Free Programs

Free Programs

 

 

  • mommy  me-BMIA
    FREE Baby & Me for the community

    Our BABY & ME Classes are conveniently held at our school every Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am.

    Terms and Conditions:

    • Age: 3-12 months 
    • Each class is FREE of charge and has a capacity of 10 students
    • Child must be accompanied by an adult
    • Limited spots, registrations at school. Please R.S.V.P. Phone: (954) 653-1570, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Through our programs, your child will be able to learn independence and autonomy, increase their awareness and self-esteem, and allow for parents to meet other parents to connect with. Each activity is a unique experience for each child and we implore parents to get to know what each program has to offer in order to maximize the benefits available. By building a strong foundation for our children during these early, formative years, we are providing children with the tools they need in order to succeed both academically and developmentally.

    Mommy and Me

    We are currently offering three programs:

    1. Let’s Get Messy: Sensory Development
    2. Moving Right Along: Gross Motor Skills in Action
    3. Tea Time: Language and Social Development

     Each class will include all three programs and will last one hour in total

    1.-Let’s Get Messy: Sensory Development

    Classical Music (3-7 Mos.)

    • Infants at this age prefer the melodious sounds of classical music: strumming of a guitar or harp, the piano, and continuous beats. It is not until six to seven months that an infant begins to enjoy the rhythmic sounds of a more vibrant beat.
    • Warm-up with Patterns: In order to increase the visual perception of the developing visual cortex, we will be exploring with various type patterns. At this age the vision of the baby is beginning to strengthen and she’s starting to understand patterns of black and white and red. 12-18 inches is the average an infant at this age can see.
    • Textures: allow baby to rest on her tummy while placing various type textures around her to stimulate the movement of her head and placement of her arms in order to get to the various objects or toys around her.
    • Playing with Goop: after having your baby experiment with solid textures, we are going to allow the babies to play with other type textures; such as water and sand.

    Rhythmic Music (8-12Mos.)

    • Warm-Up with Singing and Clapping to the beat.
    • Touch and Texture: plays a key role in cognitive development- allows children their tactile sensory development while allowing them to build their curiosities. These activities help improve their motor skills by manipulating the materials used; such as: pouring, molding, lifting, sorting, etc.
    • Implore creativity by allowing the children to create works of art using the materials used during texture exploration. This could include usage of hands and feet to paint, sculpt, and manipulate in sync with the beat of the music.
    • Understanding the world through smell: the sense of smell is the most developed sense an infant has in order to connect with mom; therefore, babies relate primarily to sweet smells (the scent of mom and her milk). In order to strengthen this sense, we will be introducing them to various other scents for them to understand that there is a world outside of mommy/daddy and them. I.e., coffee, citrus, vinegar, etc.

     

    2.-Moving Right Along: Gross Motor Skills in Action

    (3-7 Mos.)

    • Baby Yoga: While your baby may not be able to get into an adult pose, parents are encouraged to help their little ones get into more age appropriate poses to help not only strengthen their gross motor skills, but also promote overall good health. It is good practice to not only help your child explore various yoga poses, but encourage yoga by modeling it for them.
    • Baby Arch: allow your baby to lay flat on her back and gently arch her back with one of your hands while holding her feet flat against the mat. Be sure that your baby’s shoulders are resting comfortably on the mat and in order to better engage your baby, you could sing to her. This pose promotes circulation in baby’s little body.
    • Mommy/Daddy and Baby Tummy Time: while mom is lying on her back, raise your knees to your chest, with feet and knees together, and allow your baby to rest on her belly, on the shins of your legs. This position allows for mommy/daddy to gaze at her baby while the baby gets the “tummy time” needed to develop neck muscles, with something more stimulating than the floor to maintain her focus and attention.
    • Knees to Chest: relieves gassy babies. Lay your baby on her back; bend her knees gently toward her stomach. Release her legs so that they are lying flat on the floor. Once baby is in position, rotate her knees in small circles to release any pressure that may be in baby’s belly. Once the pose has been repeated 3-5 times taking a few breaths in between poses, take turns alternating her legs down and then back to her chest—making a bicycling motion.
    • Mommy/Daddy-Baby Squats: stand with your feet at hip’s distance apart. Turn your feet out to a 45 degrees and hold your baby at your belly. Place one hand on baby’s bottom and the other supporting her neck and head. Allow baby’s feet to press into your belly like a frog. While holding baby securely, drop down into a squat while maintaining the baby’s position and exhale vigorously with a whhooo sound, then come back to standing position with a calming inhale. This pose will stimulate a newborn’s calming reflex and soothe them when they’re fussy.

    Each pose should be repeated 3-5 times and poses will change with the growth of the class.

    (8-12 Mos.)

    • Start with tummy time and use bright and stimulating toys to facilitate crawling
    • Baby Yoga: While your baby may not be able to get into an adult pose, parents are encouraged to help their little ones get into more age appropriate poses to help not only strengthen their gross motor skills, but also promote overall good health. It is good practice to not only help your child explore various yoga poses, but encourage yoga by modeling it for them.
    • Knees to chest: relieves gassy babies. Lay your baby on her back; bend her knees gently toward her stomach. Release her legs so that they are lying flat on the floor. Once baby is in position, rotate her knees in small circles to release any pressure that may be in baby’s belly. Once the pose has been repeated 3-5 times taking a few breaths in between poses, take turns alternating her legs down and then back to her chest—making a bicycling motion.
    • Mommy/Daddy-Baby Squats: stand with your feet at hip’s distance apart. Turn your feet out to a 45 degrees and hold your baby at your belly. Place one hand on baby’s bottom and the other supporting her neck and head. Allow baby’s feet to press into your belly like a frog. While holding baby securely, drop down into a squat while maintaining the baby’s position and exhale vigorously with a whhooo sound, then come back to standing position with a calming inhale. This pose will stimulate a newborn’s calming reflex and soothe them when they’re fussy.
    • Downward Dog: infants often experiment with this pose as they learn to walk. While hands are on the floor, lift the bottom to the sky, as you stretch your arms and legs. This pose is excellent practice for babies to develop their sense of balance and control for their top and bottom regions.
    • Baby and Ball: allow the ball to rest between mom’s knees. Place baby on the ball in a sitting position. Help your baby bounce on the ball very gently as she strengthens her sense of balance. After getting comfortable with this pose, allow baby to rest on her tummy as you use her body to roll the ball in each direction making circular motions. From this pose, we will allow the baby to do a rocking motion forward and backwards to further develop neck muscles and strengthen baby’s core.

     

    3.-Tea Time: Language and Social Skills Development

    Infant massage(3-7 Mos.)

    • Proven to promote better sleep
    • Reduces colic
    • Facilitates body awareness
    • Strengthens bond between baby and mommy/daddy
    • Sensory stimulation
    • Improved blood circulation
    • Aids in digestion
    • Stimulates production of oxytocin (Oxytocin is a hormone which can be produced by both male and female persons during massage. It is useful as a pain reliever and has a calming effect on the child.)
    • Balances respiration

  • promotion storytelling-BMIA
    "Storytelling, Looking deeply to think deeply"

    FREE Storytelling with art using thinking routines at School

    Our story telling hour is conveniently held at our school twice per month (Tuesdays) from 10:00-11:00 am. 1–5 years old

    Each class is FREE of charge!!
    • Child must be accompanied by an adult
    • Limited spots, registrations at school
    • Please R.S.V.P.
    • Phone: (954) 653-1570, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    All children and families in the community are welcome to join us for this dynamic learning experience. Each week we will be telling a new story using one of our developmentally stimulating “thinking routines.” The children will have the opportunity to not only have story time, but learn critical thinking skills; understand the components of a story and how we use them to develop our senses. Parents, watch how your child will learn and develop their cognitive, linguistic, and social skills through our “thinking routines.”

    The hour will include a story read by one of our teachers trained in VT, we'll be implementing one of our thinking routines to encourage critical thinking skills, and each story is followed by a craft to make the story comprehension visible.

    Story Time “Thinking Routines”


    These are some of the daily Thinking Routines that are used on a daily basis at our schools to promote habits of mind:

    • What Makes You Say That?: Interpretation with justification routine. This routine helps students describe what they see or know and asks them to build explanations. It promotes evidential reasoning (evidence-based reasoning) and because it invites students to share their interpretations, it encourages students to understand alternatives and multiple perspectives.
    • Think Puzzle Explore: A routine that sets the stage for deeper inquiry. To help students connect to prior knowledge, to stimulate curiosity and to lay the groundwork for independent inquiry.
    • Think Pair Share: A routine for active reasoning and explanation. This routine encourages students to think about something, such as a problem, question or topic, and then articulate their thoughts. The Think Pair Share routine promotes understanding through active reasoning and explanation. Because students are listening to and sharing ideas, Think Pair Share encourages students to understand multiple perspectives.
    • Circle of Viewpoints: This routine helps students consider different and diverse perspectives involved in and around a topic. Understanding that people may think and feel differently about things is a key aspect of the Fairness Ideal.
    • I used to Think... Now I think...: This routine helps students to reflect on their thinking about a topic or issue and explore how and why that thinking has changed. It can be useful in consolidating new learning as students identify their new understandings, opinions, and beliefs. By examining and explaining how and why their thinking has changed, students are developing their reasoning abilities and recognizing cause and effect relationships.
    • See Think Wonder: This routine encourages students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. It helps stimulate curiosity and sets the stage for inquiry.
    • Compass Points: A routine to help students flesh out an idea or proposition and eventually evaluate it.