Welcome back! After a holiday break, it is exciting to see how happy the children are to be back with the teachers, their friends, and their “work”- some old favorites and some new. Children thrive on routine. It makes them feel secure when they know what comes next and what is expected of them. There is always a settled feeling in January, children are returning to a familiar, comfortable environment.
All new practical life work (hand transfer, pouring, spooning and tonging) is more challenging as the children’s skills become more refined. We are using smaller beads to spoon and pour, smaller items to tong (with smaller tongs) and are introducing water transferring. Baby washing has a crowd of children washing or watching the washing. This “life size” baby has been washed thoroughly and gently!
In the art area, necklace making has taken the place of bracelet making. It takes a lot of concentration and coordination to string straws and shapes to make a necklace. The children are doing a wonderful job and they are so proud of their work! Next week the children will begin using a small container of paste and a small brush, and will be busy pasting a circle, square and triangle onto a piece of paper with the same shapes. This requires the children to gather all of the necessary materials at the table before beginning: a mat, a tray with paste, a picture of the shapes, and the three shapes. After spreading paste on the shape, the children turn it over and apply it to the paper on the corresponding shape (a tricky step). They are not only strengthening their wrist muscles and eye hand coordination but becoming aware of the quantity of three and the names and colors of the shapes.
The children will soon begin working on our item for the dinner auction. We know you will be excited to see what it is. We would like to encourage all of our families to attend the MARCH MADNESS dinner auction on Saturday, March 8, at the 5/3 Center at One Seagate, in downtown Toledo. This is a great way to meet other West Side families and win great gifts, while supporting a great cause, WEST SIDE!
We encourage you to join us on Sunday, January 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m. , for our Open House. This is a great opportunity for you to visit your child’s next level and to see all of the wonderful work the children do at school.
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