The toddlers of Celeste have greatly enjoyed getting to celebrate Fall during the month of October.
The month brought the chance for the toddlers to explore pumpkins in many different fashions. This included painting them, hammering golf tees into them, feeling the textures both inside and out, as well as carving a Jack-O-Lantern out of a large pumpkin.
Thank you to all of the parents who made these activities possible with the classroom donations of pumpkins and gourds. October also brought colder temperatures and the opportunity for the children to work on the self-help skills of bundling up to go outside. October also wouldn't feel complete without the Annual HarvestFest in which many toddlers could be seen wearing their costumes as they collected prizes and goodies at the different activities. It's always a special treat to get to spend this time as a community celebrating with one another. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event!
In November, the toddlers of Celeste will continue their work with new sensory materials to explore, as well as more flower arranging. The work of arranging flowers is such a special task, as it affords the toddler's the chance to contribute something beautiful to our classroom setting. There's nothing like seeing their face as they pour the water into the funnel, put their flowers in the vase, and then get to choose a special spot for their flowers on a shelf. Lots of language happens about the colors and smells that the flowers bring to Celeste.
November is also a time that we like to take the chance and focus on some Grace and Courtesy skills. For toddlers this means making these concepts more concrete for them and giving them the chance to serve snack to one another, help set tables for their friend's lunches, and using language that is peaceful and calm with one another. These are all skills that can also be worked on at home, and help to bridge home and school together.
A few more events for the month of November will be having a story teller come for a visit, as well as a parent education night to help explain the basics of Montessori and give parents the chance to discuss questions they may have.
The start of the school year has been great, and started off with a wonderful BBQ and concert with our MCH community.
We’ve only had a few new students join our classroom this September, as we have had many returning children and friends who started this summer.
It’s wonderful to see how caring and kind the toddlers have been to each other, as they have helped our new friends get settled into the classroom and routine.
This month often brings a focus on self-help skills with the toddlers learning to dress and undress themselves, as well as helping get themselves ready in the shoe room.
A few new works that really held the toddler’s interest included tracking balls down a circular ramp, wrapping shapes in tinfoil, and identifying different types of tools by their names.
The month concluded with a community park gathering at Farrel McWhirter where the infant and toddler families got to see many farm animals, and run around in some unexpected sunshine!
The month of October is starting off with a visit from the Redmond firefighters and their trucks! The toddlers love this opportunity to see the trucks up close, and get to hear the firefighters talk about some fire safety issues.
October also brings a wonderful change in the temperatures and sights on the playground with bright Fall colors. The children love picking up the leaves and talking about the colors. In the classroom some Fall works will adorn the shelves. These include sorting different colored acorns, counting pumpkins, and a basket of Fall socks to practice putting on.
Parents will also start to bring in bouquets of flowers for arranging and putting around the classroom. These are beautiful additions into our environment. The month will end our Harvest Festival celebration where the entire school comes together to play games and visit with each other.
El Salon Celeste Lead Teacher