March brought some days of sunshine, as well as days of exploring the outdoors with the toddlers being bundled less.
The change in seasons is sometimes hard for the toddlers as it causes a disruption in their routine, such as venturing outside with fewer layers or even not coat at all. Thankfully the toddlers also enjoy having this new found freedom of movement, and don’t take very long to transition into these Spring like temperatures.
Thank you to all of the families who brought in flowers and stickers during the month of March. These were greatly enjoyed by the toddlers of Celeste. The art easel has been full of wonderful stickers that the children are proud to say they brought to our classroom.
A few favorite works for the month of March were a ladybug matching work, a ball tracking/spinning work, and a new bee color matching/tonging work. The toddlers of Celeste also enjoyed using Kinethic sand to arrange flowers in small terra cotta pots. Lots of comments about their beautiful flower arrangements have been heard, and seen in the toddlers smiling faces.
April brings Spring Break and hopefully the chance for families to spend some quality time together. When we come back from break hopefully some warmer weather will move in for some outdoor works like scrubbing tables/chairs, going on bug hunts, and using chalk out on the sidewalk.
April also brings the Celebration of Earth day with a concert by Eric Ode, and a whole school Spring Concert. A wonderful time for the toddlers to share in the joy of our wonderful community and surroundings.
February was a wonderful month for the toddlers of Celeste! They got to experience some more snow, and had so much fun stomping in it and talking about how cold it was. They even tried to make some snowballs and roll them around the playground.
The month also brought a celebration of our friendship for one another that culminated in a friendship fruit salad for Valentine’s Day. The toddlers enjoyed peeling, cutting, stirring, scooping, and of course eating the fruit! The older toddlers were so patient with their younger friends and tried to help them with the fruit. This is one of the wonderful perks of having a Montessori mixed-aged classroom. The way in which the toddlers learn from one another is a highlight of our classroom.
February also showcased a few favorite works of most of the toddlers in Celeste. These included mixing primary colored water together, and seeing what new colors they could create. The work also had several steps to it, so the older toddlers were able to follow many multiple step directions to complete the work in its entirety. A few other new works that were enjoyed were peeling and cutting bananas, squeezing sponges, using dot markers, and hammering nails.
March will hopefully bring some sunshine our way, but if not the toddlers will continue to appreciate the rain and the wonderful puddles it brings. The emergence of early Spring signs will be a focus for the toddlers of Celeste during the month of March. This means teaching the toddlers to look for budding flowers, a change in temperatures, as well as birds and insects that will start to buzz around. We will soon do another sign-up for fresh flowers, as well as a sticker sign-up. It’s always a wonderful thing to see the toddlers working on flower arranging in our classroom.
El Salon Celeste Lead Teacher