March brought some wonderful sunny days for the toddlers to get outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun! We had plenty of rain as well, so puddle jumping and mud stomping continued to be a favorite on the playground. The toddlers enjoyed celebrating the first day of Spring by arranging bouquets of flowers to decorate the classroom. The toddlers filled a pitcher up of water, poured the water into funnels, and gently arranged the flowers into beautiful vases.
The first week of April is Spring break here at MCH. A wonderful time to get some family time in! As we come back from break we will continue to work on practical life skills. The toddlers will have the opportunity to scrub tables and chairs and wash windows outside. Being outside and completing these activities can further build concentration. When we return from break we will also begin working on some food prep work. The toddlers will work on slicing bananas, spreading jam on crackers, and using a small grinder to grind up food.
The toddlers enjoyed making their friendship fruit salad last month! They enjoyed chopping, peeling and mixing the fruit. It was wonderful to see the older toddlers so proud of their finished product. We also spent time talking about being gentle with our friends, animals, and the environment. February also brought several days of snow! The toddlers enjoyed using the sand toys to scoop, rake and build with the snow on the playground.
In March, we will focus on Spring and the changes in our environment. Hopefully, we will begin to see some signs of spring soon! The toddlers love taking walks to see the new flowers, insects and birds around our amazing campus. We will also bring some "Spring" into our classroom by bringing in the flower arranging work again. This is always a favorite activity in the toddler class. We will also bring in new spring themed items for our sensory tub, spring stickers, and a flower matching work.
Our new light table came at the end of January. This has been a favorite work this month! The toddlers have enjoyed working together to sort colored discs and shapes on top of the light table. In January, the toddlers also spent time working on identifying the difference between small, medium and large objects. Blocks, copper cups and shells were brought in to help the children understand these differences in size.
In February, we will be celebrating Valentines Day the toddler way! The toddlers will be making a Friendship fruit salad. They will be busy chopping, peeling, and mixing fruit to serve each other a wonderful fruit salad. There will be several different Valentine themed works available in the classroom this month. The toddlers will be working on heart matching, peeling heart shaped stickers and pouring pink water into vases. This month we will also be focusing on friendships and respecting each other and their spaces.
December was such a busy and short month with the holiday vacation. The toddlers enjoyed making special holiday frames for their families. They enjoyed using the glue and glitter to make hand print pictures. Some of the toddlers enjoyed the sticky feeling of the glue on their hands while others were quick to wash it off! The cold weather brought many opportunities for the toddlers to work on practical life skills such as putting on multiple layers and gloves!
We will be getting a few new friends in Fucsia this month. This is always such an exciting time for toddlers! This is a great time for toddlers to work on language skills, as they learn the names of their new friends. The older toddlers are working on building confidence as they show the new children around the classroom. We will be adding a light table to our classroom, some new gluing works as well as working on concepts of small, medium and large.
November was a wonderful month in the Fucsia class! It has been such a joy watching the older toddlers help the new children with our daily routines. Our main focus this month was grace and courtesy. The children were busy helping each other set the tables for lunch, making and setting out nap mats and even enjoyed serving each other water.
New sensory experiences were another November highlight. Our sensory table was filled with oatmeal, cinnamon sticks, measuring cups and pie tins. The children loved smelling the cinnamon, scooping and pouring the oatmeal to make pies. We also introduced a matching sound work, which has delighted the children. They love shaking the boxes and then looking to see if they have the same amount of objects inside.
December brought some snow flurries and cold weather! The toddlers have been working hard on getting themselves dressed for this weather! It has been such a joy watching them get ready to go and seeing how proud they are to accomplish this task on their own. We also started the month of December off with making a special gift for the toddlers to take home to their families. They are working with glue and glitter!
Fucsia toddlers really enjoyed the month of October! They were very busy with all of the new Fall works. The toddlers enjoyed the visit from the firemen! What a great opportunity for them to meet the firemen and see all of their equipment. The weather in October gave us plenty of opportunities to work on bundling up! We enjoyed the beautiful crisp mornings outside, as well as our time spent looking at all the different colors and shapes of the leaves on the ground. Raking the leaves into a big pile and jumping into them was a favorite playground activity! Inside our classroom we have all adjusted to our daily routines, and lots of smiles and laughter can be seen.
As we welcome November; we will be focusing on grace and courtesy. We will be talking about feelings, respecting others and their space, and respecting our classroom and works. Our classroom looks beautiful with all of the flower arrangements! Filling vases, cutting flowers and making arrangements have been a favorite work in the morning. Thank you to all of the families that have brought in bouquets.
September was a busy month in Fucsia! We welcomed several new friends into our classroom, and spent time getting to know them. This month also brought lots of focus on learning the routine and schedule of our class as well as working on practical life skills needed for all transitions throughout the day. It was wonderful to see some of our older toddlers helping their new friends.
As we move into October we are beginning to focus on the change in the weather. This cold weather has given us plenty of opportunities to practice bundling up before we head outside to watch the leaves fall and wind blow. We have been painting with the color orange, using a paint brush and glue to glue leaves and pumpkins onto paper and transferring bats from one container to another with tongs. Later this month we will open up one of our pumpkins giving us the opportunity to scoop, smell, and feel the gooey insides.
When the toddlers came back from Spring break they were busy scrubbing tables and chairs, washing windows and they even enjoyed washing the bikes outside! The toddlers gained an increase in self help skills and pride in completing these tasks. The all school Earth Day celebration was a wonderful event that the toddlers participated in. They enjoyed listening, dancing and singing songs with Eric Ode!
We started off the month of May with an art project for the toddlers to show their Mothers just how much they love them! In May, we will continue to focus on the environment and its changes. The toddlers will spend time on the Nature trail looking at all the changes and new growth. In the classroom we will be working on matching, labeling and sorting colors, and manipulating more advanced puzzles.
The toddlers enjoyed the wonderful sunshine in March! Our walks to the nature trail were definitely a favorite activity. The toddlers explored the trail, climbed the hills, and enjoyed all of the sites and smells that Springtime brings.
As we come back from Spring Break and head into April we will be focusing on self-help skills, as we have several toddlers toilet learning. This is always such an exciting time! The older toddlers continue to be great role models and the younger toddlers are so excited about gaining more independence. We will continue with our Springtime cleaning in the classroom. The toddlers will be busy scrubbing tables, window washing and dusting the shelves to help keep our environment beautiful. The toddlers take great pride in helping with these tasks.
The toddlers had a wonderful time in February celebrating Valentine's Day. They enjoyed peeling oranges and bananas, picking grapes off the vine as well as chopping and mixing up the fruit for our fruit salad! Thank you to all of the families that sent in fruit!
In March, we will focus on Spring and the changes in our environment. The toddlers have enjoyed our walks around campus looking for the beautiful signs of Spring! Inside the classroom we have been enjoying some Springtime works such as, flower arranging, sorting different colors of flowers, working with Spring themed stickers, and reading books about the new season.