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.
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As you will see, the children have been very busy! A couple of weeks ago, the children helped to plant tulip bulbs in the garden area outside of our patio. A big “Thank you” to the Lilac room for sharing bulbs with us. We are looking forward to watching/hoping that they bloom in the spring!
The children practiced heavy lifting as it took at least 3 friends to carry our pumpkin to the table for carving. There were a few who wanted to help clean out the pumpkin but many more who chose to watch! Comments such as ..” it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s slippery” could be heard throughout the process. However, they were all excited when it was finished!
Over the past few weeks, walks in the woods on our beautiful campus have been a weekly experience. The children help guide us to follow the RED trail or the BLUE trail and seem excited by the things we see. Many leaves are collected, trees inspected, and squirrel nests are observed “way up high”. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy this beautiful setting. The children (and the teachers) LOVE IT!
And now the cold comes…brrr! As the weather begins to change and the temperatures are unpredictable, we would like to remind you that we do try to get outside for even just a few minutes each day. A breathe of fresh air really does feel nice to everyone! If daily, you could send warm jackets, hats, and mittens vs gloves (they are much easier for the children to put on) we will try to enjoy as much fresh air as we can. Their hands are tiny and it can be difficult to find mittens that actually fit and stay on, however, some parents have been successful in finding mittens at Carters. The “gripper” mittens, or “stretch” mittens seem to work the best. They are not great for playing in the snow but they seem to work well for being outside at other times (and the children seem to leave them on :-)). Please remember to LABEL everything. It helps to ensure your child’s belongings get back to them.
Inside the classroom, the children are making wonderful work choices.
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We are sure to have the cleanest pumpkin in town! Pumpkin scrubbing has been a big hit! This work is for one child at a time, and there are many steps to this activity. The first step is to put the apron on, which lets everyone know this is her work. Next, she fills a pitcher with water and pours it over the top of the pumpkin. A scrub brush is then rubbed on a bar of soap and the scrubbing begins. After the child is content with her work, a sponge is used to wipe off the soap bubbles and the apron is laid back down for the next friend. The children enjoy working with the water and making the bubbles. We enjoy how they are strengthening their hand and wrist muscles.
Another new favorite is pumpkin hammering. The children use a hammer to pound golf tees into the pumpkin. It is quite challenging for the children to hold the tee while trying to hammer. We are hoping this will strengthen their hand-eye coordination, not result in sore thumbs! After all the tees are in, its a challenge to use the back of the hammer to get them back out as well.
With the arrival of the cooler mornings, the children are practicing the “coat flip”. Ask your child to show you how they put the tag (or hood) by their toes, place their arms in the holes, and flip it over their heads. This is a great activity to practice at home too! They are so proud when they can do it themselves. Per some requests, we will send home a print out of these directions; we encourage putting this in your coat area to help guide them.
The children really enjoy when we sing the song, Five Little Pumpkins Sitting On A Gate. Here are the words to the song so you can sing it with your child at home!
Five little pumpkins, sitting on a gate,
The first one said, “Oh my, its getting late!”
The second one said, “Their are witches in the air!”
The third one said, “We don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “I am ready for some fun!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
“Ooooo!” went the wind, and (clap) out went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins, rooooollled out of sight.
Our favorite way to perform the song is to use the five little pumpkins from the sensorial area of the classroom as “performers”. These pumpkins also have double duty of being graded from the largest to the smallest.
Ask your child to sing this with you, you will love it!
Reminder: Parent/Teacher conferences are Oct. 28 & 29 .. 4:00-6:00 and Oct. 30.. 8:30-3:45. Childcare will be available on Oct. 30, with a reservation. There is no school or childcare on Oct. 31. We encourage you to observe, if possible, before conferences, so you can see all the amazing things they are capable of.
First Thursday: Beyond the Continent Song
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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!