TODDLER ROOM – MS. AMANDA’S CLASS
Back to School
Summer Recap: During the summer our Toddler Room are enjoyed a new theme each week that consists with fun crafts, yummy cookery, cool science activities and of course virtual field trips. The July themes consisted of Party in the USA, Outer Space, Down of the Farm, Under the Sea and Volcanoes! The children watched fireworks for our virtual field trip, made a solar system craft, learned about farming, ate yummy fish shaped pizzas and also did a volcano science experiment. For their Montessori work period, they focused on matching colors, numbers, and animals. They did a few sensorial play jobs with water animals. They practice many practical life jobs such as pouring and scooping. We are constantly changing the jobs around to challenge the children as they grow.
During the first week of August, we ended the summer program, with an Olympics themed week! The children enjoyed creating fun Olympic crafts and creating medals out of turkey bacon, and pancakes. They also participated in a few rounds of Olympic games. August 12th began the brand-new school year and we were so happy to welcome returning friends back, and brand new friends to our classroom. During the month of August, we talked all about, staying healthy and clean, during these times, revisiting hand washing, and social distancing.
September Recap: In September we started the new school year with the theme All About Me. Where the children learned all about themselves and their classmates. They did a fingerprint family craft showing everyone who lives at home as well as their pets. They also did a fun poster, with the help of their parents, telling us about themselves. I would like to personally thank the parents for their participation in this activity because I know it was time consuming, but the children loved sharing it on share day.
For Montessori, the children focused on spooning beans and picking up pompom with thongs for practical life. They also learn how to do the knobbed cylinders which they had a little challenge getting them into the proper place and lastly for Science the children learn about the seven continents which they enjoyed singing to help them remember what they are.
For enrichment. the children enjoyed a fun cooking activity, they made a face on a pancake out of different fruits. They also did a tasting activity with apples, they tried yellow, green and red apples to see which one they liked. The children loved these extra activities we added into our curriculum.
October Recap: In October, our curriculum theme was about Solar System & Space. The toddlers learned about the planets and their order in the Solar System. They also learned about rockets and how they take off into space. Their favorite part was counting backwards from ten to blast off! For Montessori time, the children focused on washing pumpkins and fruit sorting for Practical Life. They also learn how to properly stack the pink tower and brown stairs, for Sensorial. Lastly for science the children learn about the lifecycle of the pumpkin as well as the parts of a pumpkin. The children loved dissecting a pumpkin and they got the chance to feel the fibrosis strains and seeds that are inside, they even took some home which they were happy to show their families.
For enrichment, the children did a fun cooking activity. They made a ghost pop, which was a frozen yogurt covered banana with two chocolate chips for eyes, the children loved it! They also have been learning Spanish and making all sorts of Halloween crafts for art.
I want to thank all the parents who brought treats and goodies for our Toddlers Halloween bags since this year we are doing something a little different due to the circumstances.
November News: In November, we will be learning about Virtues and Values. The children will be learning about how to be helpful and kind to our friends. We will be adding Thanksgiving activities to the curriculum such as our family project, Disguised Tom the Turkey and many more fun harvest crafts.
We will be have Parent Conferences on November 4th & 5th and school will be closed November 11, 26 and 27th.
Curriculum for November:
- Virtues and Values
- Geography Study: USA
- Being Thankful
- Literature Book: Fill A Bucket By Carol McCloud
- Pumpkins & Gourds
- Thanksgiving and Harvest
- Fall Weather
Extra Curricular Activities (age 2 and older):
- Please make sure you are bringing in extra potty training supplies and extra-clothes for your child’s bin in the classroom. Also, please make sure the clothes are appropriate for winter and that you bring at least 2 full sets.
- The mornings have become very crisp, so we ask you bring your child in a jacket for morning play. Remember to label everything!