The class was busy with lessons, stories, songs and art this week. All children continued with lessons from the five areas of the classroom.
Of course, Practical Life is always a popular area because the activities provide real life experiences for the children. For example, many of the children enjoy opening and closing of the locks and keys.
In the Sensorial Area children learn about shapes from the Geometry Cabinet. Maria Montessori believed the hand was the direct link to the mind. The child uses his fingers to trace the edge of each shape, and thus, is able to truly understand what it is. Later, the child will match the shapes to cards and learn the names of the shapes. You may hear your child saying “octagon”, which is a polygon with eight sides. Take a look at a STOP sign next time you are out for a walk with your child, and count the eight sides.
The class worked with eggs this week as Easter approached. The children counted coloured and experimented with eggs. We experimented with eggs and observed eggs floating in saltwater and eggshells soften in vinegar water.
We are on the look out for signs of Spring! Let’s hope April brings us some warmer weather.
Hello Toddler Families!
As the days and months of our school year quickly pass, I am amazed how much your children have grown and developed since September. I am observing so many great things in the toddler classroom – language development, concentration, fine and gross motor development.
We are so excited about the addition of the indoor slide to our classroom! The children were so excited to see this new equipment in the class. The slide provides a great opportunity for movement, development of gross motor muscles and social skills. I always remind myself of the effort it takes for young children to co-ordinate their muscles and movements – the indoor slide promotes this. It is wonderful to see and hear the children waiting their turn at the bottom of the slide.
As the winter weather is still upon us, please continue to send appropriate outdoor clothing. Waterproof mittens are preferred, if possible! There are days when we decide to stay indoors, however it is always better to be prepared. The children have been enjoying all the snow! They like to climb up and slide down all the “big mountains” of snow.
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter! I leave you with this quote from Maria Montessori ( “The Secret of Childhood”)
“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”
Welcome back after the March Break! Our class welcomed Spring this week, however the weather still feels very much like Winter. We will look for signs of Spring over the next few months.
The children will study Africa through stories, songs, art, maps, and cooking. This week they enjoyed an African recipe made from baked bananas. The children cut bananas and poured over a mixture of butter and brown sugar. The bananas were heated in the oven and eaten for snack the next day.
Our class visited the library on Wednesday. We found some wonderful Spring books and African animal books. Thanks to Amber for reading some interesting stories to our class.
You may hear your child talking about Amphibians. We learned that these animals are cold blooded and live on both land and water. We’ll continue our Amphibian study over the next few weeks. It’s great to learn about frogs and salamanders as Spring awakens and these creatures become active.
Thanks for all of your support with our Montessori program!