The month of May seemed to fly by and we are almost into the summer season! The toddlers enjoyed several trips to the nature trail to explore and visit the goats. We had our semiannual toddler park day at Farrel-McWhirter Farm. This community event is always a favorite! The toddlers enjoyed running through the fields, exploring in the barn and watching the animals.
It’s hard to believe June is already here! This month is sure to be an exciting one for the toddler community with the opening of the new playground. Although, we have enjoyed watching the construction of the new play area we are so excited for its completion. We will have a special ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of this amazing new play area.
Inside the classroom we have started working on a special gift to bring home to celebrate Father’s Day. The toddlers have been busy measuring, mixing and pouring!
Starting July 2nd through the end of August, the toddlers will be able to participate in the MCH summer camps in their own unique way through themes each week to engage them in both art, cooking, and outdoor activities. Summer time at MCH is always a busy and exciting time!
The month of April was a short but busy month in Rosa!
The toddlers returned from Spring break and continued right back into their classroom routines. We welcomed several new friends in April. They all settled in wonderfully!
The weather in April allowed for some walks around campus in the sunshine. The toddlers loved looking for bugs and new flowers during these walks. Inside the classroom a few favorite works were using tongs to move plastic bugs in a patch of turf, planting silk flowers in clay pots using kinetic sand, and sorting small wooden ladybugs by size.
We ended the month of April with an Earth Day Celebration and concert with Eric Ode!
We will start the month of May off with our semiannual Infant/Toddler Park Day. We will be heading to Ferrel McWhirter Park to visit, walk the trails, and see all the animals. This is always such a fun event!
Inside in the classroom we will be bringing in some new works for the toddlers to explore. These works include baskets of items to help distinguish sizes, sand paper letters for sounding out, and hands on materials to help understand the concept of one versus two.
We will also be working on a special gift to bring home to celebrate Mother's Day. The toddlers will have the chance to create something special using paint, glitter and glue! Of course we are hoping for some more sunshine in May. We can't wait to get the toddlers back to the Nature Trail!
This year February brought several days of snow! The snow falling is always such an exciting experience for the toddlers. They enjoyed stomping in it, using the new sand toys to scoop, rake and fill up the pans with snow.
February was a fun time of celebrating friendships. The friendship fruit salad was a big success, and the children of Rosa really enjoyed bringing in a variety of fruits. The children enjoyed chopping and peeling the fruit, and helping each other serve the fruit salad. It was wonderful to see how proud the older toddlers were when they finished all their work and were ready to eat!
March brings a focus on Spring and the change in weather to warmer temperatures. Our walks around the school will consist of looking for the changes in the environment such as; blooming flowers, as well as listening to the sounds of birds chirping.
In the classroom we will work on coloring flowers, working with flower stickers, sifting bright yellow sand to find small bunnies and flowers, and scooping and pouring birdseed in the sensory table. We will be bringing flower arranging back into the classroom. This is always a favorite work with the toddlers. Thank you to all of the families that have signed up to bring flowers!
January was a wonderful month in Rosa! We welcomed several new friends into our classroom. The older toddlers enjoyed showing their new friends around both the classroom and the playground.
The toddlers were busy working with some new winter themed materials for counting, sorting, and language. A couple favorite works in January we’re counting snowflake “gems”, and sorting pearls into small, medium and large sizes.
The end of January we celebrated the opening of the sandbox on the toddler playground. The toddlers were so excited to climb in and start digging! We have filled the sandbox with pots and pans, ladles, muffin tins, and cake molds. They have been busy cooking everything from “mud pies” to muffins.
In a February the toddlers will celebrate Valentine’s Day the toddler way. We will be making a special fruit salad to share. The toddlers will be busy chopping, peeling, stirring and serving each other a delicious fruit salad.
A few new works will also be brought into the classroom that revolve around the Valentine’s Day theme such as; sifting sand with a slotted spoon to find hearts, pink glitter play-doh with heart shaped cookie cutters, heart shaped hor’dourve sticks to place in containers and glitter and glue to decorate foam hearts.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break with their family and friends!
In December the toddlers enjoyed working on their special winter gifts for their families. They were excited to bring them home! During December they enjoyed using glitter and glue to decorate snowflakes, filling cookie cutters with beads to make ornaments, and reading books about Winter.
The month of January always brings new faces to the toddler program. This is such an exciting time for the toddlers as they meet new friends and help them learn the routine of the day.
This month we will be focusing on math. The toddlers will be working on counting, telling the difference between the quantity of one and two, and distinguishing the difference between small, medium and large. We will continue to work on gaining independence in our toddler self-help skills.
In November, the toddlers spent time working on grace and courtesy. We talked about respecting ourselves as well as our friends and the environment. It has been wonderful to see them setting the tables, respecting their friends works and even helping each other get ready for transitions.
The month of December always seems to fly by! The toddlers in Rosa will start the month off by making a special gift to bring home to their families. This year they will be using pony beads, cookie cutters and a bunch of creativity to make their special gift.
We will also focus on the seasonal change from fall to winter, and how the days get colder and darker. At the end of the month Winter break will begin, and I want to wish everyone a wonderful time with family and friends!
The weather in October gave us plenty of opportunities to work on bundling up! The toddlers have been working hard at getting themselves ready to go outside. They have enjoyed our morning walks and looking at all the signs of fall on the campus. Searching for the biggest leaves on the playground was a favorite outside activity!
Our classroom looks beautiful with all of the flower arrangements! The toddlers enjoyed working on the their pouring skills, learning to use a funnel, and creating their own beautiful arrangements.
Inside the classroom they have been busy sorting gourds, scooping and pouring fall themed items, and hammering golf tees into the large pumpkins.
In November, we will focus on grace and courtesy. We will spend time talking about respecting ourselves as well as our friends and the environment. We will continue to talk about the cold weather and the change in the outside temperature.
Thank you to all of the families that have brought in items for the sensory table, pumpkins and flowers!
September was a month of welcoming new friends into our classroom, as well as saying goodbye to friends transitioning to early childhood classrooms. It has been wonderful getting to know our new friends!
The change in weather from sunshine to rainy days brought many opportunities for the toddlers to work on their self-help skills. Specifically with the changing of shoes and coats to boots and raincoats.
It was great to see all the families at Ferrel McWhirter Park for our first toddler community event! The toddlers enjoyed exploring and seeing the animals with their classmates.
As we move into October we will be spending time talking about the change in weather, change of our outdoor environment, and the need for winter clothes.
We will also focus on some harvest time activities that include feeling and sorting different types of pumpkins and gourds, painting pumpkins, pumpkin scrubbing and even opening up one of our pumpkins during circle.
The toddlers love scooping, smelling and feeling the gooey insides! October also brings some exciting events to our toddler community. We will have a visit from local firemen, a story teller, as well as a school wide Harvest Festival! This festival is another great opportunity for our community to get together.
We have learned so much about Hawaii and the Ocean over the month of May! The children learned a few new Hawaiian words, practiced dancing hula, made leis, and sang Hawaiian themed songs. As always, our theme was carried out through the classroom including in our books, puzzles, art shelf supplies, and practical life works.
One of our most popular songs during circle time was “Coconut Soap” by Frank Leto. This was one of Ms. Jamey’s favorite songs while growing up in Hawaii. This song helps the toddlers learn different parts of their bodies while pretending to wash with coconut soap. During circle time we also learned a few words such as aloha (hello, goodbye, I love you), mahalo (thank you), maka (eyes), and piko (belly button).
The toddlers enjoyed using our water table and the shell washing work. This month in our water table we had pretend fish with different fishing nets and containers allowing them to “catch” the fish. The shell washing work included many steps and was a big work on our practical life shelf. The toddlers practiced scrubbing the shell with water and a sponge, wiped the shell dry with a small towel, and then folded the towel to put back on their tray. We hope you enjoyed the video on Bloomz of a child using this work!
We had various language matching work including shell matching and sea animal matching. The children matched a real shell to a picture of a shell and matched small sea animals together. We had an ocean book on our shelf with matching animals to each page as well. These works allowed us to practice the names of the different animals and what sounds some of them made.
Over the month of June we will be learning about insects, enjoy time outside, and introduce bigger works into our classroom. One of the big works we will have is a knobbed cylinder. This work is used in the Early Childhood classroom and has so many direct and indirect learning purposes! It will help the toddlers learn visual discrimination of dimensions, prepare for math and writing, and develop their small motor skills. We can’t wait for all of our fun activities and themes during summer camp starting in July!
What a beautiful spring-filled April we have had! The toddlers didn’t seem to believe us when they didn’t have to wear a coat or were allowed to wear their coats without being zipped up while it was actually sunny out. It can be hard for toddlers to transition to spring and understand why our routine is changing. In the classroom, we had many spring and farm themed works. The toddlers also had the opportunity to visit the chickens and help feed them while out on the playground.
The barn and farm animals were well-used works in the classroom this month. We talked about many of the noises the animals made and what the baby animals were called. The farm puzzles and books were also very enticing. We incorporated eggs into our spring and farm theme this month as well. We had a work with colored plastic Easter eggs and matching colored pom-poms. The children could match the colors and practice opening and closing the eggs. We also had a few decorative eggs with strings attached. These eggs were used to hang on a small tree. This work is so fun for the toddlers and they don’t even realize how much coordination and fine motor control they are using to do it!
Our art shelf was another big hit this month. The children enjoyed coloring with crayons and colored pencils, using the Dot-a-dot paint markers, cutting with scissors, and using play dough. We provided plain paper, paper with pictures of flowers, and paper with pictures of decorated eggs for the toddlers to choose from. They enjoyed being able to make their own choice in materials and the process of creating art!
In May we will be learning about Hawaii and the ocean, a few of Ms. Jamey’s favorite topics! In Hawaii, May day is celebrated with leis, hula dancing, and parades. The Rosa class will get a glimpse into this celebration. The children will have the opportunity to make fabric flower leis and dance hula. We will have a lot of ocean themed work and books in our classroom as well.