Buttercup Room is a Little House classroom for ages 13 months to 2 years old on the Toledo Campus. Sarah Kreinbrink and Julie Poure are the classroom’s co-teachers.
Posted by Iris
It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of December already! At this time of year the children have really settled in and the classroom runs quite smoothly. Their growing independence is amazing to see, from hanging up their own coats and backpacks, to putting their work away when they are finished.
One of the most frequently asked question’s is “What can we do at home to help our child?” The answer includes some surprisingly simple things to complement what is done at school. One of our primary goals is the education and nurturing of the whole child. We do not place more emphasis on social development versus academic or vice versa. We begin by reinforcing a child’s natural sense of order and encouraging independence.
At home, there are also many opportunities to nurture and encourage your child’s independence. Children love to dust tables, water the plants and sweep the floors. Choosing her own clothing and dressing herself can also be an exciting event for a child. Children are proud of their accomplishments, and dressing themselves is quite an achievement.
The winter break may seem long to children used to coming to school on a daily basis and even longer for those who only come two or three days a week. Sometimes the winter break seems even longer for the parents than the children. If it is impossible to develop a routine during these times, try a simple, special and familiar activity.
Keep in mind your child’s temperament when making plans. What is fun for one child may be overwhelming for another. For example, when traveling, on shopping trips, or at family gatherings, your child may show signs of stress by becoming clingy, whiny, resistant, or by throwing tantrums. When these behaviors begin to occur, step back and take a look at what is going on in your child’s life right now. Have nap or bed times been off schedule? Is your child receiving to much adult attention? (Relatives love to shower children with attention.) What about you? Are you feeling stressed? Children are very good at picking up non-verbal clues and may become distressed because they feel your tension.
Now that you know what some of the stress producers can be, you can take steps to minimize the effects. Keep the child’s daily routine as much the same as possible, especially eating and sleeping. For big family dinners away from home, very young children may feel more comfortable eating from their own dishes. If your child balks at the introduction of new foods, make sure some familiar foods are available. This is not the time to pick a battle over food.
When children are feeling overwhelmed, fussy, silly, or overactive, take the time for a quiet break. Go for a walk, find a quiet place to watch a calm video or take a nap. This will give your child a chance to regroup and may lower everyone’s stress level. To keep this time enjoyable, simple is better!
Our children can spend quite a long time using our special homemade playdough. Not only does it strengthen developing muscles, but it also allows for creative play. The receipe follows and the children LOVE helping to make it as well!
PLAY DOUGH RECIPE
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 cup water
(you may add food coloring if desired)
Mix all of the above ingredients in a pan and cook for approx. 3-5 min, stirring consistently
Remove from pan while still a little “wet” and knead with your hands
Our First Blog Entry, Thanks for Waiting!
Posted by Buttercup
We have finally overcome our technological glitches and are happy to bring you a classroom update.
We hope you all enjoyed a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break, we are looking forward to getting back to work. We have selected several fun new work choices for your little ones to discover.
Our language focus is fruit, vegetable and animal names. The new sensory work includes a texture puzzle and sound differentiation cylinders. Be listening for lots of new words!
Please remember to label all new winter gear to avoid lost articles.
As you know we have had several illnesses in the classroom. If your child is not feeling well, please review our health policy before deciding whether they should attend school that day. If you would like another copy of the policy, please let us know.
Please consider attending First Thursday and the Buy Local Sale this week.
Look for updates, events, news and photos here regularly! Thanks for your patience,
Sarah and Julie
First Thursday: Beyond the Continent Song
Posted by West Side Montessori
Little House Video Series
Posted by Rose
We often get parents requesting the words to the songs we sing at school. So we decided to post videos of some of the popular songs. We hope to publish more videos with our younger friends as they become more comfortable at circle time. We hope you enjoy these videos! Please allow a few minutes for each video to download.
Little House Little Mouse Story
Posted by Rose
Little Mouse by Iris Room
This is a magnet board story we do with the children. Enjoy!