Sunday, August 24, 2014
Online registration for the first session of Happy Babies & Happy Tots circle time classes is open! Classes will be on Thursday mornings at Carlson Ice Arena in Loves Park, IL. The 10 week fall session begins on Thursday September 18th. Click to register
**Currently there are two levels of Happy Babies classes. Happy Babies and Happy Tots. Since children grow and develop at their own pace and reach milestones at different ages, the two classes are separated by developmental ability, not specific age.
Happy Babies (Thursdays 10:00a- 10:30a) is for infants and pre-walkers. There is no specific starting age. Newborns are welcome as a child is never to young to learn from their environment and listen to songs and stories. It is up to the parent to decide when they are ready for their child to attend a Happy Babies class and be around other infants. Happy Babies is for the infant who is not yet walking. Emphasis is placed on activities for babies and their caregiver to do together, encouraging the bond being formed between them.
Happy Tots (Thursdays 10:45a-11:15a)
Once your happy baby decides that walking is the only way to get around, they are ready for Happy Tots! This circle time class is for babies ready to play, learn, and explore their environment in new ways. More music and movement activities as well as action rhymes are incorporated to encourage body awareness and motor development.
For more information on classes and the Happy Babies program, visit our About page.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
This past year I started a new program for infants and their caregivers. It was a class designed to promote infant motor development, social skills, attachment building, and provide hands-on learning through play. I have resigned from my position and will no longer be teaching this class after August. The program will not be continued after I leave. However, I am a mom (this is why I resigned in the first place, to focus my time and attention on raising my two children) and I know that there is a need in our community for programming for infants and toddlers! That is part of why I started the program in the first place! I have a 10 month old, and I want to do something with her in the Rockford area, but the opportunities are very limited. I have created Happy Babies to fulfill that need and serve this very purpose! Happy Babies circle time classes will serve Rockford area infants, toddlers and their caregivers; providing positive social interactions, encouraging secure attachments, and enhancing development though songs and play. Classes will be held Thursday mornings. More information and a link to register will be coming soon!