Learning about Babies in Kindergarten

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Mayra Julian, Kindergarten Teacher

Babies here, babies there, babies everywhere! As an extension of our study of self, the baby unit serves as a way for kindergarteners to research and reflect on the growth and change that has occurred since they were infants. At the beginning of the babies unit, parents played an important role in helping their child gather information about their preferences and abilities when they were babies. Each child brought in a baby picture and it was the starting point in discussions among their peers about their appearance as babies and likes and dislikes during that developmental stage.

Feeding a baby

Feeding a baby

Kindergarteners working on baby blankets for the baby visitors.

Kindergarteners working on baby blankets for the baby visitors.

Designing "Baby Fun" houses.

Designing "Baby Fun" houses.

Throughout this unit, baby siblings of our students were invited to visit the class. Our students were able to brainstorm a list of questions and practice their interviewing skills in both English and the target language. They learned and discussed topics such as food, likes and dislikes, sleeping arrangements, baby’s first sounds and a family’s beliefs and traditions. Across the kindergarten grade, classes were engaged in different projects. Some classes designed baby blankets, others created a blueprint and designed a baby play house or baby room, others were engaged in play centers in which students used their creativity and imagination to play the role of pediatricians, caregivers or baby toy inventors. This unit allowed our students to flourish as collaborators, inventors and caring individuals.

A baby visitor!

A baby visitor!

Giving the babies a bath and singing nursery songs.

Giving the babies a bath and singing nursery songs.

Baby's first visit to the pediatrician.

Baby's first visit to the pediatrician. 

Changing baby's diaper, and creating new baby toys with recycled materials.

Changing baby's diaper, and creating new baby toys with recycled materials.

Taking important phone calls while changing baby.

Taking important phone calls while changing baby. 

At left, getting the baby’s food ready. At right, students create culturally responsive baby houses.

At left, getting the baby’s food ready. At right, students use their new knowledge about how babies are raised in different cultures to create their own baby house along with objects that a baby would need.