Infants and Wobblers

For babies, newborn to 15 months

mother and sitting baby

Overview

This 2-hour weekly parent-baby class offers a great learning opportunity for you and your infant, with shared experiences of play, music, and movement. You’ll find peer support as you meet and share with other parents who may be going through the same exciting and challenging changes. Our team of parenting instructor, children’s music specialist and nutritionist will help guide you through your early months with your infant and through their months as a “wobbler.”

 

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What will your child experience at our class?

Babies accompany their caregiver (mom, dad, grandparent, or nanny) to the weekly class. The classroom is a calm, nurturing environment where children are encouraged to freely explore and guide their own learning. There are developmentally appropriate toys, sensory materials, books, and everyday objects for your child to discover. Music time introduces music, rhymes, finger-plays, and engaging movement activities, all of which enhance early brain development.

The class offers a snack lab where a light snack is offered for children at their readiness level.  The goal is to provide intentional feeding with respect while incorporating healthy food choices each week and for your baby to have a healthy relationship with food.

What will you get out of our class?

Parent education sessions are held each week. The Infant and Wobbler classes address family interactions and relationships in the important first months of the child’s life and support parents in their learning and growing with their child. Enjoy discussions that focus on meeting the needs of both parent and child. ​Topics centered on daily routines, sleep, nutrition, responding with respect, child directed-play and play environment will be explored as well as understanding temperaments, parenting styles, crying, health and safety, positive guidance and limit setting. An observation time will provide better understanding and encouragement of the unfolding of the motor, emotional, social, cognitive development, and the skills and needs of children. Our Parent Education Instructor helps you sort through all the theories and ideas so that you can make informed choices that help you become the parent you want to be.

What Our Students Say About this Class

I think this class should be required for every parent!  It’s so helpful to be able to discuss issues and get ideas… Our discussions gave me many moments to reflect on and even adjust my parenting. I enjoyed sharing the learning with my husband and with my friends.

Location and Visiting a Class:

All classes are held at our infant classroom on the campus of Bellevue College. To visit or observe a class, check our home page for Open House opportunities.  You can also schedule a 30 minute visit during a class meeting time, from October to May, by contacting the instructor listed on the schedule.

How to Register

Infant and Wobbler classes start in late September and run through May each school year (except for Item # 7003, which starts in January). Students may join at any point during in the year, if there is space available. Check the table below for age recommendations for each class.

To register, go to our online registration form.  If you are registering before the baby is born, enter your due date where it asks for the child’s birth date.

Tuition cost is $248 per quarter. (A second child from the same family will pay 50% less.) Fees cover the parents’ Bellevue College tuition as well as tuition for the children’s program. Scholarships are available; a confidential application is made through the class instructor.

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Class LocationItem#BirthdateDay & TimeInstructor
Campus Infants70004/19 - 9/19M 12:30-2:30pVicki Smolke
Campus Infants70011/19 - 4/19M 9:30-11:30aVicki Smolke
Campus Evening Infants/Wobblers70028/18 - 6/19T 6:00-8:00pGeoryl Sparkman
Campus Infants Wednesday - Starts January, 202070038/19 - 2/20W 12:30-2:30pJudy Erbe
Campus Wobblers70047/18 - 12/18
W 9:30-11:30aVicki Smolke
Campus Wobblers70059/18 - 12/18Th 9:30-11:30aVicki Smolke

Class LocationItem#BirthdateDay & TimeInstructorAvailability
Campus Infants70001/20-9/20M 12:30-2:30pVicki SmolkeOpen
Campus Infants70011/20-9/20M 9:30-11:30aVicki SmolkeOpen
Campus Eve. Infants/Wobblers70027/19-6/20T 6:00-8:00pGeoryl SparkmanOpen
Campus Infants Wednesday
Starts January 2021
70038/20- 2/21W 12:30-2:30pJudy ErbeOpen
Campus Wobblers70047/19 - 12/19W 9:30-11:30aVicki SmolkeOpen
Campus Wobblers70057/19 - 12/19Th 9:30-11:30aVicki SmolkeOpen

Last Updated April 1, 2020