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.
A Glimpse at Your Child’s Morning
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Iris Room News
Do you wonder what your child’s morning is like here at school? Here is a glance.
Their day begins upon arrival and they hang up their belongings. They then have the opportunity to choose work for approximately an hour. This is the time when we encourage the children to choose work from a shelf, take it to the table, complete it, and return it to where they found it (our work cycle). We seize as many opportunities as possible at this time to present lessons.
We transition the children from work time by having a “line (circle) time.” We all gather in the middle of the room on the big circular rug as a group. We use this time to sing songs, listen to stories, and present new material.
Daily we use the gross motor room or go outside to the playground. These moments are great for strengthening large muscle skills such as running, climbing, jumping, throwing, and learning to peddle a bike. It is a favorite part of the the day for many of the children!
We eat snack as a group, beginning with this time with our “Community Song.” Ask your child to sing this with you.
“Look around and you will see,
Community, a family,
We are brothers, sisters too”.
We use this time to work on grace and courtesy, “yes, please; no thank you,” and chewing quietly, and although waiting can sometimes be difficult, we all wait to eat until everyone has been served.
The children are then given the opportunity to use the toilet while we change diapers in the bathroom. This can be encouraging to those who are wearing diapers to see their friends using the toilet (positive peer pressure 😉 ).
Many of you ask what you can do at home to help your child. One of the greatest gifts you cna give your child is the opportunity for independence. “Help me do it myself,” allow time for your child to dress herself, flip his own coat on and put her belongings away (although it can sometimes be time consuming and stressful), is a step toward independence.
We hope this has been helpful in understanding just what your child’s day is like. Please remember to come and observe. We are sure you will be amazed at what the children are capable of!
Joins Us for First Thursday on Nov. 5
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About Organizing the Chaos at the Toledo Campus
Maria Montessori believed children have a need and a sensitive period for order. Come learn how simplifying your life and organizing the chaos can help you and your child succeed. Learn SIMPLE fixes to everyday issues. Organization ideas for toys, books, pictures. Easy ways to keep track of important information. And why Pinterest is NOT always the answer.
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Pumpkins,pumpkins,pumpkins, nothing says “fall” like pumpkin scrubbing in the Iris room! The children were excited to find a large pumpkin in the water table. This work is for one person at a time (with friends watching :-)) and there are many steps to this activity. The first step is to put the apron on, which lets everyone else know this is her work. Next, she fills a pitcher up 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 hung back on the hanger for the next friend. This activity helps to streghten their hand and wrist muscles and builds concentration.
Also, a new favorite is pumpkin hammering. The children use a hammer to pound golf tees into the pumpkin. This takes great eye hand coordination to hit the tees and not their thumbs.:-) After all the tees are in, it’s a challenge to use the back of the hammer to get the back out.
Both of these activities are for one child at a time, therefore helping children develop patience as they wait their turn.
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late!”
The second one said “There are witches in the air!”
The third one said “We don’t care!”
The fourth one said “Let’s go and have some fun!”
The fifth one said “Let’s run and run and run!”
‘Oooo went the wind, and (clap) out went the lights.
And the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
The children really seem to enjoy this finger play. Ask your child to show you the hand motions. Our favorite way to perform the song is to use the 5 little pumpkins found in the sensorial area of the classroom as “performers”. These pumpkins also have double duty being graded from largest to smallest.
A big “Thank You” to Lilac room teacher, Bridgett, for bringing in and sharing a very large sunflower with us! What a great way to strengthen the pincer grip by plucking the seeds from the large flower head. When the children were finished, we placed the sunflower in the sensory garden and the squirrels are enjoying the sunflower as well!
We have been enjoying long nature walks in the woods. The children have been finding many colorful leaves and we even spotted a large bird high up in a tree. They love to see what trail we are following (Red, Yellow, or Blue) and then find the “marker” that guides us in the right direction.
With the arrival of the cooler mornings, the children have been practing the “coat flip”. Ask your child to show you how they put the tag by their toes, place their arms in the holes, and ‘flip’ it over their heads. This is a great for them to practice at home too! They are so proud when they can do it themselves.
We are looking forward to talking with all of you at conferences. If you haven’t already done so, you may call the office to schedule a time. Conferences are scheduled for:
Tues 10/27 4-6pm
Weds 10/28 4-6pm
Thurs 10/29 8-3;30
There is no school on Friday 10/30.
Come to Celebrate and Hear the Exciting News!
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Sweet September Sundae Begins at 2 p.m.
West Side Montessori is excited to share its 40th Birthday surprise with ALL its families at Sweet September Sundae today. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. at the Toledo Campus (7115 Bancroft) with fun activities for the WHOLE family – bouncy houses, games, student-led trail walks, music! Bring your folding chairs and blankets to picnic on pizza, watermelon, ice cream sundaes, and, of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE.
At 3 p.m., Lynn Fisher, WSM’s founder and head of school, will gather everyone on the McMaster Middle School porch for her surprise announcement! Following the announcement, the activities will continue until 4:30 p.m.
The weather looks perfect, so plan on joining us for the annual fall tradition!
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We are so excited how well the children have been adjusting to the new year! We may still have a few tears, but many more smiles can be found As you can see, they all have been very busy!
Please join us to help celebrate West Side Montessori’s 40th Birthday at Sweet September Sundae on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, from 2:00-4:30!