament of the children. Age appropriate activities are scheduled with the flexibility allowed to respond to the needs of each individual child and their various ages.
Older Toddler/Preschooler (24 months and older)
For our older children, daily activities typically include:
- welcoming children, free-play and/or structured-play
- breakfast, clean-up/wash-up
- circle time (welcome each child for the day, sing songs, calendar, etc)
- arts and crafts, story-time, various learning games, music, song and dance, tumbling exercises
- outside play-time (weather permitting), inside free-play
- lunch, clean-up/wash-up, brush teeth
- nap time and/or quiet-time
- afternoon snack, clean-up/wash-up
- outside play (weather-permitting)
- inside play, such as coloring, play-dough, toys, story-time, etc.
Infant/Young Toddler (younger than 24 months)
Throughout each day we practice reaching, grasping, rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, climbing, throwing, catching, kicking, cooing and talking; whichever developmental stage your child happens to be in at the time. Most children this age take 2 naps, and we watch their cues to determine when each child is ready for a nap. We involve the infants and young toddlers in many of the older children’s activities, and this interaction between age groups benefits everyone!
Infant (6 to 9 months)
Your infant’s day includes plenty of cuddles, love, and affection. We follow a baby-led schedule, and adhere to the explicit directions of parents. We use the carriage to take walks around the neighborhood (weather-permitting), as many babies love being outdoors.
Children’s Daily Notes
Every child at Happy Learners has a daily note in which we log events throughout the day. For babies 24 months and younger, we list when your child was given a bottle (when applicable), what they ate and drank, diaper changes, their nap schedule, and any other pertinent information, including general mood/attitude. These daily notes are used as a tool for communication between teachers and parents. We ask parents to note any information about their child’s night and time at home which would be pertinent to our caregivers.