Four Things You Must Know About Infant & Toddlers by Dr. Bisa Lewis
Dr. Bisa is Founder and Managing Partner of Ideal Early Learning, LLC and WINGS Curriculum, LLC. She is a published author of education and parenting articles, college textbooks, children’s books, early childhood curriculum, early learning handbooks and more.
#1 Assessing their Needs
The most appropriate way to fulfill the needs of infants and toddlers is to first assess their needs – physically, socially, emotionally, linguistically and intellectually.
#2 Daily Opportunities to Explore
Like preschoolers, infants and toddlers need daily opportunities to explore the environment, learn new skills, and interact with adults and peers.
#3 Infant/Toddlers need to be in an Environment that Stimulates their Brain
Babies are born with 100+ billion brain cells called neurons. The first five years of life are the prime years for children to learn HOW to learn. Infants and toddlers should be engaged in safe indoor and outdoor activities that stimulate the brain.
#4 The first five years are critical!
During the first five years of life, children are sponges! If provided suitable learning opportunities, children can do more than just fly, they can soar. WINGS Curriculum recommends six learning centers for infants and nine for toddlers.