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 nd 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.
Feeding the Caterpillar
The “Feeding the Caterpillar" work was an instant favorite in the Toddler 1 classroom! After enjoying the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” for the past few weeks, students were excited to feed the caterpillar the same foods from the book. This work allows for a delightful independent dramatic play experience, or can provide a wonderful opportunity for collaborative play between classmates.
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.