During the month of November, we were also blessed with several new works from our classroom wish list. Thank you to all the generous parents who have added some great new works into our room. Some of these works included counting spots on ladybugs, sorting colored magnetic pieces, a barnyard animal counting/sorting work, as well as a shape puzzle. All of these wonderful new additions aid in continuing to keep the love of learning alive for these toddlers. Thank you again!
A highlight of November included listening to Margaret Read McDonald share some of her stories with all of the toddlers. We gathered in our classroom and listened as she shared some stories about picking peas, a hungry cat, and animals that were big and small. The toddlers loved her animated voices, and the colorful pictures in her books.
December is often one of those months that passes so fast, as everyone gets ready for the holiday season. It’s also a wonderful time to let the toddlers create a unique gift that they get to take home and share with their families. They often walk around talking about what they made, and are so proud of the work they put into it. This year the toddlers are getting the chance to pick their own colors and shapes, as they create a wonderful gift.
The month of December also usually brings to light the effectiveness of Montessori’s mixed age groups. Now that we have been in school for awhile and the children are all settled into their routines we really get the chance to see many of the older toddler’s starting to embrace this role, and beginning to help the younger children in our classroom. The toddlers will be given the opportunity to do this in the shoe room, as they work in the classroom, as well as during our play outside.
The end of the month brings Winter Break, and a wonderful time spent with family. I just want to wish everyone a Happy Holidays!