Iris Room is a Little House classroom for ages 2-3 years old on the Toledo Campus. Kelly Carver and Cheryl Pocrnich are the classroom’s co-teachers.
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Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your children’s lives. We had a wonderful year!!!
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Hooray for Grandparents and Special Friends Day! Many of the children have been talking about this day all week! These are always such special days, and the children not only enjoy showing off their work, but their classmates as well. Many even “shared” their grandparents or friends with children whose were unable to attend. Thanks to all of the Grandparents and Special Friends who took the time to come and visit with us. It really is a special day for all of us!
Recently at the water table, the children were excited to find two basins of soapy water. Next to the basins are two place settings consisting of a plate and cup and to complete sets of silverware. The children really seem to enjoy washing dishes and this is a great activity for them to help with at home. Have your child stand on a stool at the sink with a sponge (we’ve found if you cut a sponge in 1/2, it is easier for them to handle) and let him scrub away! They love participating in this “grown up” work and it provides them with a great sense of accomplishment. Plus, it’s FUN!
All four boxes of the knobbless cylinders have now been added to the sensorial shelf. Each box has ten cylinders of different height and circumference. The children start with the largest and line them up to the smallest. In children’s house they will add the step of building them up from largest to smallest. At this level it is to tempting to knock the towers down!
If your child has mentioned to you about something “blue” in our fish tank, it is not the water! A blue crayfish was recently added to our tank. The children love looking for it and can usually find it hiding in the “castle rock” in our tank. One of the exciting things about this crayfish is it “molts” or sheds its shell. We took out the old shell and investigated it. Most of the children wanted to just look at it but some were willing to touch it and thought it felt soft. The children kept going back to the tank to make sure the crayfish was still in there.
A few of our children have recently begun to show more interest in toileting. We have a few “helpful” hints for you to help along with this process. We encourage as much independence as possible. To help your child with this we recommend no onesies , as they fall in the toilet, and elastic waist pants (much easier for them to pull up and down). Working together will get your child there successfully!
To help with recognition of their own names; at snack time we have begun placing a card with the children’s first name on a placement at the table. We are encouraging(and helping) the to find their names before they sit down. They are beginning to recognize to their own names and their friends as well!
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Horray!!! Warmer weather has finally arrived and we hope it is here to stay! As you can see, everyone is excited to get back outside! The introduction to Soccer shots was a huge hit!
Not only have the children enjoyed being outside, they have been equally busy since Spring vacation, choosing very challenging work. Just before Spring vacation, metal insets were introduced. Your child may have been bringing home colored pieces of paper on which they have used a colored pencil to draw a curvilinear triangle or an oval. The insets help them to trace these shapes. It takes patience and coordination to hold the inset still with one hand, while using the pencil to trace it with the other hand. This is also good practice for their pencil grasp and future hand writing.
In the sensorial area, the pink tower has made its debut! The tower consists of ten solid wooden cubes in equally incremental size from 1cm to 1000cm cubed. At this age, it is used to help develop coordination, concentration and to increase awareness of dimension. The children start by placing a rug on the floor. They begin 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 has been built. The tower is then taken down one cube at a time and returned to its place for another friend to try. (This in itself takes a lot of control. At this age it is quite tempting to knock it down!)
A sign of spring waddled in front of us as we were taking a walk before spring break! If you look closely, you can see two mallard ducks waddling across the path where we were walking. We were fortunate enough to be able to watch them for a few minutes as we tried to guess which one was the mommy(the brown one) and which one was the daddy(the one with pretty colors). More excitement followed as we heard them quacking as we walked away! Another sure sign, spring is here!
Parenting Classes Begin Tuesday, April 15
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Starting Date Moved Back a Week
Parenting Young Children – Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP)
Do you need a system for effective parenting? You are invited to attend a six-week STEP parenting class (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting). This class is targeted for parents of children from birth to age six (6).
The STEP class will be held on Tuesdays at the Toledo Campus in Central Park from 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, April 15, through Tuesday, May 20.
There is no cost for the class. However, each family needs a copy of “Parenting Young Children” at a cost of $15. The books will be distributed before the first class.
Sign up by contacting Kathy Heckert at (419) 866-1931 to reserve a space. Class size is limited.
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Take a peek at what fun we all had last week with the new snowfall! Everyone was very excited to get outside and explore the snow. The children were busy eating snow, tossing snow balls, making snow angels, and not only building a snowman, but tasting him as well!
We ended our week with an Irish Dance demonstration(compliments of our own Rose room teacher Molly Kujawa and her girls) and a group sing a long. The children really enjoyed “the unicorn song.”