Infant/Mixed/Toddler Curriculum May 2011
Themes: Flowers & Insects
Colors: purple & pink
Picture Day is May 9th & 10th from 9-12
Mother’s Day is May 8th
Professional Development Day- Saturday May 21st
Memorial Day is May 30th –Center Closed
Please teach new songs, finger plays and dialogues about the themes, which are provided in your
curriculum packet. Introduce the shape of a diamond and the colors pink and purple. Incorporate
plenty of pictures and books about flowers and insects. Continue to promote children’s self help
skills and incorporate sensory activities each day.
At group time create dialogues with children introducing concepts of flowers and insects.
Planting a Rainbow, Miss Spider’s Tea Party and The Very Hungry Catepillar are great books to
introduce infants and toddlers to the themes. Find pictures of flowers and insects (please find
some suggested insect patterns in your curriculum packet), things that are pink and purple (more
specifically flowers) and ask open ended questions to create curiosity and exploration. Language
relating to themes may include:
Flowers – garden, colors, smell, sweet, grow, seed, sun
Bees-honey, buzz, fly, beehive, yellow, black, wings
Spiders-eensy weensy, small, big, huge, hairy, black, crawl, spin, web
A variety of songs, finger plays and rhymes are also included in your curriculum packet. .
Infants and Toddlers develop math skills when filling and emptying at sensory tables (exploring
measurement/quantity), following simple directions (take 1 or take 2), matching items by size and
shape, more specifically stacking blocks and puzzles (geometry) and when asked to clean up
materials such as all the big blocks or small blocks teaches children about patterns. Math concept
words may include “a lot”/ “few”. Use materials relating to themes such as plastic bugs in
sensory tables, theme puzzles, match items by color (pink an purple) and/or size.
Outdoor walks are a wonderful opportunity to observe nature and have discussions about
blooming flowers, insects, chirping birds, the sun shining warmly on your skin, etc. Teachers can
provide a planting activity for toddlers, planting seeds into the soil and watching each day to
discover a blooming flower. Other science related activities may include activities in the sensory
tables, magnet wands, and observing nature with plastic magnify glasses.
Teachers can create spider webs using yarn (see curriculum packet-Spider Webs), glue and poster
board. Read the story The Very Busy Spider and allow the children to explore what the spider
web feels like. Engage in finger plays like Itsy Bitsy Spider, encouraging children to participate
in hand movements. Infant rooms encourage the use of shape sorters and single slot puzzles.
Toddler rooms promote the use of duplo blocks, stringing large beads and leggo tables practicing
pushing leggo’s together and pulling them apart. Continue to introduce scissors to toddlers,
practicing the proper grip and snipping pieces of paper.
As weather continues to improve, incorporate playground time each day. Please remember
playground time is an extension of the classroom and activities relating to curriculum should be
taking place. Music and dancing is another fun way to incorporate large muscle movement.
Please see suggested gross motor activities for theme related activities. Theme related movement
songs are also provided in your packet.
Continue practicing verbal directions and encouraging independence by allowing children time to
figure out direction and tasks through problem solving. Continue positive conversation and
encouragement in child’s play. Mixed and Toddler rooms continue self-help routines. All rooms
can continue to practice daily self-help skills such as picking up the toys, washing hands, pouring
milk into a cup, putting cups in the sink, paper towels in the trash, pushing chairs in, giving turns,
pulling down pants to use the bathroom, etc. Continue to create new opportunities for children to
be successful though out each day!