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.
First Thursday Topics for March 5
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You are invited to learn more about Little House and Children’s House through West Side Montessori’s First Thursday program on Thursday, March 5, at either Perrysburg or Toledo Campus.
Little House shares its tips & tricks!
Thursday, March 5
Unchild-proof Your Home
Thursday, March 5
8:30-9:30 a.m. or 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Come learn how opening up your home to your child(ren) will give them the gifts of independence, respect, understanding, and self confidence. It will decrease frustration levels and negative behaviors, too.
These monthly parent education programs are presented by WSM teachers and open to the public.
Still working out the kinks…
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I see that the blog post I scheduled to publish before New Year’s just went out today. So sorry about that! I am not sure I understand how the delay publishing works yet…
It has been so great to see our friends this week! Everyone has come back and jumped right back into our routine. The children are excited about the new work in the room and have enjoyed more independence and responsibility as well.
As promised, I have pictures for you!! I am working to upload them now.
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What to Expect
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2015 will bring much excitement and independence to the Buttercup Room!
Our children can look forward to pouring their own water at the snack table, food prep activities, and fruit and vegetable tastings. We have new flannel/magnet board stories and songs for line time. We will explore many new items in our sensory table such as: shaving cream, rice, snow, and pom poms. We will have a basket full of oversized clothes for the children to practice putting on and taking off shirts, socks, mittens, hats, and pants. There will be more alphabet and numeral exploration activities as well. Most exciting will be the addition of pictures to our blogs!!
Many parents are asking about the need for snow boots and snow pants in the coming months. We find that our youngest students have a difficult time walking in the snow and often get very frustrated and upset with the extra heavy layers. In the event that the weather is snowy and yet still warm enough for us to go outside, we bring snow onto our patio (or into the water table). This is a constant flat terrain that offers more stability for the children than our playground. They will not need snow pants, but maybe just an extra pair of sweatpants in their backpack. We will occasionally go for walks outside along the paved and plowed paths so we will still need hats and mittens.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday break and get to enjoy some quality time with your children. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year. Stay healthy, Stay warm, and stay safe!
Sarah and Julie
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