Crosby Christian Academy

Our Infants

   The youngest learners at CCA are well on their way to a lifetime of learning with our Infant Program. Infants as young as six weeks old, are immersed with stimulating, hands on play. CCA is a place for love, growth, and discovery. Each activity is designed to assist your child in achieving developmental milestones, while having fun at the same time.

CCA knows the importance of nurturing when it comes to babies. Providing plenty of hugs, love, and personal attention is something we include throughout our Infant Program. Your baby will enjoy singing, giggling, playing, cuddling and of course rocking time in our safe, secure facility.

Our Infant program is limited to a total of 22 babies with 4 caregivers at all times. The Infants are separated into 4 age groups each with their own classroom. We have very happy babies.

Each classroom is equipped with the Oreck air filtration system to help keep your baby healthy.

By 1 year, most babies will
Look for and be able to find where a sound is coming from.
Respond to their name most of the time when you call it.
Wave goodbye.
Look where you point when you say, “Look at the _________.”
Babble with intonation (voice rises and falls as if they are speaking in sentences).
Take turns “talking” with you—listen to you when you speak and then resume babbling when you stop.
Say “da-da” to dad and “ma-ma” to mom.
Say at least 1 word.
Point to items they want that are out of reach or make sounds while pointing.

Between 1 and 2 years, most toddlers will
Follow simple commands, first when the adult speaks and gestures, and then later with words alone.
Get objects from another room when asked.
Point to a few body parts when asked.
Point to interesting objects or events to get you to look at them too.
Bring things to you to show you.
Point to objects so you will name them.
Name a few common objects and pictures when asked.
Enjoy pretending (for example, pretend cooking).
They will use gestures and words with you or with a favorite stuffed animal or doll.
Learn about 1 new word per week between 1½ and 2 years.

Your baby enters her second year and becomes a toddler, crawling vigorously, starting to walk, even talking a little. Exploring the boundaries established by your rules and her own physical and developmental limits will occupy much of her time for the next few years. Here are some other milestones to look for.

Movement milestones
Walks alone
Pulls toys behind her while walking
Carries large toy or several toys while walking
Begins to run
Stands on tiptoe
Kicks a ball
Climbs onto and down from furniture unassisted
Walks up and down stairs holding on to support

Milestones in hand and finger skills
Scribbles spontaneously
Turns over container to pour out contents
Builds tower of four blocks or more
Might use one hand more frequently than the other

Language milestones
Points to object or picture when it’s named for him
Recognizes names of familiar people, objects, and body parts
Says several single words (by fifteen to eighteen months)
Uses simple phrases (by eighteen to twenty-four months)
Uses two- to four-word sentences
Follows simple instructions
Repeats words overheard in conversation

Cognitive milestones
Finds objects even when hidden under two or three covers
Begins to sort by shapes and colors
Begins make-believe play

Social and emotional milestones
Imitates behavior of others, especially adults and older children
Increasingly aware of herself as separate from others
Increasingly enthusiastic about company of other children
Demonstrates increasing independence
Begins to show defiant behavior
Increasing episodes of separation anxiety toward midyear, then they fade

Your role as a parent

Foster his verbal skills by putting feelings into words, posing questions, talking about the books you read together, asking his opinion, and answering his questions about the world around him. Start teaching him letters and numbers. Be careful not to scold him for using words incorrectly – just correctly rephrase what he said.

When he points to something he wants, prompt him to ask for it instead. Practice identifying the parts of his body and naming familiar objects. Encourage pretend play with dolls and play food. Ask him to help sort toys by putting them in similar categories, such as red toys or soft toys. Let him practice feeding himself with a cup and utensils.

Make sure he gets plenty of time outside. Take him the park, playground, or zoo to walk, run, and freely explore. Continue to reinforce good behavior with praise and attention. Set simple and clear limits and follow through with consequences calmly and consistently. Give your toddler this or that options and allow him to make choices. Be patient and positive, and remember that he's only just beginning to learn how to control and express himself. As he gains new skills, take a fresh look around your home and adjust your childproofing strategy so he can explore freely and safely.