Enhancing the Development of the Whole Child

 

infant program- ages 1-14 months

 Bridge to Learning, Peabody

At Bridge to Learning, our infants work on developing their skills through a variety of activities. Some activities that develop
large and small motor skills are tummy time, rolling over, reaching, grasping, pulling, and sitting up. Social and emotional development begins to unfold at birth and continues in small measures. It is with loving relationships that infants gain a sense of safety, comfort, confidence, and encouragement. When beginning to crawl, an infant naturally becomes more curious about the environment and begins to interact with the surroundings.  Interactions with the environment promote an understanding of how they are distinct from the world around them and how they can influence it. Environments that are rich in sensory experiences can help an infant become more observant and curious. Sensory experiences at a young age can help an infant learn simple science concepts. Simple science concepts can begin for children when they discover that they can learn about the world through their own actions. Everyday the infants at Bridge to Learning Too will be exploring various sensory experiences such as water, sand, macaroni, rice, and oatmeal.

 

toddler Program

In our toddler classrooms, children begin to show an increase in independence. Our teachers encourage self-help skills and promote independence by offering them choices. Every day at circle time the teachers work on fostering language and literacy through finger plays, reading stories, singing songs, and flashcards. These activities teach a toddler to count, recognize letters, numbers, and shapes. Toddlers learn to express their feelings, assert their independence, and learn the give and take of play through everyday interactions with their peers. Have you ever wondered why play is so important for a young child? From day one, children are eager and determined to understand how the world works. They do this through play, using all the “tools” they have at their disposal. Play is crucial for your child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. It’s your child’s way of learning about their body and the world around them. Exploration is the heart of play, and in your child’s mind any experiment counts. Play is the work of children.

Bridge Too Pre-K

Preschool - Pre-k

Bridge to Learning Too strives to create a well rounded curriculum and an enriching environment to provide a foundation for optimal child development. Children learn best when they are actively engaged in meaningful activities and immersed in different learning experiences. Our lessons and daily activities seek to develop skills in the areas of language arts, science, math, fine and gross motor movement, social skills, and cognitive development. Each child’s daily routine includes teacher-directed activities, self-directed activities, independent learning through play and discovery, creativity through art, sensory experience, music, stories, and outdoor play. Our goal is for each child to acquire knowledge through every activity. We work daily to gain knowledge of the alphabet as well as learn to recognize and form letters and words. Fine motor skills will be developed through coloring, painting, lacing, and cutting. Gross motor skills will be gained through catching, dancing, climbing, and balancing. Children will learn to count, match, and classify objects. They ask questions and show an increasing curiosity, learn to observe changes and predict outcomes.