WALKING INFANTS – MS. MONICA’S CLASS
Back To School
Summer Recap: During these summer months the infants and toddlers enjoyed different activities based on the theme for that week. For the 4th of July, we had a blast at the picnic at the park. During our sea creature theme week, they enjoyed playing with blue “sea foam” that we made with whipped cream and food coloring. Our safety week consisted of career dress up where the children tried on and played in doctor, fireman, and more uniforms. Using their fine motor skills for zoo theme week, they did a spider web activity. In addition, for dinosaur week they had so much fun playing with frozen dinosaur eggs. Our robot week consisted of inserting coins into a robot head that we made out of tissue box and pipe cleaners. We read numerous books to the children for storytelling week. For our last theme of sports and nutrition, we loved playing outdoors and doing our broccoli footprints. Last but not least, our children had an amazing time at the summer carnival.
September Recap: During this month our theme was all about me. They had so much fun learning about each other. During circle time they all learned about their mom and dad’s names. We have created beautiful art work with their fingerprints. This month we have successfully introduced our Montessori sensorial materials such as the knobbed cylinder 1 & 3. We also started our month by learning about color matching. We are very happy to see that many of our friends can match most of the colors. a projects or special events: Every craft that our toddlers did during this month was about 2 shapes and 4 colors. Everyday our friends have had the opportunity to practice their practical life skills that were introduced in a variety of activities. Since we learned different colors and shapes, we gave our toddlers the opportunity to play with Legos using those specific colors. They were also introduced to puzzles with different shapes and they all enjoyed their playtime.
October Recap: This month we learned about our five senses and what we use them for. We used sense of touch to make and play with ghost mud (water, shredded toilet paper and soap). We worked with letter: a, b, and c, numbers: 1 through 5. They enjoyed going over shapes: triangle, rectangle, and oval. We also reviewed the colors: pink, purple, orange, white, and black. We used our sound cylinders to listen with our ears to different sounds in each cylinder; loud or soft. We used our sense of touch to feel sand paper using the letters a, b, c, and our numbers one through five. The children learned how to spoon objects, sweep, and dust. The Alhambra fire department visited our school. We got to meet some fighters, explore their fire truck and took lots of pictures with them. The children had so much fun making Halloween projects. We have been singing songs throughout our day and learning new words to build our vocabulary.
November Recap: We have had such a successful month, children have settled into their daily routine. During this month, the children have learned about different fruits and vegetables, with pictures. We introduced during circle time the words: Harvest, Healthy foods, Turkey, and Thanksgiving. The children have continued working with our practical life jobs of scooping, pouring, using tongs and learning how to use boxes and open lids. We reviewed the sounds and letters “a-d.” Also during this month, we focused on learning how to count using different items such as; cards, feathers, leaves and rocks. Our children enjoyed all the sensorial activities such as the sound bottles filled with different kitchen seasonings. We also reviewed our 10 different colors of the month using our color tablets. The children seemed to enjoy learning the differences between rough and smooth. We are proud of each child’s accomplishments and enjoy watching each of them grow. We need to remember that children learn through play and interaction with their peers and adults. Consistency and continuity is extremely important to the development of each child. With consistency a child learns routines, rules and expectations. We try our best to provide this each day. Attendance plays a big part in the day and life of a toddler as well. Thank you to everyone who donated a book to our class, our children are happy to have new books, they are really in love with them. A BIG thank you also goes to all the parents who attended our parent/teacher conferences. It was really nice meeting all of you and discussing your child’s progress.
December Recap: Hello Parents, Happy Holidays! We have done so many fun things in our class this month. The children have learned about Christmas, winter time and being nice to our friends. They are working on using their words and practicing their sign language. With winter time comes cold weather and with cold weather comes colds and coughs; we are learning how to cover our coughs and wipe our noses with tissues. We’ve continued our practical life learning by using our knobbed puzzles. The children seem to enjoy the puzzles. We used a magnet to move bells around in a bottle and we worked on letters a-e and the ellipse shape. The children used tongs to feed our snowman fluffy snowballs which helped then with their grasping skills. In honor of the holidays, we painted a candy cane, sponge painted gifts, decorated Christmas trees and had fun making snowmen. We also made a very special keep sake gift for our families. Our last week of school for 2017 had lots of fun activities from baking cookies to pajama day to movie day! The children seemed to really enjoy participating in these activities.
January Recap: 2017 sure went fast! All the teachers would like to wish you a prosperous and Happy New Year. January is the month when we celebrated the arrival of winter. Our themes this month reflect winter animals and hibernation. We continued working with our Practical life skills by doing some dusting, sweeping, window wiping and folding towels. We have prepared some sensorial activities for our children to use during this month. For example, we have smelling bottles, the mystery bag and touching a box full of surprises. We will continue to go outside to play whenever possible and during outside time we have our children sing some fun songs like “Brown Bear, going on a Bear Hunt”, “Are you Sleeping Little Bear and Hibernation.” While they sing we have them also dance and practice different movements like spinning around, swing their arms like a monkey, lying down on their backs, and be a bear. For counting, we are using blocks, number puzzles, our fingers and toes. The colors that we have learned during this month are black and white. We have also introduced four sign language words; animal, black, white and sleep. Let’s not forget our art projects where we had our children paint animals in snow, make an animal collage, and create artic animal prints.
February Recap: Hello Parents, hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! We in the Toddler class had a fun filled month working on many different things. We worked on our self-help skills such as washing our hands, wiping tables, sharing, and putting our own bags and belongings away. For our theme of Cultural Awareness & Friendship, we sang songs such as “the more we get together”, “Love is all around us”, and “The World is a Rainbow.” For music and movement, we held our friends’ hands and walked around in a circle. We practiced giving gentle hugs and blowing kisses. For sensory activities, we had lots of fun finding a heart in a box full of rice, mixing colors with shaving cream, and painting with ice cubes. We worked on our number concepts by counting our fingers and toes, counting hearts, flowers, and rose petals. We had lots of fun activities for Valentine’s Day like decorating our goodie bags for all our yummy snacks. Thank you to all of you who brought snacks to share! We also made a heart collage and many other V-Day crafts. We hope you loved your gift from your little one. The children enjoyed making a lantern to celebrate Chinese New Year.
March Recap: In the month of March, the days become longer, and springtime arrived. The themes for the month were very exciting. We learned about dinosaurs, St. Patrick’s Day, caterpillars and butterflies. The children continued to learn and review the colors brown, green, yellow and orange. We have also resumed with working on these different shapes: star and diamond/rhombus. Everyday our toddlers work on their life skills by practicing putting on their own sweater, washing their faces, drinking out of a cup, and now they are continuing to learn how to throw away their trash. We have incorporated different sensory activities that have allowed the children time to explore and play. These sensory activities include touching ice, looking at dinosaur eggs, fruit loop color sorting, touching, feeling, and smelling different fruits (apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges). We even read The Very Hungry Caterpillar book and finally we did some flower picking. Every day during circle time, we continue to count from 1-10 and to make it even more fun we have used different items such as small dinosaur toys, flower petals, fruit loops, bean bags and regular number shapes to count. There is a lot of encouragement that we give to the children while they dance and sing to our music time. The children have learned many new songs this month such as, “My name is Stegosaurus”, “The World is a Rainbow”, “Hungry Caterpillars”, “Colorful Butterflies” and many more. They all seem to love the singing and dancing hour of our day. We even incorporate musical instruments during this hour as well. Another fun part to our day would be when we do our art projects. This month, we have done marble painting, hand painting, stamping, gluing, and sponge painting. We have been very productive and have made lots of fun-filled memories. Many pictures were taken and are placed on our classroom page on the website. We hope you guys enjoy reading our blogs and seeing the photos that we have posted for you.
April Recap: In the month of April, we learned about our planet Earth and the importance of taking care of it. We learned about items that we can recycle and items that we can reuse. Our class worked on picking up trash and placing it in the trash bin. We have also been watering our new succulent plants in our yard every week and are trying to remember to not pull them out, so they can continue growing. For our Montessori work time, we have continued to work on our self-help skills such as picking up our toys, using napkins, and putting our bowls in the sink. We engaged in fun sensory activities such as counting and exploring flowers, finding numbers and letters in a bin full of shredded paper, and we felt Earth’s different elements while out on the playground. The children learned about our weather and how the seasons change. We looked at spring and all that it has to offer. Our class learned how to identify different colors such as yellow, blue, gray, black, green, and brown. We reviewed the shapes rectangle, oval, circle, and diamond. The children are continuing to learn new sign words daily. This month we learned weather, trash, earth, and ocean. Music entailed lots of movement; the children had so much fun touching their toes, jumping over the snake (jump rope) and rolling around. Children used their creativity making cool crafts with recycled items and a giant earth with all their handprints. Celebrating the week of the young child was filled with fun things to wear each day like our favorite sports team shirt, crazy hair or hat day, super hero/princess day, and wearing our pajamas to school!
What a great month we have had! The month of May was full of excitement, fun, and learning experiences. Our themes for this month were: Mother’s Day, Rainforests, and South America. During these 5 long weeks we have continued working on Self Help: which includes practicing wiping their faces, wiping tables, pulling their pants up after diapering, drinking out of a cup, and wiping their noses. We were very surprised on how well our kiddos did all this month.
During this month our class had the opportunity to do five different sensory activities such as; water play, sand play, moon sand, shake and feel the rice and beans bottles and getting the feeling between rough and smooth. We keep practicing counting everyday; for which, we do our best to make it more interesting by having different items or flash cards such as flowers, monkeys, frogs, shells, and feathers.
During circle time we focus on learning the colors: Green, Red, Yellow, and Brown as well as these five different shapes: Triangle, Heart, Oval, Rectangle and Square. We go over different pictures so we can introduce our themes for the month and daily we practice our sign language which were “Mommy, Hello, Water, More, and Goodbye.”
In our toddler classroom we make sure to balance relaxed and active moments. Young children’s attention spans are shorter and their bodies just want to move. In addition to outside time, we make sure to provide music and movement activities. Our designated music and movement time is after snacks, or when we observe childrens desire to move. We have them walk like turtles, leap like frogs, we show them how to curl like a snake, and swing their arms and pretend to have an elephant trunk and stomp like one. They all love to walk holding hands and to give gentle hugs to friends. During music this month we focused on these particular songs: “I Love You Mommy” “Los Colores” and “Five Little Elephants”
For our young children, art is about the process of creating, not about how the finished artwork looks. We let them explore the materials, the tools, and the world around them. We keep them safe by supervising closely and encouraging them to put the art materials on the designated painting area, rather than misplacing them elsewhere. During this month they all have experience gluing, brush painting, rolling painting, and handprint.
During this month we also have our Toddlers try two different foods ; Churros (to celebrate Cinco de Mayo), and during waterplay, we had them taste lemon (their faces were just priceless)
Big Thanks to the parents who donated books to our class, our kids certainly have enjoyed them as much as you all expected. We also like to thank those parents who participated during National Teacher Appreciation Week, we were all very happy to feel the love from all of you with such amazing gifts.
June News: For the month of June, we will be exploring transportation and our state, California. The class will be learning about fire safety as well and we will be spending time continuing to work on our independent skills. We have a couple students transitioning to the Pre-Primary class this month and we will be welcoming new students to our class as well.
- Geography – California
- Father’s Day
- Start of Summer
- Fine/Gross Motor Activities
- Self-Help Skills
CLAP WITH ME
What to do: Around 6 to 8 months of age, your child will learn to clap. Encourage them with this rhyme:
Clap, clap, one, two, three
Clap, clap, clap with me.
Clap, clap, four and five.
Clap, clap, clap, bees in hive.
Clap, clap, six, seven, eight.
Clap, clap, clap, you are great.
Clap, clap, nine and ten.
Clap, clap, let’s do it again.
Skills learned: Imitation, rhyming
Toddler Activity: Fun Activities For Home
- Melting Ice with squeeze bottle of warm water. You can even freeze different small toys inside
- Car wash with toy cars
- Bubble Wrap Runway
- Thread macaroni to make a necklace. Make it colorfulwith food coloring
- Painting with different texture balls
- Use empty boxes to create anything… a car/train/plane or cut out tunnels for fun
- Sunscreen and Hats for outside
- Label all food and liquids with Name & Date
- Time to go through Extra Clothes Bins – Please make sure your child has enough clothes that are the right size for the warmer season. Mornings are still chilly so a sweater is a good idea.