Toledo Kindergarten Enrichment
Kindergarten Enrichment is part of the Children’s House program on the Toledo Campus. Amy Lawrence and Amy Wagner are the program’s co-teachers.
Raising Raisins Experiment
Posted by Poplar
We changed gears this week and placed our scientist hats on. As the children arrived in the classroom, before them sat a vase of blue water, (half full), a cup with baking soda in it, raisins, and a bottle of vinegar. What are we doing??? As we continued…the oooh’s and ahhh’s began. The children were split into 5 small groups where one kindergartner led the experiment with written directions. Following each experiment, the children drew what they saw and journaled about their observation. The directions for the experiment are here for you to try at home…
A pint glass
Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)
Fill the glass half full with warm water
Add a drop of food coloring to tint the water. (This has no scientific bearing on the experiment other than I like things to look pretty!)
Add two heaped teaspoons of Bicarbonate of Soda.
Add a few raisins
Put the glass in a tray (just in case is overflows!)
Top of with white vinegar (I would pour slowly if I were you…)
Watch the effect
You should see the raisins begin to rise and fall
The science bit…
The vinegar and bicarbonate of soda reacted to form carbon dioxide as one of the products. The carbon dioxide bubbles collect over the many surfaces of the raisin. Because carbon dioxide is lighter than water it rises to the top and takes the raisin with it. As the bubbles pop at the surface the raisin descends, only to be covered in bubbles gain at the bottom until the reaction finishes.
Posted by Maple
The kindergarten children have recently been studying about the artist Paul Cezanne. He was born in 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, which is located in the south of France. He was very interested in becoming an artist, but his father very much wanted him to become a lawyer. His father, however, had a lot of money and gave some to Paul to go to Paris and become a painter. Paul wanted to try different ways of painting. He enjoyed patterns of color and shape. Paul spent the last 28 years of his life in isolation painting. Some of his later works included still life paintings, figures, and landscapes. He used the colors yellow, orange, red, green, and blue to add brightness to his work.
For our first art project, the children practiced using watercolors to complete a still life painting. A green plate with an orange, banana, apple, and grapes was placed on a table where the children could see it. They then observed the plate of fruit and painted what they saw, trying to replicate as many details as they could. It was interesting to see what each child observed such as the size and shape of the fruit. Some children that were close up painted it larger than those who were further away. Some were quick to complete the painting, while others took a great deal of time.
Our second art project involved a painting by Paul Cezanne titled The Blue Vase. It was painted between 1883 and 1887 when he was in his late 40′s. It was a still life of a blue vase with flowers inside of it. A few oranges are placed to the side of the vase and a plate behind it as well. In order to look deeper into the meaning of this painting, the children were asked questions, such as what room in the house did they think this painting was done (Many children’s response was the kitchen.). They were asked where they thought Paul got the flowers (Some thought he grew them in a garden in his yard since he lived in isolation.) We also talked about the colors used, the placement of items in the front, middle, and back of the painting, and what they thought was the most important object in the painting (to which many responded the blue vase). The children cut out their own blue vase and flowers and added details to the picture that made it similar to Paul Cezanne’s.
Posted by Maple
Fire Safety is an important topic anytime of the year. The kindergarteners knew a lot of fire safety tips already, however, a visit from a Springfield Firefighter only enhanced their knowledge. Everyone was attentive and wanted to participate in the discussion with Firefighter Dave. He asked what the children knew about fire safety,and tips such as never playing with matches and calling 9-1-1 only in an emergency were the first shared. Next, we talked about where the children’s special meeting place with their family is in case of a fire. Answers included going to a next door neighbor’s house and meeting at the big tree two houses down. It was emphasized that once you are out of the house, you should stay out of the house. Do not go back in for anything. Toys can be replaced, but people cannot. Firefighter Dave also told us a new component was added in case your clothes ever caught on fire and you are trying to put it out. The old technique was to stop, drop, and roll. The new component added is to cover your face. The newest technique is to stop,drop, roll, and cover your face. Finally, Firefighter Dave put on all his gear to show us and told us why each piece of clothing and equipment is important to keep him safe while fighting fires. He told the kids not to be afraid of firefighters or hide from them. They are only there to help. To conclude his presentation, the children were able to ask any questions they had about fire safety.
Nurturing a Peaceful Child
Posted by West Side Montessori
Picture a peaceful nine-year-old child, kind and giving, passionate and joyful, and mostly in control of his or her emotions. Is this some alien species? Or is it possible to nurture peaceful children in our highly competitive, cynical and polarized society?
Research tells us that educating the emotions, teaching self-control, has a wider impact than preventing violence. Look at the widespread anti-bullying programs in place across our country today. And yet, mean spirited, demeaning behavior persists in elementary schools and beyond.
Surround your child with a caring community of adults who model emotional competence. Gently but firmly set the boundaries for your child’s behavior to provide both physical and emotional security. When you lose your temper with your child out of frustration or exhaustion, apologize. Explain your feelings and actions to help your children recognize and accept their own mistakes, to understand that no one is perfect, no one is superior.
Stop calling your children good or bad. A child labeled good is only good in relation to someone else’s being bad. Labeling encourages children to invest in keeping others bad to ensure superiority.It perpetuates a cycle of judgment and blame and discourages cooperation.
Build your child’s self-confidence and empathy by supporting them in moments of personal crisis and demonstrating that helping others is as important as superior grades or winning the game. Each step you demonstrate toward cooperation and compassion is a step toward developing a peaceful child.
First Thursday | Come Experience Montessori
Seeds of Peace
Thursday, March 6, 8:45-9:30 a.m.
Toledo and Perrysburg Campuses
Join us for a lively discussion led by Montessori-certified teachers on planting the seeds of peace within our children at school and at home. Each month features a new topic geared for the parents of children ages 3 through Kindergarten. Free and open to the public.
Dental Health Month
Posted by Maple
February is Dental Health month. It is a time to raise awareness about the importance of good dental care and oral health. We focus on this topic in February, but it is important to think about each and every day. A dental hygienist from Sylvania Pediatric Dental Care came to visit our kindergarteners. She discussed foods that were healthy or unhealthy for our teeth and had the children help decide which category they belonged. Even though some foods taste really good, they may not be good for our teeth if consumed in large amounts, such as cookies, candy, and some sticky foods (such as peanut butter). The dental hygienist was impressed that she was not able to stump the children as she gave examples of many foods to sort. She also demonstrated the proper way to brush and floss in a fun way using a stuffed animal. She emphasized that parents should be helping their children with this process while they are young to develop proper habits. Each child had a turn to practice with one of her stuffed animals. Brushing 2-3 times a day is optimal as well as two dental check-ups a year. The children enjoyed a short video on ways to keep their teeth healthy and received a toothbrush and packet of information to bring home.