Posts Categorized: Toddler I

What Does Snow Turn Into When It Melts?

Over the past few weeks in Toddler 1 we have been learning about our planet.  We have learned that we find three things on Earth: land, air, and water.  The cold temperatures outside have allowed us to take our study even further.  We have been talking about how water is a liquid, and when it freezes it turns into ice which is a solid.
This week’s snowfall gave us yet another avenue to explore.  During circle time, we discussed that the sun is hot and the snow is cold.  The children were posed with the question, what happens to the cold snow when the hot sun shines on it?  Everyone agreed that the snow would melt.  What they did not agree on was what it would turn into when it melted.  Over half the class suggested that the snow would melt into milk. They immediately understood that ice would melt into water, but ice and water are the same color.  In their minds the snow, since it is white, should melt into milk.
We scooped some snow into a bowl and spent our entire day watching the snow melt.  Will it be water or milk when it melts?
~Ms. Becky and Ms. Lacey
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February 27, 2015 6:45 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Parent Observation Month- Toddler 1 Ms. Becky and Ms. Lacey

February is Parent Observation Month here at MSH.  Our toddler parents will be observing through the videos the teachers have recorded, while parents at other levels will be observing by sitting in the classrooms.  While observing try asking yourself these questions:

                     How do the children relate and communicate with each other and the teachers?
                    What kind of mood do you feel the classroom has?
                    Would you enjoy being a child in this classroom?
Take notes while you are observing.  Write down any questions, concerns, or comments you may have on the paper provided by your child’s teacher.  When you’re done observing stop by the office and have a copy of your notes made.  The office staff will give the copy to your child’s teacher.  You may take the other home with you.  Having a copy of your notes is a great tool for your child’s teacher to reference to while preparing for spring conferences.
We would also like to encourage our toddler parents to observe some of the primary classes in preparation for the next school year.  All sign up sheets for observation times are posted outside of the classroom doors.  We love sharing our classrooms with you and look forward to reading your comments.
Becky and Lacey
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January 30, 2015 7:59 pm  |   Category: ,   |   Comments Off

Toddler I November

Parents often ask us, “How do you get them to do that?” or they say, “I wish they would do that at home.”  These questions and comments almost always occur after Parent/Child Sharing Night and after conferences.  They see their child cleaning up after themselves, being independent in their self care, not taking things from others, and wish they could see their child exhibiting these desirable behaviors at home.  The answer we give our parents is that the environment has to invite these behaviors.

 

Children naturally want structure in their lives.  While they may not show it, they want it, they need it, and they thrive with it.  Our classroom is set up to fit them.  It is their world, and they are responsible for its care.  While turning your home into a Montessori classroom may not be doable, there are things you can do to help make it more like school.

 

The first rule of thumb is less is more.  Children’s rooms and playrooms can become cluttered with toys.  Having too much overloads their senses, and they simply cannot make sense of it all.  This is especially important to remember during the upcoming holiday season when new gifts will be arriving from family and friends.  Make a point to clean out their old toys in anticipation of the new ones they will be receiving.  In our classroom we regularly rotate out the work, keeping no more than two pieces of work on a shelf.  Rotating the materials keeps them fresh and inviting.

 

Many years ago we had a parent tell us the way she did that was by giving the old toys to charity.  She sat down with her child and talked about which toys were toys the child still played with and which toys they had outgrown.  After sorting them into two piles they talked about little children in the world who did not have toys and encouraged the child to think about giving them to those children.  How happy a little boy or girl just like them might be to receive this new toy.  The child loved the idea of sharing with other children and was eager to give as gifts the toys she was no longer using.  Doing this not only lessens the clutter in your home but it also highlights sharing.  Caring for others is something we all can practice more often.


In the coming months we will share more ideas on molding your home environment to be more like the classroom environment.  Thank you all for reading and for sharing your precious children with us.  

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November 21, 2014 3:55 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Toddler I April Blogpost

The second half of the school year is quickly coming to an end.  All that the children in our class have learned since the first day of school is now more evident than ever.  Morning drop-offs are easier than they were during those first few months, our work cycle has expanded to mirror that of a primary work cycle on most days, the children have achieved a great level of independence in making their own snack and preparing their own lunch with minimal assistance, and they are taking care of their own toileting needs with minimal assistance, as well.

Every day  spent in our class is a true testament to what these young children are capable of.  We hope you are able to see the growth in the pictures we share with you as much as we can see it in our first person experiences in the classroom.
As they grow they are moving closer to the start of their 3-year primary cycle in the 3-6 year-old classroom.  One of the biggest changes between our toddler classroom environment and the primary classroom environment is the morning drop-off time.  The primary children move toward independence from the moment they step into the classroom by immediately finding work, helping to prepare the classroom for the new day, and melding into the already working classroom seamlessly.  Over these last few weeks of the school year it is important that we move in this direction, as well.  We will be weaning the children from having their parents remain in the classroom once they have entered to being greeted by the teacher and engaging in an individual activity, group activity, or activity with the teacher to prepare the classroom for the new day ahead.
Our children delight in the start of a new day, and making that start as smooth as possible is the key to preparing them for their primary years.
Becky and Lacey
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April 18, 2014 6:17 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off

Toddler I March Blogpost

Welcome Spring!

This month our Toddler 1 class will be busy studying the Earth, its different continents, and the cultures of the people who live far away from us.  We kicked off our multicultural studies with St. Patrick’s Day by talking about how the holiday is celebrated in Ireland, which is a country in Europe.  In honor of the holiday we made Rainbow Fruit Skewers for snack.

The continent we will be focusing on for the annual Multicultural Festival is Australia.  If you or someone you know has anything from or about the continent of Australia please let us know.  We would love for you to share it with our class.

Planting our garden will also be a big focus in our classroom this month.  Last month we learned that our Earth is made up of water, land, and air.  Now we will begin putting that knowledge into practice by watching how the land, water, and the air will help our plants to grow.  A BIG thank you to all of the parents who helped during the family work days to prepare our garden.  Without all of your work, enjoying our garden would not be possible.
As always thank you for sharing your children with us.  Please do not hesitate to ask if you  have any questions or concerns.

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March 18, 2014 5:07 pm  |   Category:   |   Comments Off