1. This is a shoe-less environment. Feel free to bring socks. Take yours and your child’s shoes off and keep it by the door on the shelf.
2. Put away your cell phones and turn them to silent or vibrate. If you need to take an urgent call, let your child know and then step out of the classroom.
3. Walk in together with your baby. (Putting the baby through the door can be stressful for him or her).
4. Find a comfortable spot anywhere in the room. We try to sit in a way such that we do not block the toys or equipment from children.
5. Take your time to relax. Sit and take as much time as you need for you and your baby/toddler to adjust to the environment. For some families it can be minutes, sometimes it can be days.
If you have an infant, when he is ready, place baby down on the mat, slowly – supporting his neck on the covered mat area on his back.
6. Slow down and observe what your baby and other children do.
7. The structure of the class is flexible.
- The first 15 min consist of warm up. Ask questions or bring up any topics of interest related to children and parenting
- Quiet observation
- Discussion about what we observed, what was interesting, challenging, etc.
- Older classes have snack time
- Free play
- Clean up and singing goodbye