Toddler 1

Toddler 1 - January 11, 2019

Back to School!

The Toddler 1 students were delighted to return to school after the Winter Break and were overjoyed to see their teachers and friends again. Students were excited to explore many new materials while eagerly re-visiting some of their classroom favorites.

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Toddler 1 - December 21, 2018

Happy holidays from Toddler 1!

Several Christmas themed activities have been in constant use in the Toddler 1 classroom. Decorating (and un-decorating!) the class Christmas tree encourages the Toddlers to use gentle hands when hanging the delicate ornaments while enjoying some festive fun. Some students enjoy peaceful time, often singing to themselves while decorating, while others are happy to invite a friend to join in.

Toddler 1 - December 14, 2018

Holiday Show

The Toddler 1 students were busy preparing for their holiday show! They worked hard learning songs, practicing with Ms. Cristina and Ms. Rose and making special headbands to wear for their performance. On the big day, each and every child was brave enough to stand in front of a very large audience. Thank you to our class families for attending the show!


Happy Hanukkah

It was a special day in Toddler 1 when a class parent came in to share a presentation about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with the class. She offered a brief history of the holiday and lit the menorah while singing a traditional blessing in Hebrew. Afterward, each child got to enjoy a special craft and explore menorahs (candle holders) and dreidels (spinning tops) on their own.

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Toddler 1 - December 7, 2018

The Kindness Jar

The Toddler 1 class has been excited to participate in the new Kindness Jar project, part of the school's "15 Years, 15 Hours" community service program. After reading Mary Murphy's sweet and simple book "How Kind!" and discussing the idea of kindness at circle time, the students began to notice kind acts taking place around them throughout the day. Whenever a child noticed an act of kindness (such as a classmate assisting a friend with their work, or helping to clean up a spill), they choose to write a kindness note. With a little help from a teacher, they write down the kind behavior they observed and drop the note in the Kindness Jar. During circle time at the end of the week, we share the kindness notes together, giving the children the opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the many ways in which we care for each other in the classroom community.


Spin Art

Open-ended, process oriented activities are an important part of the Toddler Art curriculum. This week, students used a salad spinner, paper plates and small paint bottles to create “spin art”. Students used their strength and coordination to crank the handle of the salad spinner, and then marveled at their wonderful creations.


A New Manipulative Material

The Toddler 1 students gave their full attention to a new Manipulative material, a basket full of colorful shapes to link together. This work requires tremendous hand strength and coordination to connect the shapes and the students work with great determination to do so. Some children try to connect as many as they can to one link, while others may choose to sort the pieces by shape or color.


Talking Points for Toddler 1:

  • The Kindness Jar

  • Rehearsing for our special performance on December 11th

Songs Practiced in Class:

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

  • Uno, Dos, Tres Deditos

  • La Familia

  • The Candle Song

Toddler 1 - November 30, 2018

The Pink Tower

Sensorial materials are an important part of a Toddler 1 student’s day. Recently, the Pink Tower, an iconic Montessori material, was presented in the classroom. It consists of ten pink wooden cubes, each differing in size. The work begins by a student carefully bringing over a single pink cube to a white rug. Once all the pink cubes are on the white rug, the student then arranges them by size, either horizontally or vertically. This refines their visual discrimination skills, as the control of error is visual. Students see if the cubes are in the wrong order and know when they need to be rearranged.


New Manipulative Material

Toddler 1 students recently enjoyed an exciting new manipulative material called “Squigz.” Students used this material on the windowed door in the classroom to add an exciting sensory element, as well as a good opportunity for gross motor activity. This open-ended material, along with many other manipulative materials, encourages fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, creativity and experimentation.


Thanksgiving Feast

Last week, Toddler 1 students dedicated much of their time and focus to meticulously washing, chopping and preparing food for their Thanksgiving feast. Students loved the soup that was carefully and thoughtfully prepared by one another. In between each delectable bite, students shared what they were thankful for on this special day. A special thank you to Toddler 1 families for providing the delicious ingredients.

Lower School - November 21, 2018

We Wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday!

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Toddler 1 - November 16, 2018

Food Preparation

The Toddler 1 students recently began food preparation as a Practical Life activity. At school and at home it is a wonderful way to give Toddlers responsibilities that are fun, exciting and purposeful. The apple cutting work requires many steps and quite a bit of patience. First, the students wash their hands and retrieve an apron to wear and a placemat for the table. Next they take the food prep tray over to the table and walk over to a teacher with a small bowl to be filled with apples. Then the students sit at the table, remove the apples from the bowl, place them on a cutting board and begin to chop and slice. After preparation, they eat their apples, put their plates in the dirty dish bin and return the tray to the shelf for the next student to use. This important work grows and strengthens concentration, coordination, order, independence and confidence.


Painting

Art is a great way for the Toddler 1 students to express themselves! They were recently introduced to painting on an easel. This work is intended to promote the process of art, rather than the product. There is no right or wrong way and no sample for the students to follow. Their art is focused on experience and exploration. There are so many amazing benefits of process art. Students refine their fine motor skills, use language and verbal skills to describe their work and learn to express their feelings, increase focus and feel successful.


Diwali

It was a special day in the Toddler 1 classroom when a student’s family joined them for a presentation about Diwali. The children listened as the parents read a book describing the holiday and had a chance to explore diyas (lamps) as their classmate brought them around. After the presentation the students were able to create their own special diya-inspired craft using glue and glitter. The Toddler students enjoyed the lovely visit!

Toddler 1 - November 9, 2018

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.


Dressing Frames

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.


Group Snack

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.

Toddler 1 - November 2, 2018

What’s Inside of a Pumpkin

For the last few weeks the Toddler 1 students worked hard to lift, carry, push and roll a large pumpkin throughout the classroom. This interest in pumpkins led to the curiosity of what could possibly be inside a pumpkin. Working in a small group, students discussed possibilities of what could be inside as they eagerly waited for it to be opened. Once it was open they were surprised to discover the squishy, stringy pulp and the slimy and slippery seeds!


"Five Little Pumpkins" Book and Activity

The Toddler 1 students enjoyed reading the book “Five Little Pumpkins” and acting out the story with five real, tiny pumpkins. This activity reinforced counting as the students lined up the pumpkins and delightedly sang along with the book again and again.


Jack-o-lantern Glue Collage

In celebration of Halloween, the Toddler 1 students enjoyed a new Jack-o-lantern glue collage. This work required multiple steps and careful hand eye coordination in order to complete.

Toddler 1 - October 25, 2017

Signs of Autumn

Signs of Autumn are everywhere in the Toddler 1 classroom! These students were fascinated by the basket full of seasonal objects on the Language shelf. The students used a magnifying glass to explore gourds and pumpkins of various colors, sizes and textures while practicing vocabulary such as bumpy or smooth to describe their findings.


Pumpkin-Shaped Spaces

These Toddler 1 students gave their full attention to another new fall-themed activity. Placing tiny pumpkins into pumpkin-shaped spaces has been a fun way to develop fine motor skills and concentration. While they have already practiced transferring objects using one-to-one correspondence with their fingers, the addition of a spoon has added a challenging new element.


Pumpkin Hauling

Toddler 1 friends worked together to try to move a giant pumpkin all around the classroom. This activity called for a tremendous amount of persistence, problem solving and patience as they participated in this wonderful gross motor exercise.

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