Infant (ages 3 months- 15 months )
Lisa Langelier, Infant Lead Educator
I am a 2003 graduate of Lasell College. I have two bachelors’ degrees in Business and Child Care Administration. I came to Lasell College in the fall of 1998 as a freshman business student. At the end of my junior year I knew that I didn’t want to go into business, but wanted to work with children. I doubled my major to add Child Care Administration. In the fall of 2003, I started working as a full time substitute in the Older Preschool classroom and after graduation was hired at the Barn as an Older Preschool teacher. In the fall of 2006, I chose to move to the Infant room, where I currently work. I became the lead teacher of the Infant classroom in the summer of 2007. I look forward to getting to know each of you over the coming school year.
Jenna Shuldman, Infant Educator
I began working at the Barn in 2002 as a student substitute in all five classrooms. Although I love working with children of all ages, my true passion is to work with infants. During my senior year, I completed two internships in the infant room. Upon graduation, I gladly accepted a teaching position in the infant room. I enjoy watching them reach developmental milestones and gain independence as they become toddlers.
Kylie Noe, Infant Educator
I graduated from The University of Missouri in 2010 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Development and Education. I recently relocated to the Boston area after accepting a position as an infant room teacher here at The Barn. I have always enjoyed working with children, especially infants. I look forward to getting to know everyone throughout the year.
Class size 7 children
This is an example of what happens during the day in The Barn Infant Room. Please keep in mind that this schedule is very flexible due to the changes that infants are going through during their first year of life.
8:00 Center Opens
Parents and infants are welcomed into the classroom. At this time, information and messages are exchanged between the parents and staff. Once the child is settled, parents say good-bye and the infant starts their
After saying good-bye to parents, and playing for a while snack begins.
Snack is served in accordance with the needs of each child. Snack is not
served after this time.
9:45-10:15 Morning Clean-up
As snack is cleaned up the infant's diapers are changed and they are
prepared for the next part of the day, playtime or naptime. The infants
diapers are changed every two hours, or if soiled.
10:00-11:30 Active Play
Once snack is over and diapers are changed, the infants who need naps are
helped to sleep. The infants who are awake participate in a relatively open
plan of activities that are developmentally appropriate for each child. This
time is also used for walks. All infants are included, napping infants are put
- Large motor activities include large muscle experiences such as: lifting head and chest off the floor, rolling over, sitting, creeping, crawling, standing, walking, rolling balls pushing toys and much more.
- Fine motor activities include small muscle experiences that involve: gripping objects, batting at objects, using thumb and forefinger (pincer grip), clapping, and manipulating toys.
- Cognitive activities include looking at faces, using their senses to explore: recognizing Familiar objects, developing eye-hand coordination, building attention span, object permanence, simple problem solving, and using trial and error methods of learning and imitating their peers and adults.
- Language activities: Language is used throughout the whole day. and is inclusive in everything we do. Some examples of this are learning how to produce: different sounds, tones and intonations with their voices, listening to and eventually understanding conversation, using simple words, reading books and listening to music.
- Social/Emotional activities allow our infant's to experience feelings and self- awareness of themselves and others. We bring this to the infants by showing a wide variety of feelings using different voice tones to express each one. Social development is constantly being encouraged as they watch and play with the children and adults around them.
- Self-help skills are encouraged to begin promoting independence. It starts with the young infant who is learning to hold her bottle. Then continues, as she begins to eat solid foods, then finger foods, and then drink from a cup and eat with a spoon. *At the end of active play, the children are cleaned up and changed once again. This is our
transition to lunchtime.
The infants are fed according to their needs and schedule. Some infants may be bottle fed, while others eating solid foods. The infants who are eating solid foods usually eat at noon. Infants provide their own lunch. Once the infants have finished, clean up begins and the infants begin to relax for nap or get ready for more playtime.
Before nap, diapers are changed and many infants have bottles. The older infants who were very active in the morning are very ready to rest their weary bodies. Once they have gone to sleep, they younger babies get some welcomed one-on-one time. These younger babies do eventually fall asleep, and all is quiet for a white.
3:30-4:00 Afternoon Snack
When the children have woken up, they are offered a light snack. This consists of foods provided by the Barn. Some baby’s will have bottles.
4:00-6:00 Afternoon Play
In the afternoon, there is a continuation of morning play. Each child will also be casually prepared for pick up. This includes the last diaper change of the day.
Staff replenishes supplies, does some cleaning and prepares the Infant Room for the morning. At this time. parents are also greeted and told about their child's day.