Fall Smelling Jars
This week the Toddler 1 students explored a new material that brought the wonderful scents of Fall into the classroom. Using three perforated small glass jars, students can smell cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. As an extension to this exploration, the children then match each scent to a picture card depicting what is inside the jar. The students work hard to identity each individual smell and match it to its card. This material provides a wonderful outlet for sensory exploration as well as the development and refinement of their olfactory sense.
A significant component of the Practical Life curriculum for Toddlers is care of self. To aid in the development of self-care skills the Dressing Frames have recently been introduced to the Toddler 1 students. When choosing this material, students practice essential skills for dressing and undressing, which is a major step towards independence. Students practice manipulating buttons open and closed with the Button Frame, and the physical control, coordination and strength of bringing a zipper up and down with the closed Zipper Frame.
The Toddler 1 students recently began the weekly event of group snack. To prepare for group snack, the students and teachers gather all the tables and chairs in order to create one long table. Students then sit patiently waiting for a place mat, a plate, a cup for water and then serve their own snack. Group snack is a wonderful experience for students to practice patience, Grace and Courtesy, Practical Life skills like spooning and pouring, and social awareness.