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Rethinking Infant Curriculum

January 19, 2021

“Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded.” Jess Lair

No two infants develop at the same pace. The ability to sit, crawl, and eventually, to walk, are all driven by an innate timetable.

Because of this, an infant curriculum cannot be some watered down version of preschool with prescribed lesson plans, but must be fluid and responsive to the needs of each individual child.

Focusing on the daily “contexts” in which learning occurs in the classroom—the play space, care routines, and interactions—instead of on a lesson plan, allows the infant teacher the freedom to create the optimal environment for the children in her care. Mary Jane Maguire-Fong explains how to thoughtfully plan each of these three areas to facilitate development. Read here.