Goldfish Classroom Environment
Our older infant room creates an environment which allows for this age group to explore and develop their large muscles during this time of growth. There are infant-sized climbers for developing skills such as climbing, crawling, sliding, balancing and going up/down steps. There are also toys for pushing and pulling. The room is arranged to be a play-based learning environment which includes centers focused around dramatic play, music, puzzles, books, blocks, manipulative toys, art area and large muscle areas.
The Goldfish classroom is designed with floor-level windows, creating an opportunity for the older babies to spend time looking at the beauty and activity happening in our backyard park. Our classroom also has a door directly to the park so that the teachers and children can spend time playing in the grass or using push toys on the patio. They will also go for buggy rides on the meandering paths around our community.
At Riley Crossing, we serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. In the older infant room, the children begin to have scheduled mealtimes. After washing their hands, they sit down in chairs that are just their size at small tables to enjoy a meal prepared on-site by our Child Care Culinary Chef. Mealtime is a time for role modeling how to use utensils and dishes. It is also a time for socializing between the children and teachers.
Goldfish Nap Time
Older infants are now ready to take only one nap a day. They have also transitioned from sleeping in a crib to sleeping on a cot while listening to soft, relaxing music. Children nap for one to two hours, depending on their needs.
Intergenerational Learning – Goldfish
Once a week, we will visit our “Grandfriends” to develop our new friendships through storytelling times, music, and art activities. We will also visit with our “Grandfriends” when we go on walks or buggy rides to the Senior Living side of our building along with the backyard park.