Toddler 2

Toddler 2 - September 21, 2018

Music Class

The Toddler 2 students were delighted to welcome Ms. Cristina for Music class this week. Ms. Cristina will visit their classroom every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to sing, share instruments, dance and explore musical concepts and styles with the children. A new favorite song from Music class is "The Old Gray Cat," which many of the children have begun to request as soon as Ms. Cristina arrives.


Spanish

The Toddler 2 children also enjoyed their first visits from Ms. Rose, our Spanish teacher, this week. On Tuesdays, Ms. Rose will lead a Spanish circle with the children, focusing on songs and basic vocabulary. On Thursdays, she will join their class during their regular morning work period to work one-on-one or in small groups with the children to enrich their understanding of the Spanish language.

Toddler 2 - September 14, 2018

Welcome Back!

The Toddler 2 students had a wonderful start to the school year! The children are beginning to explore the classroom environment, meet new friends and connect with their teachers. The teachers are delighted to welcome such a delightful group of students (and parents!) to our school community and look forward to a happy Fall semester together.

Toddler 2 - June 12, 2018

End of the Year

The Toddler 2 students have grown and developed in every way over the course of a wonderful year!  It has been a joy to see them grow into such happy, confident and curious members of the school community.  We are full of pride at their accomplishments and wish them the very best as they take the next steps along their journeys.

Toddler 2 - June 8, 2018

Treasure Box

Some Toddler 2 children hunted through the classroom's "treasure box": a basin full of dried beans and assortment of small, interesting objects.  This sensorial activity refines their visual and tactile perception, and the students are delighted to find a variety of treasures hidden in the beans.  The simple motion of running their hands through the box of smooth beans also provides many children with an opportunity to discover long periods of peace, calm and concentration.


Parallel Play

In a Montessori classroom, there are many ways for young children to interact socially with their peers.  Many children love to observe their friends' activities and absorb a great deal of new information this way.  Parallel play, meaning children working side-by-side on separate activities, is also very common at this age.  As they continue to mature, they develop the ability to engage in true collaborative play, where they cooperate and socialize as they work together toward a common goal.  In these photos, you can observe our Toddler students engaged in all of these different types of social interactions. Over the course of the school year, the Toddler 2 students have formed loving and lasting friendships with their classmates.

Toddler 2 - June 1, 2018

End-of-Year Art Project

The Toddler 2 students were hard at work on an end-of-year art project this week. They were excited to create some beautiful hand-print art for their families.  It has been such a delight to see them grow in every way over the course of the past nine months!

Toddler 2 - May 25, 2018

Land, Air, and Water

The Toddler 2 students were eager to explore a new sorting activity: classifying various vehicles according to whether they travel on land, in the air or in the water.  As the Toddlers continue to grow and develop, they are able to perform increasingly abstract mental tasks such as differentiating between objects based on their purpose rather than physical attributes like size, shape or color.  Along the way, they are acquiring many interesting new vocabulary words like biplane, ATV and parachute.


End of Year Art Project

The Toddler 2 class was delighted to welcome several Toddler parents to the classroom this week to help the children with their end-of-year art project. They patiently showed the students how to color coffee filters with markers and use a spray bottle to turn their designs into beautiful tie-dye circles.  Later in the week, the students collaborated to combine their individual work into one large group piece.  The activity was so popular that many students asked to do it again the following day!  The work was quickly made available as an individual activity on the Art shelf and many Toddlers happily created one colorful design after another. Many thanks to the patient and creative parent volunteers!

Toddler 2 - May 18, 2018

The Brown Stair

The Brown Stair is a traditional Montessori material designed to teach the concepts of 'wide' and 'narrow.'  The Toddler 2 child carries the rectangular prisms to the rug one at a time and then carefully grades them from widest to narrowest.  If they are graded correctly, the prisms will form the shape of a staircase.  Once they have built the stairs, the child takes a bowl of "roll-able" objects from the shelf and tests each one on the staircase.  These objects provide what Maria Montessori called the "control of error" for the material: it clearly demonstrates to the child whether they have graded the prisms correctly, without the need for any adult correction or interruption.  If they have graded the prisms correctly, they get to see the various balls and cylinders bump satisfyingly down their staircase.  If they have made a mistake, the balls will roll off track and they will have to reassess their work.  In this way, children experience the joy of discovering the concept on their own, instead having the knowledge handed to them by a teacher.


Instruments

The Toddler 2 students were eager to explore a new material on the Language shelf
this week: object-to-picture matching with instruments.  They enjoyed finding some familiar favorites like a guitar, as well as learning some new instruments such as a clarinet, a French horn and a saxophone.


Visiting Primary Friends

Primary visits continued this week for the growing Toddler 2 students!  They were excited to explore new classrooms, meet new teachers and try new work.  Some children were lucky enough to spend time with older siblings, while others made new friends with their kind and welcoming student hosts.

Toddler 2 - May 11, 2018

Green Thumbs

The Toddler 2 students were delighted to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather with a special planting project last week.  Organized and led by our class parent, this activity introduced the children to the basic needs of plants: soil, water and sunlight.  They were excited to dig in the dirt, plant their seeds and water the soil alongside their friends on a beautiful morning.  Many thanks to our class parent for this wonderful experience!

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Preparing for Primary!

With the end of the school year on the horizon, the Toddler 2 class is looking ahead to Primary!  This week, the children began a series of short visits to neighboring Primary classrooms.  This will help them to understand and get excited about the upcoming transition, as well as help them become familiar with some of the Primary students, teachers and environments. In Primary 3, two older students graciously showed the Toddlers around the classroom.  Over the next several weeks, all of the Toddler students will have a chance to visit the various Primary classrooms.  We are so proud of their growth this year!

Toddler 2 - May 4, 2018

The Clip Activity

A new piece of work in the Practical Life area of the Toddler 2 classroom is learning to manipulate small clips onto the edge of a basket.  In addition to developing concentration, patience and eye hand coordination, this activity helps to strengthen the child's pincer grip. The pincer grip is essential for later skills in handwriting, and many Toddler classroom activities prepare the child indirectly by offering interesting ways to increase hand and finger strength.


Sponge Transfer

Another new Practical Life activity in the Toddler 2 class is using a sponge to transfer water between two sides of a container.  Like many water activities, this material invites children to find deep concentration and absorption as they repeat the exercise many times. This work also develops hand strength, which can be challenging for young children to develop in this age of easy access to smartphones and iPads.


Exploring the Toolbox

The Toddler 2 students were delighted to explore a wooden toolbox in the classroom this week.  They invented endless creative ways to use the material, strengthening their problem-solving skills in the process.  Most importantly, they often chose to use this work in pairs or small groups, which provided opportunities to practice such valuable skills as sharing, patience and conflict resolution.

Toddler 2 - April 27, 2018

Meeting Challenges

As some Toddler 2 students have mastered the large bead-stringing work, they have been introduced to the more challenging small bead-stringing.  A related activity is threading a string through the holes of a sewing card.  A Montessori principle is, "Never let a child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success."  After having built their skills and confidence through mastery of the large bead-stringing, the Toddlers are prepared for the new challenges of this work.


A Masterpiece

The Toddler 2 students proudly displayed the results of their multi-day painting project last
week!

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Math through Stamps

A new Math activity in the Toddler 2 classroom reinforces the connection between numerals one through five and their respective quantities.  The children enjoy using a paint stamper to carefully make the corresponding number of circles for each numeral. Throughout the year, the teachers find a variety of ways to reinforce these central and important Math concepts.


Shape Stencils

The Toddler 2 students were eager to get their hands on their new shape stencils this week.  This activity builds important skills in multiple subject areas:  It helps to build the hand strength and dexterity necessary for later writing work, reinforces knowledge of two-dimensional geometric shapes and provides a new avenue for artistic exploration.  The students have even added "circulo," "triangulo," and "cuadrado" to their growing vocabulary of Spanish words.


Signs of Spring

After a long wait, it is finally spring!  The Toddler 2 students have been enjoying long nature walks and learning the names of the various trees and flowers they observe.  In the classroom, they created beautiful cherry blossom collages by squishing tissue paper squares and gluing them onto a bare tree.

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