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.
Science in the Rose Room
Posted by Rose
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
Posted by Rose
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!
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.
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.
Falling for Fall
Posted by Rose
Thank you Rose Room friends for all the Autumn donations! We have big pumpkins, little pumpkins, gourds, corn, pine cones, acorns and leaves…oh my!
A large pumpkin is used for pumpkin scrubbing. This is a big work! First the child must put on the apron. Next she takes the small pitcher to the sink and fills it with water. Then she must carry it carefully back to the pumpkin and pour it on the pumpkin. She may repeat this part of the activity several times until she is satisfied that the pumpkin is wet enough. Next she takes the soap and “writes” on the pumpkin. She then takes the scrub brush and scrubs in a circular motion all around until she is ready to rinse it clean. This requires more trips to the sink. Next she dries the pumpkin off with a towel and finally removes the apron.
A smaller pumpkin is used for pumpkin coloring. The child removes the black marker cap and colors on the pumpkin. When he is finished he takes the damp wash cloth and cleans the pumpkin for the next artist.
A HUGE pumpkin is used for pumpkin pounding. This is by far the favorite choice! The child takes golf tees and places them in the starter holes and hammers them into the pumpkin. Then, using the pincer grasp, he removes all the golf tees for the next friend. This is a wonderful eye-hand coordination activity.
We have an Autumn sensory table outside on our patio. The table is filled with gourds, corn, pumpkins, pine cones, leaves and acorns. The children enjoy exploring all the different textures, colors, shapes and sizes. We have a basket inside the classroom as well. We also have a basket with our 5 Little Pumpkins. We lay out the pumpkins in a line and say the rhyme: “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, “I’m ready for some fun!” The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!” Oooooooo went the wind and out went the lights and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!”
Music on the Lawn: Sunday 12th at 4 p.m.
Parent/ Teacher Conferences: Tuesday, Wednesday 28th and 29th from 4-6 pm and Thursday 30th from 8-3:30 p.m.
No school but child care available by reservation on Thursday the 30th. Drop in childcare during your scheduled conference time is available at no charge.
No school or child care on Friday October 31st.
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.