Toddler 1

Toddler 1 - May 17, 2019

New York City Landmarks

A new Language activity in the Toddler 1 classroom this week involved matching a variety of New York City landmarks to their pictures. The children were delighted to identify familiar favorites like a taxi, a subway train and the Statue of Liberty. They often share their own stories about encountering them in real life. They also enjoyed learning about some interesting buildings in the city, such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and the Guggenheim Museum.


Magnetic vs Non-Magnetic

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


Welcoming Caterpillars

On Wednesday the Toddler 1 students welcomed caterpillars into their classroom! After discussing the lifecycle of a butterfly and the process of their metamorphosis, the Toddlers carefully studied the caterpillars. Each day the students attentively watch the caterpillars as they eat and quickly grow in size! To expand on their learning about the life cycle of a butterfly the students also explored a variety of butterfly themed books, life cycle materials and a new butterfly circle time song.


“Butterfly Spider Caterpillar Palace”

The Toddler 1 class proudly presents Butterfly Spider Caterpillar Palace! After enjoying making their own individual symmetrical paintings, the whole class worked as a group to create one large piece of art. Each child chose a color, squeezed a few drops on the paper and watched in anticipation as the paper was folded in half and opened again. The children loved to chat about what they thought the design looked like and as you can see from the name that the children chose for our project, there were several different opinions!

Toddler 1 - May 10, 2019

The ‘Bring Me’ Activity

For Toddler 1 students with a solid grasp of the connection between numerals and quantities, the Bring Me activity offers them a chance to reinforce that connection with a fun, treasure hunt style game. After the student has identified the number, a teacher will ask him or her to find objects in the classroom, such as one crayon or two blocks, and bring them to the corresponding number on the rug. The game often continues with numerals all the way through nine, which can be very "big" work for the child. This activity requires a great deal of patience, concentration and perceptual ability and helps to enhance the student’s counting skills.


Matching Music

Musical instrument object and picture matching is a favorite new Language activity in the Toddler 1 classroom. The students love to pretend to play each tiny instrument as they explore familiar and new vocabulary such as a flute, guitar, violin, french horn and trumpet. They also enjoyed listening to the sounds of instruments at circle time, trying to guess the instrument as the sounds were played. They are becoming experts at identifying the sounds of an accordion, a snare drum, bagpipes and a vibraslap, just to name a few!


The Water Table

The Toddler 1 students were 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.

Toddler 1 - May 3, 2019

Silhouette Matching Work

Toddler 1 students used the new silhouette matching work from their Sensorial area. Having carefully laid out the cards showing the silhouettes of a variety of objects, the children match the corresponding objects to their shapes. This activity encourages visual discrimination and helps the children to understand the relationship between a three-dimensional object and the two-dimensional representation of that object on the card.


Leaf Polishing

A new leaf polishing activity is available in the Toddler 1 classroom. After sprouting beans and planting herbs the past few weeks, these budding gardeners were excited to help their class plant continue to grow. The children used their most careful hands to spray the leaves and delicately wash them with a small cloth or cotton ball. There is also a tiny magnifying glass to observe the plant or check for any spots that still need attention. This is a beautiful way for the Toddlers to feel responsible in the care of their environment and appreciate the simplicity of nature.


Bean Updates!

Each day Toddler 1 students come into school excited to see any progress or visible changes that have occurred to their kidney beans. Using a magnifying glass, students carefully study the beans and delight in their many changes. Many of the beans have started to spread their roots!

Toddler 1- April 26, 2019

Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, Toddler 1 students were joined by several second graders for a lovely morning of planting herbs. After singing "Good Morning, Dear Earth" as a group, the children worked together to pour soil into cups, sprinkle in basil, chive or cilantro seeds and spray their plant with water. The plants are now happily in the classroom where the Toddler students will continue to water, observe and care for them each day.


Sequencing Cards

Sequencing cards, or "story puzzles" are a popular new language activity in Toddler 1. The students enjoyed putting the picture cards in order and then telling a story about what is happening. While creating is a story is fun, the class is practicing the ever important concept of sequencing. This activity builds on the children's powers of observation while helping to develop the ability to understand and arrange purposeful patterns of actions or ideas.


Building Blocks

A set of colorful, interlocking building pieces has been a new favorite in the Toddler 1 classroom. The open- ended nature of this activity invites experimentation and allows students to become absorbed in this work for long stretches of time. Some children chose to sort by color while others made three dimensional designs and displayed remarkable persistence and fine motor control.

Toddler 1 - April 18, 2019

Sprouts

This week, the Toddler 1 class began the process of attempting to sprout their own beans. Each child selected several beans, folded them in a paper towel, moistened them by spraying a water bottle and carefully sealed them in a bag. The bags were then placed in a window to absorb plenty of sunlight where we will continue to observe them each day!


Symmetrical Painting

The Toddler 1 students recently experimented with "symetrical painting". To do this, each child carefully squeezed drops of paint onto a paper before folding it in half. After attening it down and spreading their hands around the top of the paper, they opened it to reveal a new design. They marveled at how the paint looked the same on both sides of the paper and talked about what they thought each image looked like.

Toddler 1 - April 12, 2019

Guacamole

The Toddler 1 class had a great time making guacamole as a part of their weekly group snack project! They enjoyed guessing what color the avocados would be inside, examining the pit, smelling the lemon and taking turns mashing the avocado inside a bag. Being involved in food preparation is a wonderful way to encourage even the pickiest of eaters to explore new foods. Almost everyone chose to try a bite along with their tomatoes and pretzels!


Cherry Blossoms

The Toddler 1 students were delighted to find that some real cherry blossom branches had found their way into the classroom! Some children chose to bring the flowers to their table while they worked on cherry blossom collages while others simply enjoyed a moment of peaceful exploration.

Toddler 1 - April 5, 2019

Welcome Back!

The Toddler 1 students were delighted to return to their classroom and friends after Spring break. Some children were quick to seek out new materials on the shelves, while others were excited to get their hands on some favorite pieces of work.


Animal Family Jigsaw Puzzles

Several Toddler 1 students have been working on new animal family jigsaw puzzles. In addition to figuring out the challenge of the pattern of the pieces without the aid of a frame or matching picture to guide them, the children must sort the pieces first to see which set of animals they belong to. Though it requires quite a bit of patience and persistence, the children are often so pleased with themselves for completing the puzzle that they want to take it apart and start the process all over again.


Number Puzzle

Another popular new puzzle in the Toddler 1 classroom is used to support the concept of associating number symbols with their corresponding quantities. After carefully counting each picture on a wooden block, the students search for the corresponding numeral to see if it fits. Because this material is self-correcting, the children can independently realize if they have made a mistake, fix it and move on without needing any assistance from an adult.

Toddler 1 - March 15, 2019

Yoga

Yoga practice has quickly transformed into a favorite Toddler 1 activity! Throughout their mornings, students have practiced Yoga during group circle, as well as by independently engaging in the new “Yoga work”. First, the child carefully lays out their yoga mat and takes off their shoes. Next, they choose a pose from a box of yoga picture cards. Then, they practice the pose on their mat for as long as they like. Yoga offers the children a chance to explore the different ways they can use their bodies, provides a constructive outlet for physical energy and gives them an opportunity for a peaceful rest in the classroom whenever they feel they might need it.


Books

At any given time in the Toddler 1 classroom you can witness at least one child deeply engaged in a book. Reading books is an incredibly important part of a child’s day as it promotes brain development and imagination while teaching children more about language, the world around them, and themselves. Having access to books to explore independently, in small groups, or listening alongside a reading adult are important pre-reading activities and opportunities for socialization.


Emotion Cards

As the T1 children continue to grow and mature, they have begun to explore feelings and emotions in a more articulate way. Recognizing and naming emotions is an important rst step toward helping young children manage their feelings. During an emotional episode, simply identifying a child's feeling as "angry," "sad" or "frustrated" can often help them to calm down and begin to control the emotion. A new piece of work helps the students to practice identifying common emotions. A series of picture cards displaying happy, sad, angry, silly, and other faces is set out with a small mirror. When a child chooses the work, they identify the feeling on the card and practice making the same face in the mirror. This activity often leads to discussions about what makes us feel certain things, and how we can behave when we encounter di cult feelings.

Toddler 1 - March 8, 2019

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.


Collage

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.

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