Lesson Plans for a Strong Start: The First 30 Days for Infants

Catalog #: F1267
Price: $35.00
Lesson Plans for a Strong Start: The First 30 Days for Infants
Product Details

Author(s): C. M. Snyder
Soft cover, photos, 280 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57379-751-1

The relationship between a teacher or caregiver and an infant in a child care setting is precious and unique. Infants are dependent on their caregivers to meet their basic needs, engage them in warm interactions, and help them to feel safe in a new environment. This relationship is the foundation for infants' learning and success in the group setting.

Lesson Plans for a Strong Start: The First 30 Days for Infants guides caregivers as they help infants settle into a new routine and new environment during their first month in a group setting. The book provides caregivers with six weeks of ready-to-use lesson plans, each focused on the interests, needs, and development of the young children in their program. With strategies, activities, and information related to important topics in infant development, caregivers are ready to engage infants in active learning.

All the activities in Lesson Plans for a Strong Start are designed to be used in child care centers, as well as family child care programs or home day care centers.

Each daily plan includes
  • Detailed group-time activities with strategies for adult-child interactions
  • Scaffolding charts to support children's learning at different developmental levels
  • Ideas to support children's active engagement in transitions, bodily care routines, and choice time
  • Lists of developmentally important experiences for each activity based on HighScope's Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) and COR Advantage items
  • Follow-up ideas to support infants' adjustment and learning

The book's final two sections, "Moving Forward" (Chapter 9) and the Appendix provide teachers with guidance on strategies, plans, and materials similar to those described in the book, which they can use in their settings beyond the first 30 days.