Toddler

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Care of the environment! In our toddler community children learn to care for their environment by practicing real life skills. Children clean, water the plants, fold towels and help clear the table. We learn by doing! Other work this week has been finger painting to learn about mixing colors, and painting at the easel!
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Art! Every day our toddlers engage in art projects that are meaningful and creative! Through art children learn colors, explore their own creativity and sharpen fine motor skills, just to name a few. We are learning how to use the glue, how to respect materials and learning that art has many forms and materials. Thelma...
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Happy New Year and welcome back to school! Our toddlers are busy with many works that are  helping strengthen their fine motor skills . The new year started out learning about how to care for Thelma and Louise (guinea pigs) , learning what they should and shouldn’t eat and how to be gentle and kind...
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The sensorial materials! What does that even mean? The sensorial materials are specific materials that are used in a Montessori classroom to help develop and refine the five senses! In one of these pictures Amzie is working to carefully stack the knob less cylinders and Walter works on stacking the Pink Tower! Sensorial materials such...
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Practical life work in the Montessori toddler classroom is real work! Children engage in scrubbing work, table washing, watering plants and actual care jobs within the toddler community; and guess what , they love it! Sponge squeezing has been very popular this week. The sponge squeezing work helps strengthen the child’s muscles in their fingers...
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So much fun this week going outside and playing in the snow! Toddlers enjoyed making snow angels , digging in the snow and making foot print paths in the snow! Studies show that there are many benefits of outside play such as promoting social skills like turn taking, fosters imaginative play, reduces stress ( even...
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Every teacher hopes for a joyful classroom! We strive every day to provide a prepared Montessori environment that is joyful and meaningful to the students. Just look at the joy on their faces! These children get excited to do practical life work such as  scrubbing, pouring and dusting! Next week we will make pumpkin muffins...
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This week the children seemed very interested in drawing and designing their own art on blank paper! Children each have a box of individual writing and drawing materials that they can create with. Drawing and coloring are pre writing and reading practice. Our toddlers are given opportunities to hold the pencils, crayons and markers so...
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The beautiful pink tower! The pink tower is one of our favorite sensorial materials! Children learn the language of “cube”, big, little and discriminating differences in dimension. The aim of the pink tower is to refine a child’s visual sense of dimension and voluntary movement. The pink tower is scientifically designed to enable children to...
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Fall has been such a fun time of the year for the toddlers! Toddlers are curious about the changes in the weather and the changes in the garden. We have had opportunities to explore pumpkins, gourdes, sunflowers and many different varieties of leaves. Our Halloween party was fun too! Children made paper ghosts, played a pumpkin...
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