Lilac Room is a Little House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Janell Butts and Bridgett Miller are the classroom’s co-teachers.
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!
Peace in the New Year
Posted by Lilac
Before winter break students created I Spy Peace Ornaments as their holiday gift to take home. The idea to create an ornament using rice came from a tall glass cylinder in the sensorial area of the classroom. Lilac friends made a variety of colored rice using a simple recipe (rice, rubbing alcohol, food coloring). The colored rice was then carefully spooned into the cylinder. This rice cylinder work choice was presented at the beginning of the school year. The children loved adding the rice layers, and the cylinder was almost completely full (and very colorful) by December.
Filling the ornaments with rice supported use of practical life skills. First, students used a spoon and funnel to fill the ornament. Next, students collected one of each of the objects from a sorted tray of objects representing peace. Finally, a ribbon and tag were added.
“Peace Begins With A Smile” – Mother Theresa
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
First Thursday: Handwriting Without Tears
Posted by West Side Montessori
West Side Montessori
Children’s House Teachers present
Thursday, Dec. 4
Perrysburg & Toledo Campus
Children’s House teachers are introducing a new handwriting curriculum to students this year called Handwriting Without Tears. At this month’s First Thursday program, parents have an opportunity to learn more about the program and how to support your child in learning about handwriting.
Throughout the year, First Thursday is a chance for parents and friends of our community to learn more about Montessori through the eyes of children, teachers, and other Montessori parents.
Feel free to bring siblings not in school to the program. This is a family-friendly event! There is free child care at the Toledo Campus for the afternoon presentation.
Posted by Lilac
Lilac friends are thankful for music that gets our feet dancing. The Little House Sing-A-Long, held in the library, was very much enjoyed by all as we sang some favorites including: “Down by the Bay”, “Wheels on the Bus”, and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” with new verses.
We also have tried several traditional Thanksgiving recipes at snack time. Our try-it-you-might-like-it recipes included: sautéed green beans, cornbread muffins, butternut squash, pumpkin fluff, and cranberry pineapple relish. Please enjoy these favorites with your family!
1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin
1 box sugar free vanilla pudding
8 oz cool whip
pumpkin pie spices
Mix all ingredients together. Chill covered. Serve with graham crackers or gingersnaps. Also tastes great with apple slices!
Cranberry Pineapple Relish
1 box sugar free black cherry jello
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
1 can whole cranberry sauce
Drain pineapple and reserve juice. Use juice, plus add water for 1 cup to dissolve jello. Add cranberry sauce and pineapples. Mix well. Chill covered.