Infancy - 15 Months

(Or when they are ready!)

It's A Small World bases its educational practices on the curriculum philosophy of developing the "whole child". In keeping with guidelines developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, our curriculum philosophy is designed to meet the needs of the child in age-appropriate and individual ways. We also strive to provide an anti-bias peer culture in which children learn to accept others different from themselves. Curriculum is defined as both daily routines and activities; teacher or child initiated. All parts of a child's day, including daily transitions, are created as opportunities to meet the developmental needs of children.



The curriculum is developed around the 4 significant areas of all children's development - social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. These are the 4 concepts that guide all adult interactions with children, whether formal or informal.

  • Social: Children learn through interaction with adults and other children. At ISW children are provided with opportunities to develop social skills such as sharing, helping, problem solving, and communicating with others.

  • Emotional: Children like adults learn best when their physical needs are met and they feel confident, safe and secure. Teachers help to teach children self-control by using positive techniques such as positive reinforcement, role modeling and redirecting children to acceptable behavior.

  • Physical: Children are provided daily opportunities to develop large muscle and small muscle skills through a variety of indoor and outdoor play activities. Children gain physical knowledge through having their needs met and through learning to meet their own needs. Our teachers spend much of their time down on the floor too! This allows teachers to actively participate in the development of the children.

  • Cognitive: As Jean Piaget has noted, "From infancy, children are mentally and physically active, struggling to make sense of the world.... children construct their own knowledge through repeated experiences involving interaction with people and materials." ISW believes this to be true and uses this premise to allow infants choices in their exploration and experiences unique to each child.



Routines: (Infants follow their own schedule)

  • Diapering/Toileting

  • Feeding/Mealtime

  • Naptime

  • Self-Help

  • Staff & Parent Interactions

  • Transitions


  • Creative Process

  • Dramatic Play

  • Language Arts

  • Manipulative Play

  • Music

  • Science

Program Description

Small Wonders

Ages 6 weeks-15 Months

(Or when they are ready!)

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Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30a.m.-6:00p.m.

Phone: (734) 714-3040 | Fax: (734) 221-5683

8318 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti MI 48197

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