Lilac Room is a Little House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Janell Butts and Bridgett Miller are the classroom’s co-teachers.
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.
Posted by Lilac
Practical Life is the backbone of the Montessori classroom. It isolates skills which lead to concentration, coordination, confidence,independence, and a sense of order. The refinement of movement and attention to detail within the activities prepare the child for a lifetime of learning.
Practical Life exercises are clear, simple, and have a concrete purpose. Many of the skills the child acquires through practical life exercises are applied to the other work he will do in the Montessori classroom.
Posted by Lilac
Sensitive Periods, a term used by Dr. Maria Montessori, is defined as a period of time in which the child concentrates on one specific aspect of the environment to the exclusion of everything else.
Sensitive Periods vary from child to child. Each Sensitive Period may last a week, a month or up to a year, depending on the child and his needs. As the child becomes intensely focused on one aspect of his environment, interest in others may wane. This is only temporary. Once the child has fulfilled his need and satisfied his interest for what he is seeking, the Sensitive Period will end just as quickly as it began.
As teachers, we observe each child daily. We note when a child repeats one type of activity with intensity and focus. We notice that nothing seems to deter him from this inner drive to accomplish his task until the desire is satisfied.
A child’s strong desire to explore the environment through all of his senses occurs from birth to age six. Through this sensory learning, he absorbs the qualities of the objects in his environment and seeks to act upon them. It is critical to the child’s development that he is exposed to language as he explores the world around him. He must have objects to freely explore and be surrounded by a plethora of sounds in order to develop his language.
A child’s need for movement is the most readily apparent Sensitive Period to adults. This need to move starts at birth and continues through six years of age. Children are very capable of and enjoy going for long walks. Regardless of the weather, our Lilac Room children are ready to go out for a walk!
Grace and Courtesy are important elements of both the prepared environment and community building. The environment is prepared in such a manner that promotes grace and courtesy from the moment the child crosses the threshold. Each child is greeted individually, by name, upon arrival. Teachers get down to the child’s level and speak in a respectful quiet voice. The child is encouraged to ask for, receive and provide assistance to his classmates. Snack preparation, table setting, folding laundry and washing dishes are all community building activities that naturally occur as the child interacts freely in his environment. Grace and courtesy are modeled for the younger child (birth to three years old) while the older child (three to six years) often gives lessons on using polite manners and being courteous.
“The small child walks to develop his powers, he is building up his being. He goes slowly. He has neither rhythmic step nor goal. But things around him allure him and urge him forward. “– Maria Montessori.
First Thursday: Beyond the Continent Song
Posted by West Side Montessori
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.