This Micro Moment Training with Mother Goose Time takes you on a quick tour of the Experience Baby Curriculum designed for infants, birth-18 months. Watch the quick video or read below to find out how Experience Baby works!
Experience Baby supports relationship-based play and discovery. This responsive curriculum naturally develops the child’s social-emotional, physical, language and cognitive development.
The skills supported are summarized in the Skills Chart which comes in every unit. These units help you apply the theories presented in the Experience Baby Foundations book. This book describes in detail the research basis supporting the Experience Baby system and offers practical tips for setting up your environment and implementing routines that nurture relationships and growth.
Experience Baby is offered as a monthly subscription program or you can order a single unit at a time to use with your children.
Easy to use Planning and Play tools included in each Teacher Pack:
- How to Use Experience Baby Booklet- Read this booklet for an introduction to the system and how to use each component.
- Planning Calendar- helps you set up a flexible, yet intentional approach with children and offers a quick overview of all 36 Shared Experiences Cards.
- Photo Cards + Foam Cube- help build children’s vocabulary and language skills. Collect cubes with each unit until you have an 18 piece soft block set.
- Experience Baby CD- 12 exclusive tracks to support a range of key infant emotional, cognitive and physical developments. Songs are organized in three catergories: instrumental, storytelling and playful game songs.
- Stick Puppets + Nursery Rhyme Poster- bring storytelling to life and match with the featured rhyme on the CD
- 36 Shared Experience Cards + 6 blank- Each card offers a new idea for how to play with an infant to inspire communication, movement or exploration. You can use the ideas naturally throughout the day i.e. while a child plays on the floor, during diaper changes or while outside on a walk. Learning happens naturally all day. Let the child’s interests and engagement guide the process.
Special tools to strengthen communication and engagement with families included in each Child Pack:
- Traveling Journal- Serves as a link between the daycare and home strengthening your partnership with families by offering an organized and easy method to maintain daily communication. Includes a quick summary of experiences and a place for you to note special moments.
- Shared Experience Stickers- instead of printing activity summaries on the daily pages in the journal, we include stickers so that you can flexibly attach them based on how you followed the cues of the child.
- Engagement Observation and Reflection Forms- helps support your understanding of how the child engaged in the process by checking off children’s cues you observe. This information helps you plan experiences to repeat later in the week and provides individulized information for you to write in the child’s journal to share with the family.
Three ways to sort + use Shared Experience Cards:
- By Color :
Purple = Experiences that invite infants to Connect and Communicate
Green = Experiences that invite infants to Move and Grow
Orange = Experiences that invite infants to Play and Explore
Specific skills supported in the play experience are written on the top corner of the card and each category connects to the skills chart.
- Reflection Question Way:
While you play with the child, reflect on the provided question prompts and investigate the cues that the child offers about his interests, challenges, and strengths. These questions will help you deepen your understanding of who the child is and the beautiful complexity of his or her unique ingenuity.
- Levels of Interaction Way
Children develop at their own rate so each card offers three different levels of interaction– Young Infant, Older Infant, Young Toddler. Simplify or increase the challenge in the way you play to best match the child’s developmental level. The different levels connect to the skills chart and help show the developmental benchmarks that are applied through a more complex way of play. You can easily engage with one child at the first level and then turn your attention to another child and shift to playing in a level three way.
Ready to play?
With infants, we need to respond to their cues and engage them when they are ready. We do not want to force a structured curriculum so we use the “READY?” questions on every card as cues. After setting up the play the experience, use the READY card to see if the baby shows any signs that he is either ready to engage and play with you or perhaps he is not ready quite yet. Follow the child’s lead and learn to watch for engagement cues for authentic assessment.