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Rose Room

Molly Kujawa

Molly Kujawa

Stacey Alfonso

Stacey Alfonso

Rose Room is a Little House classroom for ages 2-3 years old on the Toledo Campus. Stacey Alfonso and Molly Kujawa are the classroom’s co-teachers.

 

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

ENJOY!!!

 

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When you look in your child’s back pack you will find a daily note. We like you to know how your child’s day went and what work they chose. However, when you read work choices like hand transfer, spooning, or tonging we would like you to really know what your child is doing and why it is so important. In this blog we would like to explain with pictures what some of the work choices look like and what your child is learning from the work.

Practical Life

 

Finger Transfer The child will use his fingers to move objects from one bowl to the other. This helps develop fine motor skills and concentration.

Finger Transfer
The child will use his fingers to move objects from one bowl to the other. This helps develop fine motor skills used for pre writing, and concentration.

Complex Finger Transfer  The child will still use her fingers to move objects but will now place only one object in each section of the tray. This develops fine motor skills and concentration, and also develops a sense of order and self control by placing only one object per section.

Complex Finger Transfer
The child will still use her fingers to move objects but will now place only one object in each section of the tray. This develops fine motor skills and concentration, and also develops a sense of order and self control by placing only one object per section.

Spooning This work, like finger transfer, the child will move objects from one bowl to the other. However, he will move the objects with a spoon. This movement  will help build muscles in his hands for other practical work like balancing objects,  or scooping ingredients for baking.

Spooning
This work, like finger transfer, the child will move objects from one bowl to the other. However, he will move the objects with a spoon. This movement will help build muscles in his hands for other practical work like balancing objects, or scooping ingredients for baking.

Complex Spooning This work will use the movement the child mastered with spooning and add a slight difficulty with self control and order by only spooning one object in each section of the muffin pan. This work resembles the exact movement that is needed to spoon dough into the sections to make muffins.

Complex Spooning
This work will use the movement the child mastered with spooning and add a slight difficulty with self control and order by only spooning one object in each section of the muffin pan. This work resembles the exact movement that is needed to spoon dough into the sections to make muffins.

Tonging Work The child will use the tongs to transfer objects from one bowl to the other. This work prepares the child for real world tasks and helps to strengthen the  hand muscles for writing skills.

Tonging Work
The child will use the tongs to transfer objects from one bowl to the other. This work prepares the child for real world tasks, like serving friends salad, and helps to strengthen the hand muscles for writing skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pouring Work The child will pour objects from one container to another. This takes concentration and careful hands  to pour without spilling.

Pouring Work
The child will pour objects from one container to another. This takes concentration and careful hands to pour without spilling.

Our friends love practical life work!

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Sam and I would like to take a moment to say, “Thank you.”  We feel so blessed to have such a caring, giving, devoted group of parents.  Thank you for entrusting your most precious valuable to us every day.  We are so fortunate to spend our days with your amazing children.  Their growth and development has been remarkable in just a few short months.  We look forward to a year of endless opportunities.

Our Thanksgiving Feast was a HUGE success!  We were so excited that every child was able to attend and everyone had a family member attend at one point or another {even if it was brief}.  Thank you to Brian Marvin for stepping in for Sam while she was out sick.  Thank you to everyone for donating food or paper products, and for helping with set up and clean up.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving break.  Monday, December 1st is a teacher work day.  We will see you all on Tuesday, December 2nd.

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Our Rose room friends have been very busy these last few weeks! We have been conducting science experiments, enjoying the moguls that have reopened on our playground, and baking!

Thanks to the generous donations by our parents we have been able to enjoy experimentation with pumpkins! The pumpkin that we had been using to hammer golf tees into had started to become a little soft, so we decided to open it and see what was causing it. After we cut the top off, our friends were able to observe what was happening inside. As we looked inside we found some of the seeds had started to sprout! We kept the sprouts to plant in our little pots and waited to see what would happen.  We also decided to set the rest of the pumpkin outside our window for the Squirrels to enjoy! Our Friends were very excited to see just a few days later that our sprouts had grown out of the soil!

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The next experiment we conducted was also with one of our large pumpkins. We cut the top off and then the children filled it with dirt. We asked our friends if they thought a pumpkin plant would grow. Some said yes, some said no. We are still patiently waiting and watering our pumpkin to see what happens!

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Some of our friends noticed that our purple mum  was getting too large for it’s pot. We decided to use another large pumpkin as the flowers new pot. We cut the top off and scrapped out the insides. Our friends filled the pumpkin with dirt and the mum. We then decided that our new flower pot needed a face. We carved a happy face with a toothy smile on our pumpkin pot!

 

 

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There has been many exciting additions and improvements to our natural playground! Recently the grass has regrown and the moguls have been reopened! Our friends love playing on Moguls! Climbing on these small hills builds strength and confidence. We are also able to introduce more vocabulary. Up, down, high, low, between are words we use to describe the placement of friends on the hills.   20141024_103217

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Rose room has started baking!! Our friends love to take turns pouring all the ingredients needed into the mixing bowl! This activity took about 15 minutes to complete. Our friends were patient and  concentrated on their work until everything was mixed up. Everyone enjoyed eating the muffins they made during snack time!

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As Always, please never hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We love having your children in Rose Room, and are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have!

Molly & Sam

Toddlers love sensory play.  Often, at home, we don’t want the mess or don’t have the space to let our little ones experiment with different substances.  That is why school is so great!  We welcome messes!

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Dawn, from the office, was happy to bring over a large box filled with packing peanuts.  Our Rose Room friends were thrilled with the morning surprise!  As you can see the box was large enough for several friends and hidden objects!  The children experimented with crushing the peanuts, blowing them in the air and jumping on the peanuts.

Reminders:

Parent/Teacher conferences are October 28 and 29 from 4-6 p.m. and October 30 from 8-3:30 p.m.  Child care is available by reservation only for Thursday and will be billed through the office.  Free drop in child care is available during your scheduled conference time.  No school or child care on Friday, October 31st.