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(419) 866-1931
7115 W. Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43615-3010
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Rose Room

Samantha Marvin

Samantha Marvin

Molly Kujawa

Molly Kujawa

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

 

Zen Garden and a peaceful environment

Zen Garden and a peaceful environment

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 kheckert@wsmctoledo.org.  There are a limited number of spaces available each day, so call or email today!

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Chair scrubbing has been a popular choice in Rose Room!  This is a complex work choice that requires a great amount of concentration!  First, this is work for one friend only.  So if someone else is choosing this work the friend must wait his/her turn.  Once it is his/her turn the child takes the small pitcher to the sink, turns on the sink and fills the pitcher.  Then, the child takes the pitcher to the scrubbing area and pours the water into the bucket.  Once the bucket has been filled to satisfaction the child begins to “write” on the chair with the soap.  Next, he/she scrubs with the scrub brush and sponge.  When finished, he/she dries with a towel.  Finally, he/she is ready to dump the water out of the bucket at the sink and return the bucket to the scrubbing area.

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Cloud dough is a soft play dough.

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We used equal corn starch and shaving cream to make the cloud dough.

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Rose Room friends enjoyed mixing the ingredients together.

 

Welcome back Rose Room friends!  Everyone has been happy to be back.  We made cloud dough and introduced glue painting.  For the cloud dough, we simply mixed one cup of cornstarch with a can of shaving cream.  It is a super soft play dough.  For glue painting, we put a small amount of glue in a bowl and the child uses a small paint brush to apply the glue to a piece of card stock.  Then the child places torn up tissue paper on the glue and hangs it to dry.  The children have enjoyed both new activities.

We hope to have warmer weather so we can venture outside in the snow.  Please send snow pants, boots and hats.

Thank you!

 

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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