Infant Classes at St. Martin's
-Two Locations-

- Ashford Dunwoody Road-Brookhaven -  (8 weeks - 2 years old) FULL FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

- High Point Road-Sandy Springs - (8 weeks - 3+ years old) OPENING SPRING 2021

St. Martin’s Episcopal School offers a program for infants ranging from 8-weeks until a child is developmentally ready for the SMES Toddler class at its Ashford Dunwoody campus and up to 4 years of age on its High Point Road campus.  The curriculum is grounded in love, kindness, safety and patience with the goal to provide exceptional care for babies and early learners.

The teaching staff engages with children to stimulate social, emotional, cognitive and physical development all while ensuring their basic needs are met.

With a low teacher-student ratio, the program offers a stair-stepped class approach for infants to developmentally move among three different levels of care.  From Hummingbirds to Owls to Falcons, the infants are fully prepared to enter a Toddler program as they approach or reach their second birthday.

The Ashford Dunwoody campus offers classes for infants and preschool-age children through 8th grade. The Ashford Dunwoody Road location is full for the 2020-21 school year. 

The High Point Road campus will offer classes for infants and preschool-age children up to 4 years of age. Click for architectural renderings.

The program is licensed through Bright from the Start.

For more information, please complete the Infant Interest Form.

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  • AD Campus - Hummingbirds (8 Weeks - Walking)

    The Hummingbird curriculum introduces Infants to a variety of experiences that stimulate social, emotional, and cognitive development. Infants spend their first months “getting ready” for speech. They listen to the many sounds around them as they begin to become interested in words and sounds and learn to tell them apart. Interacting by talking and singing is an important part of building this foundation and relationship.
     
    The Hummingbirds participate in appropriate activities to motivate and stimulate maximum growth and development. A vital part of infant development is feeling protected and trusting their needs will be met. Infants need to feel a sense of trust and security, which occurs when their teachers provide continuing and consistent psychological and physical care, which is a priority in our Hummingbirds classroom.

    Click here to view a daily schedule.

    Motor Activities:
    • Play peek-a-boo 
    • Shake a rattle up and down while singing
    • Use a variety of facial expressions while talking to the babies
    • Encouraging two-way communication. When the infants coo or babble, teachers will respond and take turns in “conversation”
    • Play with rhymes and songs
    • Encourage baby to play with toys that make sounds
    • Place infants on their tummy to play for a few minutes at a time
    • Hold infants' hands and clap them together while playing music and singing
    • Encouraging babies to practice repeated rolling from back to tummy. Place toys around to encourage pivoting
     Sensory Activities:
    • Encourage infants to touch fabric with different textures such as wool, corduroy, and velvet
    • Providing balls with different textures and colors. Teaching baby how to roll the balls
    • Play with a pretend phone; talk into phone as you would a regular call, then offer it to infant to do the same
    • Read short stories 
    • Start using hand movements along with associated words to teach baby to communicate with gestures
    • Play music throughout the day – lively, upbeat music during playtime, and quiet melodic music for naps
    • Read picture books together to help infants connect words and images
    Communication Activities:
    • Teachers speak in a sing-song voice to help get and keep each infant’s attention while talking
    • Encourage infants to wave hello when meeting new people
    • Direct each baby’s attention to interesting objects by helping them point their finger
    Motor Activities:
    • Give our infants stack toys such as blocks or rings, and describe each toy 
    • Practice new gestures like blowing kisses, clapping hands, or giving a high five
    • Use toys to encourage each baby (when ready) to crawl when they are in a Tummy Time position
    • Roll a soft ball across the floor and encourage the infants to crawl after it
    • Encourage older infants to play with toys they can push or pull across the floor
    • If an older infant is ready, help them practice walking with support
    • Encourages older infants to dance and sway to music
  • AD Campus - Owls (Walking - +/- 20 mo.)

    The Owl class infant curriculum is designed to enhance, encourage, and extend infant development. The program emphasizes the school's mission of educating the whole person in a loving Christian atmosphere.

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    Owl Class Goals & Objectives:
    • Through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences, the child will become an active learner.
    • Through interaction with caring adults, infants build trusting relationships and experience language stimulation.
    • Through active exploration of manipulative materials in an enriched environment, the child will increase gross and fine motor development skills.
    • Through socialization with classmates, the child will begin to discover his/her place in God’s world, unique yet part of a community.
    • Through a balanced curriculum of learning-how-to-learn activities, the child will learn to solve problems and discover answers for themselves. 
    Owl Class Activities:

    Language Activities:
    • Teachers will say and sing nursery rhymes with actions. Recognizing and generating rhyme are some of the first phonological awareness skills to develop. The child will be invited to say or sing a word.
    • Teachers will read books with the child. Children pretend to read long before they actually read and as they pretend to read, children demonstrate what they remember about the story and what they know about the illustrations.
    Introducing Number Activities:
    • Teachers will share various objects for the child to explore and count together
    • Number concepts are introduced including counting and sorting
    Sensory Activities:
    • Teachers blow bubbles and let each infant touch them and watch them soar through the sky and pop when they land. 
    • Teachers will wrap a table in plastic and spray shaving cream on top and encourage each infant to explore the shaving cream with hands, brushes or spatulas
    • Teachers will play chef and use measuring cups for each infant to fill with various items allowing the infant to serve as a snack.
    • Teachers will get a small water bottle and fill it with different objects. Each infant will take turns shaking it to discover glitter, pebbles, and other objects
    • Teachers create ramps for infants to roll various objects to learn about how gravity works
    • Teachers fill a bucket with blocks of different sizes, textures, and colors allowing each infant to explore the blocks 
    Communication Activities:
    • Teachers point and name different body parts 
    • Teachers bring new life to stories by making sounds as they read 
  • AD Campus - Falcons (+/- 20 mo. - Young 2s)

    The Falcons program is keyed to the developmental needs of our young Toddlers, while recognizing the uniqueness of each child and striving to meet individual needs. Rich learning opportunities that are balanced to include new experiences, multiple learning styles, and sensory stimulation all support brain development by letting children play with a purpose.  Through a balanced curriculum of learning-how-to-learn experiences each child develops a strong self-concept while simultaneously increasing his/her awareness of the needs of others.

    Falcon Class Goals and Objectives:

    Language Development

    The Falcons classroom is set up with a variety of fun centers around the classroom to inspire the verbal correspondence between one child and another or between child and teacher.
    Infants begin
    to observe and name everything (adding new words to their vocabulary each day).
    They will learn
    how to verbalize simple daily routines such as, dressing a doll, washing play dishes, or place felt
    pieces on a flannel board to tell a simple story.

    Cognitive Development

    Our Learning Academies are filled with stimulating materials that allow Infant teachers to facilitate children’s exploration through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch — as these sensory experiences
    send information directly to the brain and create the platform for healthy cognitive growth. 
    Students will use simple manipulatives to discover how to fill a container with sorted shape openings, stack and unstack blocks and develop the skills to match up a pair of like objects from a group of several different objects.
    Students will build on their fine motor and gross
    motor skills daily with dance, sensory activities, and small group play.

    Social and Emotional

    Teachers provide opport
    unities for the Falcons to spontaneously explore their world socially and emotionally.

    Teachers incorporate puppets and stories to teach Infants to express feelings, develop
    curiosity, and enhance self-esteem and values. Infants will learn how to share play materials among
    themselves.

    Falcons activities:

    Communication Activities:
    Teachers name different body parts and pointing to them. The infant will identify which body part is which. The teacher can name the body part first and have each infant point to it or you can point to a body part and have them name it. 

    Teachers have a dance party with infants. Plays some upbeat music and infants move to the beat.

    Teachers bring new life to stories by making sound effects. Infants enjoy hearing and
    discriminating sounds. They pretend the infant is in a race car. Make engine noises and pretend to turn the “steering wheel.”

    Motor Activities:
    Teachers blow bubbles to fall down in front of each infant while standing. Encourage them
    to pop bubbles by clapping between hands or by poking with his finger.

    Teachers set up a mini obstacle course in the classroom for students to explore.


    Teachers give each infant their own drawer or box of “treasures.” They let them look
    through it and whatever they pull out, they can use to play with.

    Infants love the repetition of fun songs, fingerplays, games, and reading books to help them

    learn. Teachers read a story about farm animals and the Infants moo, cluck, and oink!

    Sensory Activities:
    While outside, the teacher puts different sized balls on the ground. Set down a hula hoop
    and have each toddler gather the balls and put them inside the hoop.

    Infants play as a chef and use measuring cups for each infant to fill with Cheerios. Then let
    each infant serves the Cheerios as a snack.

    Teachers tape some contact paper (sticky side out) to your wall or window. Teachers give each infant a few different objects, like cotton balls, that they can use to throw or place onto
    the contact paper and watch it stick.

    Each infant holds a small water bottle that is filled with different objects. The infant
    shakes it around and discovers glitter, pebbles, and other objects as they turn it in their hand.

    Make sure the bottle is securely sealed and filled with age-appropriate items.

    The teachers create a ramp. Let each infant roll different objects down it to learn about how
    gravity works.

    Teachers provide some brightly colored objects, like bouncy balls, and place them around the classroom.

    Each infant walks around and tries to find them. Infants can count them as they
    find them too.

    Click here to view the daily schedule.

Coming Soon- High Point Campus

St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.