New Geometric Shapes
After mastering the introductory lessons and learning the names (cone, cylinder, cube, rectangular prism, sphere and ovoid) last week, the Toddler 1 students progressed to an extension that reinforces their knowledge of geometric shapes. The students match the blue Geometric Solids to a collection of real-life objects like an ice cream cone, a soup can and an egg shaker.
A new collage activity caught the interest of the Toddler 1 students. They enjoyed "dressing" a picture of a child by gluing warm winter clothes onto the body. In addition to the creative opportunities and exercise of fine-motor skills this material provides, it also stimulates language development by reinforcing vocabulary related to winter clothing and inviting the children to discuss their own experiences with bundling up for the cold.
New Painting Methods
This week the Toddler 1 students explored a new method of painting. Using a simple paper cup, students created different patterns and prints. They appreciated their own ability to create something unique and artistic by using an everyday household item.