The Penguin Room is a full time birth-to-three classroom with ages ranging from 6 weeks to 3 years old.
The Penguin Room is designed to allow infants and toddlers to discover their independence in a secure yet stimulating environment. The activities offered encourage the children to enjoy new experiences by building on what they are already comfortable with. The teachers are available in the room to encourage independence and self-help skills, and to share the “ah-hah” moments and the times when the children need comfort.
The Penguin Room works under the same philosophy and curriculum goals as the other rooms at NBCC. Our curriculum is specifically designed to enhance children’s natural development progression. In everything we do, we aim to maintain our primary goal of being a child-centered room. We observe the child’s interests and curiosities and plan all of our activities around them.
While your child is in the Penguin room we will be communicating with you throughout the day and weeks. We have a large parent display board outside the room with information, we utilize the parent mailboxes, we also log the interests and activities of each child (a clipboard posted in/around the door) daily, the white erase board will highlight the overall activities of the day and photos of your child will be shared with you regularly through our ProCare app.
In the room, the children have a few locations for their things from home. They will have a locker in the hallway, a cubby in the room and an extra clothing bin in the bathroom.
As a team we meet each week for one hour to plan activities for the following week. We work very hard to provide your child with meaningful experiences that are developed from their interests as well as regular exposure to new ideas. Our planning sheet is posted outside the door of the classroom for parents to view the domains we work on regularly.
In the Summer we explore water play twice a week! We run through a
sprinkler, splash in a water table and squirt water bottles. Send in a
swimsuit, towel and water shoes (or other plastic footwear) At the end of the
week, we will send these items home to be washed and returned for another week
of water play!
In the Winter we go outside as long as the wind chill is above 20°. Each day
send seasonally appropriate clothing in with your child. Specifically each
child needs: a warm coat, hat, mittens/gloves and boots for snowy days.
For rainy days we will go outside and explore the sprinkles as long as it is
not raining too hard. Please send in a raincoat and rain boots for these
Penguin’s learning through play!
Independence & Saying Goodbye
There are lots of helpful resources online and on our Resources page on helpful ways for your child to foster independence. A wonderful article from mybaby.org is provided in the button below.
Transitioning out of Diapers
Potty training can be a very tricky and sometimes frustrating process, so we help keep communication open and can start when you are ready at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics has more information below.
Our Penguin Room information packet provides all of the necessary material you need to know about our room, whether enrolling a new child or how a process works.