Posts Categorized: Toddler II
We hope everyone is enjoying the nice fall weather! We are also enjoying
playing outside with colorful leaves. The children are really curious about different leaves. Also a few of them are really interested in observing various bugs. We have now a bug-watching container. Thanks to the Arthur family (Sloan) & Park family (Mason) who donated materials from the Small Hands catalog. The children are enjoying these so much. They always like new or different things to explore. Last week we celebrated Diwali and kids loved the different Diyas (oil lamps). We always try to explore new work in fun way. We also started compost for our garden. Their social development is really noticeable, such as helping others or comforting a friend when he/she is sad. It is a real pleasure to watch the toddlers growing and becoming complete human beings.
I can’t believe this is the last blog from the Toddler II classroom for this school year. I need to express my gratitude to my kids, my assistant teacher, the extended care teacher, administrative staff, and the board members for all that they have done. I would also like to thank Steve Stripling who always helps keep our classroom pretty. We all worked hard as a team and sailed smoothly throughout the year. I would also like to thank my parents for giving us their continuous support and their warm and friendly help.
Last month, Kelly (Roman’s mom), visited our classroom with her musician friends. They played three different kinds of string instruments: violin, viola and cello. The children enjoyed the program so much. Ms Kathy, our music teacher, is also bringing different musical instruments from different parts of the world into every music class. The children are so happy to experience these new instruments.
This month, we are wrapping up our observations of the life cycle of a butterfly. In the past few weeks, we watched as the little caterpillars turned to adult butterflies before our eyes. We are going to do an activity with the butterfly life cycle as an art project. We are watching our vegetable garden which we created from scratch grow daily, also.
I can’t wait to see their happy faces walk through the door every morning. That makes me feel so good. I love reflecting back on all that I have learned from them this year.
I wish everyone a fun, wonderful summer.
Thank you to the parents in our classroom for making our Multicultural Festival successful. Thank you to our students, also, for working so hard on their artwork to decorate our classroom. Without their help, our room would not have looked near as festive. We learned so many things about North America over the last few weeks. We learned about different country’s national flowers, maps, and last but not the least, the food. My children really enjoyed smelling the fajitas cook and cutting the fajita vegetables for the festival.
On April 22, we are going to celebrate Earth Day. In preparation for this, we will study about the Earth’s natural beauty and how to conserve it by recycling. We are going to make some bird feeders out of recycled materials. We are already watching our seedlings grow. We are going to work on our vegetable garden, too. Along with that, we will start exploring with the geometric solids.We will match the geometric solids with common household items that the children are familiar with, such as a juice can representing a cylinder, a wooden ball representing a sphere, and an ice cream cone representing a cone.
Thanks for your continued support. Enjoy the nice weather and have a great month!
Hello everyone! Hopefully we are through with the cold weather. Over the past two weeks we have finally been able to enjoy our playground before and after lunch. In March, we will observe how tiny seeds become seedlings. We have already germinated peas. Now we are going to germinate tomatoes, spinach, beets, and radishes.
Our big Multicultural Festival is around the corner on April 5. This month we will be busy preparing for that. We are representing the continent of North America. This month, we will study North American food, animals, and some popular festivals celebrated here. I know it sounds like a lot, but our kids have been really interested in learning about the continents and their native animals. They learned them so well, and I am so proud of them! The students have been making some beautiful flags of North American countries. As a classroom, we are going to make a poster about North American animals. We are very excited getting ready for the festival.
We have added some new things to our morning group time over the last few weeks. Every Monday, two children dust the shelves and tidy the classroom for job time. We also have started meditation with our peace jar after group time. It is unbelievable how much concentration they can have now! It is our pleasure to watch them grow.
Our Spring Break is March 24–28. No regular school will be available during the Spring Break, but all day extended care will be provided. If you are interested, please sign-up outside our classroom.
We hope everyone is enjoying the cold weather. This month’s unit of study, food, was chosen by the children! During group time we were talking about food we like to eat in winter, and many of our children mentioned they enjoy warm soup. This led to a discussion of other foods we can put in our soup. All of them named different kinds of fruits. No wonder they all like fruits! Our food discussion took off from there, and that is what we have been exploring ever since!
So, we have added the study of fruits, vegetables and grains in addition to our usual work. We will cook some interesting grains such as quinoa, buckwheat (Russian), moog lentils (Indian), and massur lentils (Indian). We are also doing some science experiments with vegetables.
It has been a wonderful month so far.