Language Development

Building an early love of literacy is a critical focus of EEA’s mission. In addition to engaging in read-alouds, our explorers will participate as the stories are brought to life using interactive story boards, puppets, visual arts, and the performing arts.
Our infant explorers will have the opportunity to listen as stories are read throughout the day. In addition to listening to stories being read, our teachers will also provide numerous opportunities for verbal interaction with your infant.
Verbal interactions can include:

Narrating behaviors:

“you are rolling on to your tummy now!”

Identifying/Labeling objects:

“that is a red ball!”

Teacher self-talk:

“I am now pouring milk into your bottle”

Expanding sentences:

when a child says “go bye-bye”, the teacher can reply by saying “yes, it is now time for you to get your things and go bye-bye”

Note that these do not require any action on the infant’s part, but rather provide opportunities for stimulation and language acquisition for the infant.

Infants thrive on using their senses to explore. Our program and classroom environment invites our infant explorers to use their senses to understand the world.

Sensory Play:
Art and music will be incorporated throughout each day for our infants to be able touch, see, smell, and listen. Infants will have the chance to touch items with different textures as they read stories, finger paint, play with blocks, etc. Songs and nursery rhymes will be used to help our infants hear different sounds and learn new words.
In addition, our infants will have the chance to explore cause and effect relationships as they play with their squeak toys, push-pull toys, peek-a-boo, water pouring, etc. During these types of cause and effect activities, our teachers will ask the infant to see “what happens when..?” to help the infant see the effect.

Gross Motor Activities

  • Tummy-time
  • Crawling/climbing on our soft climbers
  • Rolling a ball
  • Opportunities to stand, walk

Fine Motor Activities

  • Push and pull objects
  • Place objects in containers
  • Open/close boxes and containers
  • Play with textured objects and fabrics
  • Stack Objects
  • Puzzles
  • Pointing at pictures/photographs
  • Painting

Infant Sample Day Schedule

The following schedule is a sample of activities our infant explorers can expect to help them establish routines. The schedule will be adjusted to meet the individual needs of each child. Infants nap and feed on an on-demand basis and diapers are changed at least every 2-3 hours or as needed.
Please Note:
AM Half Day Students: Schedule from 8:30-11:30 AM
PM Half Day Students: Schedule from 1:30-4:30 PM
ACTIVITY TIME
Arrival 8:15 - 8:30
Story Time 8:30-8:45
Tummy-Time 8:45-9:15
Art 9:00-9:30
Music 9:30-10:00
Meal time 10:00-10:15
Diaper Changing 10:15-10:30
Independent Choice 10:30-11:00
Table Toys 11:00-11:15
Puzzles 11:15-11:45
Outdoor Recess (weather permitting) 11:45-12:15
Meal Time 12:15-12:45
Diaper Changing 12:45-1:00
Art 12:45-1:15
Music 1:15-1:30
Outdoor Recess (weather permitting) 1:30-2:00
Tummy-Time 2:00-2:30
Story Time 2:30-2:45
Independent Choice 2:45-3:30
Meal Time 3:30-4:00
Diaper Changing 4:00-4:15
Dismissal 4:15-4:30

Schedule of Operations

The school day operates from
8:30AM to 4:30PM each day, Monday-Friday.

Half-Day Programs Available
AM Half Day: 8:30-11:30 AM
PM Half Day: 1:30-4:30 PM

Morning and afternoon care is available beginning at 6:30 AM and ending at 6:30 PM.
The 2016-2017 school year will operate beginning in early 2016 to December 31st, 2016 and will be closed on the following holidays:
Memorial Day:
May 30th, 2016
Independence Day:
July 4th, 2016
Labor Day:
September 5th, 2016
Thanksgiving:
November 25 - 26, 2016
Winter Break:
December 23 - 26, 2016