Iris Room is a Little House classroom for ages 2-3 years old on the Toledo Campus. Jessica Boraggina and Cheryl Pocrnich 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.
Posted by Iris
The pink tower has made its debut! The tower consistes of ten solid wooden cubes in equally incremental size from 1cm to 1000cm cubed. At this age, the tower is used to help develop coordination, concentration and to increase awareness of dimension. The children start by placing a rug on the floor. They being to carry each cube one at a time and place it on their rug. The next challenge is to find the largest cube and begin to build the tower from largest to smallest. It takes a lot of concentration and coordination to build this tower, especially when placing the smallest cube on top. The children are so proud of themselves when the tower had been built. The tower is then taken down one cube at a time (this takes a lot of self control, as at this age, it is very tempting to knock it down) and returned to its place for another friend to try. Many of the children were eager to give it a try.
The first of four boxes of knobbless cylinders have been introduced. These cylinders are the same in height but different in dimension.
In the language area the children have discovered oven mitts, child size aprons and chef hats. Along with an object to picture work containing; spatulas, wisks, ladles, and spoons, they have been “cooking” a variety of items. Beginning sound books and sandpaper letters have been introduced as well. The sound booklets consist of a letter followed by the pictures that begin with that initial sound (i.e.: ‘b’ as in ‘bat’) The children are very excited to find their picture at the end of the book with the beginning sound of their name.
The pipe building work found in the manipulative area has been a very exciting choice.
As the children concentrate to connect the pipes, they are strenghtening their wrist muscels as well.
What wonderful workers we have!
A Little House Field Trip!
Posted by West Side Montessori
Children turning 3 by August 1, 2015 are visiting the Children’s House classrooms on Tuesday, February 10 through Friday, Feb. 13!
- Would you love to see what a Children’s House classroom looks like?
- Do you wonder what sort of work choices and Montessori materials are in a Children’s House classroom?
- Are you curious how 3’s, 4’s and Kindergartners can be in the same classroom?
Parents will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the library for conversation about the Children’s House program. Little House teachers will walk your children to the library at 9 a.m. so you and your child can visit a Children’s House classroom together and explore the work choices with a Children’s House child as your personal tour guide for approximately 30 minutes.
Please R.S.V.P. to Kathy Heckert at (419) 866-1931 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a limited number of spaces available each day, so call or email today!
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After the holiday break, the children seemed excited to see their friends and get back into their routines. Pasting, pin punching and painting, oh my…the children have been very busy! Using a small container of paste and a small brush, the children have been very busy pasting small squares of paper onto a larger piece of paper. This requires the children to gather all of the necessary materials at the table before beginning: a mat, a tray with paste, and a piece of paper. After spreading paste on the small square piece, the children turn it over and apply it to the larger piece of paper (a tricky step). They are not only strengthening their wrist muscles and eye hand corridination, they are learning to count to five, as they hold the small piece of paper down, while counting to five, to help it stick.
Pin punching requires a lot of concentration and the children are doing a great job! The children place a 5×5 square piece of paper on a slightly larger piece of a carpet square and using a large push pin, pushes holes through the line drawn down the center of the paper. Once enough holes have been punched, the paper can be torn in half. They are very excited to “tear” their paper. This activitiy is excellent for increasing fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination and reinforcing the pincher grasp. Once they have mastered punching on a straight line, we will introduce shapes.
Is your child coming home with mysterious smudges on elbows, fingers, or knees? The good news is, it’s washable! Painting at the easel has been a popular choice. There are many steps to this process, and the children are doing a great job putting on the apron, painting(some a few strokes, others the whole paper :-)) washing the easel and hanging up the apron when finished.
Shouts of excitement could be heard from everyone as we were able to get outside last week! All bundled up, the children were very excited to be on the playground. Although the snow wasn’t the best for making a snowman, the children did their best to make “Olaf”, complete with a carrot nose. Making snow angels and building with the snow in the sandbox was also huge hit!
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