Posts Categorized: Toddler I
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.
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.
Maria Montessori wrote, “The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
We love every moment in our classroom. Each part of the school year is something to cherish, and there is always something to celebrate. However, second semester is an especially magical time in our toddler classroom.
We often comment to one another throughout the day that we can meld into the background and the children would not even notice. Watching them put into practice everything we have spent hours repeating over the past few months not only gives us a sense of accomplishment, but it subconsciously gives them one as well.
They are now independent. They can work through the class day with minimal instruction from us. If they spill something they know where the sponges are to clean it up. When they are hungry, they no longer tell us. Instead they check to see if there is room at the snack table themselves and they make their snack on their own. They now know where everything belongs, and when a new student enters our classroom it is the children who help them to phase-in. Their classmates help them to know where to place work on the shelf. If a new student spills something, our other children are so eager to help them to clean it up. They are a fully functioning family unit. Caring for each other is a part of their daily routine.
The natural rhythm, which develops is a joy to behold. We are so very fortunate to be able to witness what our little people are capable of doing every day.
~Written by Becky and Lacey in celebration of Montessori Education Week
This week in the Toddler 1 Class we cooked rosemary bread using rosemary we picked from the garden ourselves. We talked about how the yeast was alive and needed warm water and sugar to grow. They watched the yeast expand as it ‘ate’ the sugar. We also talked about how if the bread did not have yeast in it then it would be flat, but it would get big with the yeast in it. Once our yeast was done ‘growing’ the children helped to scoop the remaining ingredients in the bread pan. Then we had to wait. We watched the bread machine knead the bread, saw it rise, smelled it baking and finally we got to taste it. Everyone loved the rosemary bread!
Here is the recipe:
- 1 cup of warm water
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
- *Put these ingredients in a measuring cup and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add the other ingredients in the bread machine pan.
- 2 1/2 cups of bread flour
- 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of dried rosemary
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
*Now add your yeast mixture to the bread pan and set the bread machine to quick bread or 1lb loaf. All bread machine settings differ. This is a smaller loaf of bread and most bread machines bake it for 2 hours or 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Enjoy with butter. Our toddlers sure did!
Our Toddler 1 class is abuzz with fall activity. This month’s thematic unit is All Things Fall. The highlight of our month was our annual field trip to the pumpkin patch. The children loved petting the farm animals, playing in the corn crib and picking their very own pumpkin. We will continue our unit by making paper bag pumpkins and painting with pumpkins in art. In science we will be studying the life cycle of the pumpkin as well as learning the different parts of a pumpkin. We would like to thank everyone for their gifts from our Small Hands wish list. The materials purchased by you will be put to good use by our children. Also, thank you for bringing in items for our Heartwarming Chili. Cooking the chili in class and then eating it at the Fall Festival is a great treat.
Our toddlers continue to learn and grow everyday. It is amazing how much they are truly capable of when they are given high expectations and the chance for independence. Please continue to encourage your child to dress and undress themselves with as much minimal assistance as possible. This is the first step towards readiness for potty training.
As always, thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions or concerns.