At Little Spanish Garden Child Care, we use music, dance, games, art, and drama, along with a variety of exciting activities so children are engaged in meaningful situations where language and communication skills can be developed.

Infant / Young Toddler (under 18 months)

Throughout each day, we practice gross motor and early childhood development skills such as rolling, crawling, hand-eye coordination and much more. The skills practiced are based upon each child’s developmental stage and are customized to their abilities. For example, for a younger child still taking three naps a day, the third nap may be incorporated into their late afternoon schedule while older children continue to play.

Infants love affection, eating, and sleeping. We will provide you with a daily report informing when your child was given a bottle, what they ate and drank, when their diapers were changed, when they napped, and any other pertinent information. Infant programs will follow the same time schedule as older toddlers; however, activities may vary and will always be age-appropriate.

Infant / Toddler / Preschooler

The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Two’s Volume 1, 2 and 3 through Kindergarten by Teaching Strategies

Why Engaging in play is so important?

Our strategies for early childhood development and education aren’t the same as the “traditional” education system—we don’t spend our time focusing on memorizing facts to perform well on tests. Rather, we strive to provide a well-rounded educational foundation on which your child can grow and thrive. That begins with engaging play.

As trivial as it may sound, engaging in play is critical in helping young learners dramatically enhance their ability to retain and process the information they receive. This leads to stronger language and early childhood developmental skills over time. By creating a fun, active learning environment, play time is not a break from learning—it is the foundation upon which the learning experience is built.

“Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.”  — Kailash Satyarthi

Sample Schedule:

7:30-8:30am – Drop-offs, welcome children, purposeful play/structured-play, story time and more.
8:30-9:00am – Breakfast, clean up/wash up.
9:00-9:30 am – Circle time (Preschool Curriculum).
9:30-10:00am – Arts and crafts, story-time and learning activities.
10:00-10:30am – Music, song, dance, and tumbling videos.
10:30-12:00pm – Outside play-time.
12:00-12:30pm – Purposeful play/structured-play and interactive videos.
12:30-1:00pm – Lunch time, clean-up/wash-up, brush teeth and time on mats.
1:00-3:00pm – Rest-time and/or quiet time.
3:00-4:00pm – Purposeful play and/or structured-play (puzzles, books etc.).
4:00-4:30pm – Afternoon snack, clean-up/wash-up.
4:30-5:00pm – Pick-ups, outside play (weather permitted) or inside activities.

BUFFALO'S PREMIER DUAL - LANGUAGE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

Prepare Your Child for Greatness

Bienvenidos a Chile
(Infant Room)

Social and Emotional Development

  • Recognizing and reaching out to familiar adults.
  • Expressing needs with body movement and expressions
  • Watching and responding with other children.
  • Showing interest in being with others.
  • Mirroring both expression and feelings from others.
  • Begin to participate when adult attends to personal needs.
  • Celebrating differences among children and their families.

Cognitive Development

  • Watching the actions of others.
  • Exploring objects and noticing how they react.
  • Attending to sights and sounds.
  • Exploring objects using five senses.
  • Demonstrating awareness of a problem.

Physical Development

  • Learning to hold head up and follow sounds and movement.
  • Learning to roll over, sit, crawl, pull up and walk.
  • Grasping toys with whole hand and eventually using fingers.

Language Development

  • Showing interest in the speech of others.
  • Noticing Pictures.
  • Engaging in back and forth cooing.
  • Manipulating books when read to out loud.
  • Using facial expression along with movement and distinct cries or vocalizations to
    communicate.

Vacation in Peru
(Young Toddler Room)

Social and Emotional Development

  • Celebrating Diversity, differences among children and families.
  • Beginning to participate in group activities.
  • Having brief and or continuing play with other children.
  • Responding to emotions of others.
  • Begin to respond to verbal redirection.
  • Begin to apply strategies to manage own feelings.
  • Trying complex tasks with some success.

Cognitive Development

  • Using objects in pretend play as they are used in real mlife.
  • Exploring ways to make things happen
  • Experimenting with trial and error approaches to simple problems.
  • Using familiar objects in conventional ways.
  • Focusing on activities of choice.

Physical Development

  • Increasing Balance and corrdination
  • Walking up and down stairs with assistance
  • Holding toddler crayons and learning to create marks on paper.
  • Learning to use and master kitchen utensils during meals and or activities.

Language Development

  • Speaking in two-word phrases.
  • Initiate conversations with few words
  • Engage and appreciation with books while read out loud.
  • Recognizing that pictures tell a story.
  • Familiarizing and understanding simple multi word speech in English and Spanish.

Stay in Cuba
(Toddler 2 Room)

Social and Emotional Development

  • Actively participating in group experiences.
  • Responding to other’s feelings and caring behavior.
  • Using words and expressing needs and feelings.
  • With increasing regularity understanding what behavior is expected.
  • Functioning with increasing comfort in a variety of learning environments.
  • Celebrating the differences among children and their families.

Cognitive Development

  • Using real and imaginary objects in pretend play.
  • Beginning to investigate the case when something unexpected happens.
  • Grouping objects with similar characteristics.
  • Carrying out very own plan for solving simple problems.
  • Continuing very own activities until own goal is reached.
  • Performing multi step tasks.

Physical Development

  • Grasping scissors and learning to cut paper.
  • Balancing while using arms and legs.
  • Attempting a variety of large muscle activities.
  • Using hand and eye coordination while doing increasingly complex tasks.

Language Development

  • Pretending to read a book
  • Participating in conversations for two or more turns.
  • Using simple sentences and questions with three words or more.
  • Beginning to understand scribbling and print is useful when communicating
  • Understanding complex and abstract words.

Final Destination Mexico
(Preschool Room)

Personal and Social Skills

  • Being able to partake in unfamiliar activities.
  • Participating in whole group activities.
  • Developing and Sharing Solutions.
  • Playing cooperatively with friends.
  • Identifying and expressing feelings, using words.
  • Offering help to peers.
  • Developing solutions to resolve conflicts.
  • Sustaining attention to a variety of self- selected tasks.
  • Inviting and Celebrating the Diversity among other children and families.

Cognitive Skills

  • Understanding and participating in conversations.
  • Experimenting and Observing and describing how effects vary.
  • Creating and describing simple patterns.
  • Understanding that the printed words in the books convey a story.
  • Trying several strategies to solve a problem.
  • Using at least two to three sentences to relate to a story or experience.
  • Understanding and participating in conversations.
  • Sequencing and making verbal comparisons on visible attributes.
  • Sorting on a basis of one attribute.

Physical Skills

  • Managing most aspects of dressing, eating and toileting.
  • Coordinating movements (running, jumping and balance)
  • Hand and eye coordination to manipulate with precision.

Expressing Creativity/Diversity

  • Engaging in cooperative role playing with friends.
  • Creating constructions that represent own ideas.
  • Creating art that represent own ideas.
  • Singing Simple songs along with attentive changes in music and language.

BUFFALO'S PREMIER DUAL - LANGUAGE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

Prepare Your Child for Greatness