We enjoyed the last few weeks of summer before welcoming fall and all that the season brings us in the Pacific Northwest. So many of our friends found new ways to move around the room! They have really enjoyed this new freedom to explore the world around them and all of the different works in the room. Circle time allows our friends more ways to move their bodies as well. A favorite song towards the end of the month was "Jumping Froggies". It not only incorporates music and movement, but a little sign language as well. So if you see your child tapping a finger or two up and down on the palm of their hand, they are trying to tell you they would like to jump.
We recently received some new sparkle sticks and our friends have enjoyed using them in a put and take work over and over again. It is such a delight to see the joy on their faces when they complete this work from start to finish. Object permanence works have also been a big hit in Ambarino! Temporarily hiding something and then finding it again is something we find ourselves doing a lot during the day. This can be seen regularly with games of peek-a-boo and the "uh oh" game when a work is dropped off the changing table and then located to repeat this activity over and over. Knowing a lost item/object can be found over and over again is a delight for everyone, from to our youngest to our oldest friends. Our object permanence box and ball tracker and great examples of this.
At the end of the month, we spent a few hours at Ferrel McWhirter park enjoying the cool fall weather. As always, the animals were entertaining and it was wonderful to enjoy the company of the infant toddler community members who joined us.
In October we will be talking about orange pumpkins, reading lots of fall themed books, and looking at and talking about fall leaves that we see outside the classroom. We will have a visit from the local fire department and to prepare for this, we will learn a fire truck song, look at books about firetrucks and get a chance to work with some fire fighter works.
Enjoy the cooler weather when we still have some rain free days before fall weather really settles in!
El Salon Ambarino Lead Teacher