Pearl Classroom News
Pearl Room is a Little House classroom for ages 2-3 year olds on the Perrysburg Campus. Dawn Ballard and Jean Miller are the classroom’s co-teachers.
Welcome to the Pearl Room!
Posted by Pearl
Welcome to all the parents and children of the Pearl Room! Our year is getting off to a busy start as the students are all beginning to settle in and explore the classroom. Tears are common at first, but will become less as the weeks pass and children feel more comfortable with their surroundings and with the routine of the morning.
Many are interested in what another child chooses and we are beginning to hear them use their words, “my work”. Some children understand and some are not quite sure what that means. We are encouraging words instead of grabbing the work from another child. We gently try to re-direct the child who may not have grasped the concept that the other child would like to do this work alone.
We are also working on trying to help them learn the work cycle of choosing work and then putting it away when they are finished. They are catching on very quickly and some don’t have to be reminded.
Potty time has already been a big part of our day as many of the children are either in the process of training or very interested in the toilet. We would like to suggest “child friendly” clothing, making it easier for them to pull up or down themselves. We encourage each child to do all he/she can by himself/herself and thus, take another step toward independence.
Snack time is off to a great start. We begin by having each child wash his hands and then get a place mat. The children put their hands in their laps and wait patiently for the napkin basket to be passed around. When everyone is seated and ready, we begin by singing our community song. The words are as follows: Look around and you will see (hands shade eyes) Community (arms wide open), a family (arms cross chest). We are brothers, sisters too (arms open slowly).
After singing our song, we go around and ask if each child would like water to drink. They are doing amazing at using their eyes and pouring very carefully with the spout. Very soon the children will be passing snack bowls around and serving themselves.
The children are getting familiar with circle time and are encouraged to sit. You may be hearing some old favorites or even some new songs coming home with your little one. Along with songs, stories are read. This is a fun way to start to prepare your child for lesson learning at the Children’s House level.
We look forward to a very exciting year with you and your child.
- Dawn and Jean
First Thursday Topics Set for 2014-15
Posted by Sue Wagner
Learn more about Little House and Children’s House through West Side Montessori’s First Thursday event. It is a monthly parent education program that discusses a different topic each month. Plan to attend one or more of the following 2014-15 dates:
Montessori 101 with Head of School Lynn Fisher
Beyond the Continent Song:
Understanding Montessori’s Approach to Geography
Toy Shopping Tips:
Pick the Perfect Toys for Your Child
Handwriting Without Tears
No First Thursday
Tears and Tantrums
Unchildproof Your Home
Ask a Teacher
Answers to Your Toddler Conundrums
Posted by West Side Montessori