Toddler 1

Toddler 1 - September 21, 2018

Music with Ms. Cristina

The Toddler 1 students were delighted to welcome our Music teacher, Ms. Cristina, to their classroom this week. The children enjoyed dancing with scarves, playing bells and using a rhythm rope while singing about a galloping horse. Music class is always a happy time in the classroom and takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Practical Life

Practical Life is an important subject area of the Toddler 1 curriculum. Work in this area is designed to develop skills necessary for carrying out tasks in daily living. Some activities, such as spooning small objects between bowls or opening and closing a set of containers with various closures, are found on the classroom shelves. Other Practical Life activities occur naturally within the children's environment throughout the morning. When the students pour their own water, put away their work or wash their own hands they are learning important life skills to help care for themselves as well as their surroundings. All of these Practical Life activities help the children to develop their sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence.

Conversation starters for the Toddler 1 class:

  • Walked to the playground holding the red rope

  • Began having Music class with Ms. Cristina and Spanish time with Ms. Rose

  • Favorite songs: Good Morning Mr. Red Bird; Open, Shut Them; The Old Gray Cat

Toddler 1 - September 14, 2018

Orientation Week

It was a lovely orientation week in the Toddler 1 classroom! Our new students are already becoming comfortable and secure as they discover their new environment and get to know their friends and teachers. Everyone looks forward to a fantastic school year!

Toddler 1 - June 12, 2018

Last Day of School

It has been an amazing school year for the Toddler 1 class! 

End of Year Birthdays

The Primary 1 class celebrated summer birthdays before the end of the school year.

Father's Day

The Primary 1 students were excited to create special gifts for Father’s Day.

End of Year Games

The Primary 1 students enjoyed the end of the year games and activities.

Toddler 1 - June 8, 2018

End-of-year Picnic

The Toddler 1 class had a lovely end-of-year picnic as they joined the Toddler 2 students for snacks, bubbles and chalk on a beautiful Spring day!


Year-End Projects

The Toddler 1 students were hard at work creating special year-end projects!

Toddler 1 - June 1, 2018


Sorting is an important Sensorial activity that helps young children to begin mathematical logic and thinking.  By sorting objects, students recognize that objects are alike and different, as well as that hey can be organized into certain groups.  This type of work also helps to satisfy a Toddler’s need to independently cultivate order in their world.  While sorting materials can satisfy all of the senses, the following materials aim to help students to strengthen their ability to sort by visual sense.

Land, Air, Water Vehicle Sorting

This material allows students to sort objects by category: land, air or water.  First the child determines the type of vehicle and then sorts each vehicle into the correct category.

Sorting Coins

With the coin sorting material students sort quarters, pennies and dimes by differentiating
between their size and color.

"Bring Me" Game

The Bring Me game, an activity that exercises gross motor skills, allows students to sort and match objects by color.  While this work was initially led by a teacher, now the students work independently.  They begin by laying out a rug and bringing over the color tablets.  Then they lay out one color tablet on their rug and search around the room for at least one object matching the tablet’s color.

Butterfly Release

The Toddler 1 students released their butterflies on the playground. The children clapped their hands and cheered as each eager butterfly left the net, ready to spread their winds and fly!


Toddler 1 - May 25, 2018

“Individually Unique, Together Complete” 

Inspired by their love of painting, this Toddler 1 class project was created combining components of individual artwork to make a group masterpiece.  With their most careful hands, each child first created their own watercolor paintings.  When they were finished, a circle was cut from each of their paintings and added to a white sheet of paper.  This piece showcases the uniqueness of each child and the differences in their artistic expression.  This work reflects the Toddler 1 class:  Each circle, like each child, is individually beautiful, but when put together they are truly magnificent!


Their study of caterpillars and their incredible metamorphosis inspired a beautiful Toddler 1 Art piece.  For this colorful creation, the students worked with their Toddler 1 class parents to create a beautiful and symbolic butterfly.  The wings are made up of their tiny fingerprints, with one color representing each child in the class.

Just like the caterpillars, the Toddler students progressed through an incredible journey of growth and change.  They began as young children, then grew hungry for knowledge and friendship.  They spent the school year nourishing that desire and emerged as incredible and confident individuals, ready to spread their wings and fly.

Butterfly Update

This week the Toddler 1 caterpillars emerged from their chrysalides as beautiful and vibrant Painted Lady butterflies!  The students marveled at their complete metamorphosis and enjoyed watching them learn to fly and drink sugar water.


Turning Three

The Toddler 1 class celebrated a classmate’s third birthday!  With her mom at her side the birthday girl proudly showed some of her favorite childhood photos. Afterward she and her classmates hung her photos as a display in the classroom. 


Toddler 1 - May 18, 2018

Butterfly Update

Over the past weekend, the Toddler 1 caterpillars made an exciting change from large caterpillars into hanging chrysalises!  The students were fascinated to witness the next stage of the metamorphosis.

Magnetic vs. Non-Magnetic

Toddler 1 students enjoyed a new activity: experimenting with magnets. Using a magnetic wand, children determine which items in a bowl are magnetic and which are not.  The students explore exactly what makes something magnetic and enjoy predicting whether or not an item will stick to their magnetic wand.

A Visit From Primary

With the end of the school year approaching, the Toddler 1 students have begun to visit the Primary classrooms!  The visits help to prepare the Toddlers for their transition into the Primary class.  During their visit, students get to spend time in an exciting new environment with new materials, children and teachers. They have the opportunity to meet current Primary students and receive some of their first lessons from an older child.

Toddler 1 - May 11, 2018

Welcoming Caterpillars

This past Friday the Toddler 1 students were excited to welcome caterpillars into their classroom! Some class parents shared a wonderful presentation about the caterpillars and their metamorphosis.  Each day the students eagerly watch the caterpillars as they eat and quickly grow in size!  The students explored a variety of butterfly themed books, materials and a new circle time song.

Dish Washing at the Water Table

The Toddler 1 students have been very busy washing dishes at their water table!  This Practical Life work teaches children to care for their environment, as well as provides a material that requires multiple steps to complete.

Bead Stringing

As Toddler 1 students continue to grow, so does their ability to concentrate and focus.  Bead stringing provides a wonderful opportunity for students to practice their hand-eye coordination, strengthen their fine motor skills and exercise their focus.

Lyrics to the Circle Time Butterfly Song:
Sung to the tune of “Itsy-Bitsy Spider”

“The fuzzy Caterpillar climbed up on a leaf,

She spun her little Chrysalis and then she fell asleep,

While she was sleeping she dreamed that she could fly,

And later when she woke up she was a Butterfly”.

Toddler 1 - May 4, 2018

Budding Botanists

Toddler 1 students continued their plant education by planting herbs such as cilantro, basil and chives.  The children gathered all the necessary materials and made sure to carefully follow the steps necessary to growing their herbs. They began by filling their cups with soil, carefully adding their seeds on top, covering the seeds in more soil and then giving their plants a few sprays of water.  Students then placed their plants near a window where they can receive plenty of sunshine and water.  Each day the children carefully observe their plants for any changes and make sure to give them plenty of water.

Flower Arranging as a Practical Work

Practical Life is an essential component of the Montessori philosophy, not only for the necessary skills that it teaches, but also for the opportunities in independence that it provides for young children.  Flower arranging is a wonderful example of Practical Life activity where Toddler 1 students thoughtfully prepare vases and arrange flowers for the classroom.  Students begin by filling small vases with the appropriate amount of water.  They then sort the flowers into their appropriate vases based on the flower length and size.  Then students proudly find places for each vase around the classroom where their peers can enjoy the beauty and fragrance.

Five Little Ducks 

The Five Little Ducks counting and song work is a popular new material in the Toddler 1 classroom.  Students count out five baby ducks and one mother duck and then sing the lyrics to “Five Little Ducks”.  With each verse, one baby duck is subtracted from the group of ducks. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to work individually with counting and identifying quantity, as well as form small groups of peers to join in the activity.  Here are the lyrics to the version sung in class:

“Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Momma duck said ‘quack quack quack quack’
But only four little ducks came back.”

Conversation starters for Toddler 1 work

  • Did you work with the magnetic work?
  • What did you find in the “treasure chest”?
  • What was in the water table today

Toddler 1 - April 27, 2018

Celebrating Earth Day

Recently, a Toddler 1 class parent visited to celebrate Earth Day with the students.  She read a book about the importance of recycling and ways to keep from being wasteful and also presented a fun sorting lesson about how to keep our water clean.  This popular activity was in constant use at the water table as the Toddlers sorted out the "trash" from the sea life that does belong in the ocean.  Thank you for the lovely presentation!

Sensorial Extensions

Some Toddler 1 students explored extensions of the Knobbed Cylinders and the Knobless Cylinders.  These materials, used separately earlier in the year, encourage the children to explore different dimensional concepts like big, small, tall, short, wide and narrow.  Students grade the cylinders according to a single dimension (for example, from wide to narrow) or multiple dimensions (for example, from tall and narrow to short and wide). Combining several sets at a time allows the children to discover new patterns in the ways in which the materials relate to each other.

Working with Friends

The Montessori classroom is an inherently social environment that encourages the children to form meaningful connections with their peers in whatever way feels natural to them.  Toddler 1 students always find many ways to interact with their classmates throughout the morning, and these interactions are as unique and varied as the children themselves.  At this point in the school year, many Toddler 1 students are interested in using "work for two friends": activities that are designed for or can be open to collaboration between two or more children. Whether engaging in imaginative play, playing bingo or building together with manipulatives, these friends are developing interpersonal intelligence as well as forming loving bonds with their classmates.

Toddler 1 Conversation Starters

  • Ms. Cristina brought a little puppet, "Telly the Turtle" to Music class this week He was a big hit!
  • Planted herbs such as cilantro, basil and chives
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