At school, the teachers and children have listened with the infants to the gurgle of the bottle warmer, a sign that their bottle is on its way. They have observed infants quickly relax at the sound of the noise machines being turned on for a nap, and one who even kicks and dances to the sound of the spray bottle after a diaper change.
What sounds are signals to the infants at home? How do the infants demonstrate that they have a relationship to a sound? What times are these relationships strongest, perhaps shared times, like meals? If you are taking walks or having time outside... are there sounds that are particular to the neighborhood (ex. construction) or the time of year (ex. birds singing) that infants are paying close attention to?
Attending to the sounds in the environment can be helpful in keeping us grounded and finding peace in difficult times, and infants are models at helping adults remember to tune into the present.
The teachers of Room 2 invite the families to share what sorts of sound relationships families see with their infants at home to compile an inventory of familiar "home" sounds of the Room 2 infants!