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  • Positional Words in the Toddler Room

    Learning positional words like over/under, on/off, and in/out is an important preschool skill. Not only do children develop spatial awareness by practicing these skills but they are also learning the fundamentals of early math.  Using positional words in connection with concrete objects and situations helps children develop vocabulary.  We had lots of fun this week learning the positional words IN and OUT as we took turns going IN the tunnel and coming OUT.

     

  • Art Show Sneak Peek

    On March 9, 2018, we will host the annual Creative Tots Art Show.  This is a fun evening for children to show their families selected art pieces that they have worked on during the year.  The art projects involve fine motor skills and different art techniques.  The students have already started working on pieces for the art show but we don’t send them home.  We keep all these at school for the big reveal in March.  Here is a sneak peek at part of our first piece.

  • Dinosaurs!

    We are using the dinosaur theme to incorporate fine motor skills, sorting, matching, position words, and more. We have read several dinosaur books including Dini the Dinosaur, we have learned dinosaurn fingerplays, and danced to Laurie Berkner’s We are the Dinosaurs. Toddlers are learning through play!

     

  • Hello Yellow!

    Hello Yellow!  The color focus for the month of September is YELLOW.  We have used all of our senses to immerse ourselves in yellow.  We have read a book called Hello Yellow about a parade, we have watched videos and sang songs about the color yellow, sorted items by color, and our “lemonade” sensory tub is filled with all types of yellow items for pouring and scooping.  During small group, the mystery can was filled with all yellow items (banana, corn, yellow crayon, yellow car, yellow monkey, duck, etc.).  We also tasted yellow lemons and did lemon prints.  The children combined our letter study and color study by string painting a “B” to create a yellow bumble bee.  On Friday, we took turns measuring and pouring and made yellow play dough!  We will continue to focus and yellow in the classroom throughout the month.  You can reinforce at home by having your child find yellow items around the house and pointing out yellow things in their everyday lives.

     

  • Toddler Schedule

    Young children thrive on routine and repetition.  We plan our toddler day around a regular schedule so our friends know what’s coming next.  We mix up group activities, free choice, gross motor activities, etc. to engage the kids and accommodate attention spans.

    Daily Schedule

    9:00-9:40 Arrival/Free Play

    9:45-10:00 Story Time/ Fingerplays

    10:00-10:25  Outside Time /Parachute / Gross Motor Activities

    10:30-10:45 Snack Time / Quiet reading

    10:45 – 11:00 Letter Review / Pre-academic Small Groups

    11:00 – 11:15 Centers / Art / Sensory Bins

    11:15-11:30 Music / Movement / Dismissal

    Here is a glimpse into a day in the toddler room:

     

    Morning Free Play

    Story Time

     

    Fingerplays

    Outside Time/ Gross Motor

    Parachute

    Snack Time

    Quiet Reading

    Pre-academic Groups (Mystery Can; Letter Mailbox)

    Small Groups

    Centers

    Art

    Sensory Bins

    Music/Movement

    Dismissal