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.”