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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Has your child come home with mysterious rectangles of paper in his backpack? These may be the result of our new pin punching activity. A small carpet square, 5×5 piece of paper and an oversized push pin are the tools needed for this task. There is a line drawn down the middle of the paper and taking the push pin in hand, the child pushes it through the paper, which rests on the carpet square. Once he has punched all the way down the line, a teacher helps separate the paper into two halves. This activity is great for small muscle control, eye-hand coordination and the reinforcement of the pincer grasp, for the only way to punch successfully with the push pin is to hold it as you would a pencil.
Cutting with scissors has also recently been introduced. The children have been practicing cutting thin strips of card stock and then placing the pieces in a container on the shelf. Although the use of scissors can be quite challenging for some, they are doing a wonderful job.
Now that the children’s pouring skills are becoming stronger, we have added a more challenging work to the practical life area. This is work that the children pour sand from one glass bottle to another using a funnel.
A telephone on a table with a pencil and a pad of paper is not only prompting great phone conversations (ie: “How was your day?”, “Hi, mommy/daddy”), but also practicing the pencil grasp as notes are taken.
The children enjoyed celebrating Montessori Education week last week by working with lower elementary students throughout the week and joining in a school wide sing a long at the end of the week. A lot of dancing and singing was enjoyed by all!
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Snow days or not, the Iris room children have been very busy in the classroom! Our dinner auction item is complete and we know you will LOVE it! All of the children seemed to enjoy using their fingers to paint the bowl and were very excited to see their finger prints turned into bugs!
On Tuesday, Feb 4, we had a surprise visitor to our classroom. Former West Side parent Diana Pienta brought a three-week old baby lamb (his name is Chocolate Chip) to our classroom for the children to see. They were very excited to pet him, noticing how soft he was. They were equally excited to try to give him a bottle of milk to drink. Chocolate Chip was an excellent guest and even walked away with a beautiful necklace the children gave him! All enjoyed our farm animal visit!
Open House is 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9
Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday; Feb. 11-12, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; and on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 8:00-3:30. There is no school on Thursday, Feb. 13 or Friday, Feb. 14.
Field trips to the Children’s House are scheduled February 25, 26, 27. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to not only see a Children’s House classroom in action but also to interact and learn more about the program as well.
Montessori March Madness, our annual spring fundraiser, is Saturday, March 8, at Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate. Watch for your invitation in the mail this week.
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Welcome back! After a holiday break, it is exciting to see how happy the children are to be back with the teachers, their friends, and their “work”- some old favorites and some new. Children thrive on routine. It makes them feel secure when they know what comes next and what is expected of them. There is always a settled feeling in January, children are returning to a familiar, comfortable environment.
All new practical life work (hand transfer, pouring, spooning and tonging) is more challenging as the children’s skills become more refined. We are using smaller beads to spoon and pour, smaller items to tong (with smaller tongs) and are introducing water transferring. Baby washing has a crowd of children washing or watching the washing. This “life size” baby has been washed thoroughly and gently!
In the art area, necklace making has taken the place of bracelet making. It takes a lot of concentration and coordination to string straws and shapes to make a necklace. The children are doing a wonderful job and they are so proud of their work! Next week the children will begin using a small container of paste and a small brush, and will be busy pasting a circle, square and triangle onto a piece of paper with the same shapes. This requires the children to gather all of the necessary materials at the table before beginning: a mat, a tray with paste, a picture of the shapes, and the three shapes. After spreading paste on the shape, the children turn it over and apply it to the paper on the corresponding shape (a tricky step). They are not only strengthening their wrist muscles and eye hand coordination but becoming aware of the quantity of three and the names and colors of the shapes.
The children will soon begin working on our item for the dinner auction. We know you will be excited to see what it is. We would like to encourage all of our families to attend the MARCH MADNESS dinner auction on Saturday, March 8, at the 5/3 Center at One Seagate, in downtown Toledo. This is a great way to meet other West Side families and win great gifts, while supporting a great cause, WEST SIDE!
We encourage you to join us on Sunday, January 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m. , for our Open House. This is a great opportunity for you to visit your child’s next level and to see all of the wonderful work the children do at school.