Our infant teachers use and teach basic infant sign language. These symbolic gestures are a form of communication that children adopt before they develop the ability to produce spoken language. This includes pointing to what they want or using a hand motion in conjunction with a word which allows greater communication for infants. Earlier communication can provide psychological benefits, such as enhanced confidence and self-esteem. Babies and young children feel better about themselves when they are able to effectively communicate with the people around them. Parents and Teachers are also more confident when they are able to meet their child's needs and wants. Most babies are not able to sign until they are about 8 months old, but we can start teaching them and exposing them to this form of communication earlier on.
Our 2-year-olds enjoy daily circle time, with age appropriate sing-along songs, and a large selection of pedagogical books. Our weekly themes offer different learning targets and crafty projects. Another aspect we highly support in this age group is dramatic play and overall development of social skills.
More Learning at Little Beans Playhouse
At Little Beans Playhouse, we teach through yoga, emphasizing the mindfulness curriculum and exercises, including daily physical exercise time.
We offer monthly visits from our amazing Laramie County Library, Career Days with our great Cheyenne First Responder Team, and weekly fun with our individual themes like "Our 5 Senses", "Family Week", "Weather", and "Animal World". We take pride in offering the children at Little Beans Playhouse daily scheduled Outdoor Playtime, allowing them to explore nature and get that extra energy out.
The teachers of our 1-year-olds use aspects of the Creative Curriculum as well as Zoo Phonics in their classroom. It is never too early to learn the alphabet song, the Zoo Phonic song and to start sparking an interest in early literacy. Drawing from the core idea that toddler care should be based on building relationships, the Creative Curriculum targets many different learning aspects. Every child is different, and therefore it is important for teachers to recognize that every child learns differently, too. This curriculum supports us as we create responsive daily routines and meaningful learning experiences for the youngest learners. We combine factors of daily instructional tools, research based objectives, focus on routines and experiences, and find ways to fully support speech development.
Our preschool teachers apply the Mother Goose Time curriculum.
This curriculum includes award-winning materials organized by day and ready to go. It is a research-based Early Learning Curriculum and offers wonderful learning opportunities for the whole child, including the areas of social-emotional development, creative development, science, diversity, mathematics, language arts, as well as physical development.
Mother Goose Time embraces each child's uniqueness and allows our teachers to get your children ready for Kindergarten.
Here is an example of our daily schedule:
8:00 family-style breakfast,
preschoolers are invited to help with table-clean-up
8:20 structured circle time, including opening song, educational literacy like “Think Like Tucker Turtle”, letter & number recognition, daily planner -
one student will be invited to be Helper Of The Day
🙂 Next the children will rotate between free-play at stations around the classroom, and structured curriculum – depending on the project & learning target, the teacher will work 1:1 or in small groups with the children
10:45 music time with dancing and gymnastics
11:00 classroom clean up, preschoolers get their nap mats ready, and get cleaned up for lunch
11:15 family-style lunch, preschoolers are invited to help with table-clean-up
🙂 Next the children follow a bathroom routine, and settle down for nap time
12:00 nap time – The students lay down for about 30 minutes and rest, if they do not nap, they will be offered different activities from our quiet bag
2:00 time to clean away our nap mats
🙂 time to rotate between different play centers, and to finish our projects / reach our learning targets
2:50 clean up before snack
3:00 family-style snack time, preschoolers are invited to help with table-clean-up
3:15 outdoor playtime for the preschoolers
4:15 the children get settled in with the closing-shift teacher