Toddler 2

Lower School - June 11,2019

Toddler 1

Todder 2

It has been a joy to watch the Toddler 2 students grow in independence, form wonderful friendships, and learn so much about the world around them this year.  We feel grateful to have spent the year in the company of such a lovely group of children, and we wish all of our beloved Toddler 2 families a delightful summer! 

Primary 1

The Primary 1 students made beautiful cards for Father’s Day, then a friend presented her Me Museum to the class. Everyone had so much fun playing Bingo on their last day of school!

Primary 2

Toddler 2 - June 7, 2019

Releasing the Butterflies

The Toddler 2 students were full of joy when they finally released their butterflies on the playground today. After weeks of caring for them as caterpillars, waiting patiently while they were in their chrysalises and observing them fly around the butterfly habitat in the classroom, they were delighted to let them fly free on a beautiful spring morning. It was a wonderful experience for the Toddlers to observe the entire life cycle, and we wish our butterflies good luck as their journey continues!

Geometric Solids

Having explored the Geometric Solids for several weeks, many Toddler 2 students can now confidently identify everything from a cone to an ovoid. This week, they enjoyed matching these three dimensional shapes to some of their real-life counterparts. They were delighted to discover that a can of soup is shaped like a cylinder, for example, and that a familiar egg-shaker from Music class is actually an ovoid.

End-of-Year Picnic

The Toddler 2 students enjoyed snacks, games and fun with their Toddler 1 friends during their end-of-year picnic on the playground. The children played with bubbles, made chalk drawings and danced together during their fun-filled time outside. It was a lovely way to celebrate the end of a wonderful year!

Toddler 2 - May 31, 2019

The Next Stage

The Toddler 2 community was so excited to move their caterpillar chrysalises to the butterfly habitat today! They watched carefully as Ms. April moved the lid of the caterpillar cup into a small stand inside the net. They decided to sing the caterpillar song to the chrysalises to help them get ready to transform into butterflies. We will be watching eagerly over the next week to see our butterflies emerge!

Feeding the Caterpillar

A favorite new activity for Toddler 2 students this week was "feeding the caterpillar," a character from one of their favorite books, Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar. They love feeding him the foods in the exact order in the book and remind him that he should eat leaves instead of human food so that he won't have a stomach ache.

New York City Landmarks

A new Language activity in the Toddler 2 classroom this week involves matching a variety of New York City landmarks to their pictures. The children have been delighted to identify familiar favorites like a taxi, a subway train and the Statue of Liberty and often share their own stories about encountering them in real life. They have also enjoyed learning about some interesting buildings in the city, such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and the Guggenheim Museum.

Toddler 2 - May 24, 2019

Exploring Color

The Toddler 2 students continued to explore the beautiful colors of their collaborative group painting project. A new Sensorial activity helps them to match the unique colors and introduces new vocabulary such as saffron, sea green, fuchsia, taupe and slate blue. Many children noticed the connection between the new activity and their painting and were eager to match the colorful circles to their corresponding places on the painting.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle's classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar has helped to enrich the Toddler 2 studies of caterpillars and butterflies. The children love to inch a tiny pipe-cleaner caterpillar through the holes in the book and help him munch his way through fruits, leaves and many other foods!

Caterpillar Crafts

The Toddler 2 students have found their own unique ways to explore caterpillars this week. They all enjoyed decorating butterfly collages with colorful sequins, feathers, tissue paper and paper they cut themselves. One student carefully illustrated an egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly and was delighted to match the figures to her picture. Another made a caterpillar out of playdough and was proud to show it off to his friends. We can't wait to see what our creative Toddler students will think of next!

Caterpillar Vocabulary

As they watch their own caterpillars continue to grow, Toddler 2 students are eager to learn more about their new favorite insects. They love to lay out the entire life cycle, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Since this vocabulary relates so closely to a topic of interest to the children, they absorbed the new information amazingly quickly and with special excitement.

Toddler 2 - May 17, 2019

Seeds & Plants

The Toddler 2 class continued their exploration of seeds and plants this week. The children were eager to observe the growth of their bean sprouts and herb plants! They especially loved looking closely at the growing plants through a magnifying glass. It is a delight to hear joyful exclamations of "Look, it's germinating!" throughout the morning.

Numeral & Quantity Recognition

In addition to numeral and quantity recognition, an important component of the Toddler Math curriculum is exploring three-dimensional geometric shapes. The Geometric Solids are a traditional Montessori material and a particular favorite of many Toddler 2 students. The shapes are alike in all qualities (color, size, weight, texture) except for their shapes, which allows the child to focus thoughtfully on this single attribute. The children are excited to learn the names of the different solids and love to experiment with the many ways the shapes can roll, spin, stack and balance.


The Toddler 2 students were delighted to welcome their caterpillars to the classroom! Everyone was eager to observe the tiny caterpillars and they are all looking forward to caring for them as they grow into beautiful butterflies. The class is grateful to Ms. Cristina and the Waterfront School Foundation for providing the Toddlers with such a wonderful learning experience!

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Toddler 2 - May 10, 2019

Spring Weather

The Toddler 2 students have been delighted to finally welcome the beautiful spring weather! They are enjoying the opportunity for unstructured time to play with friends, ride tricycles and scooters and observe the various animals that share our outdoor space. Several children were particularly protective of this worm and helped move it to the side of the playground to avoid being stepped on.

The Toddler 2 students completed their colorful group art project this week. They divided their gold-painted canvas into sections with masking tape and took turns painting each section with a special color of their choosing. When they took the tape off, they were excited to see stripes of gold running between the blocks of color. All week, the children have been eager to point out "their" colors on the finished painting and enjoy the beautiful results of their hard work!

Toddler 2 - May 3, 2019

Baby Doll Work

A favorite new piece of work in the Toddler 2 Practical Life area this week was giving the baby doll a bath. This multi-step activity requires the child to follow a careful sequence of directions, from cleaning the doll with a washcloth to drying her and putting her clothes back on. By inviting the child to act out an activity they may have observed at home, this work combines imaginative play with a connection to the real world. It also offers a wonderful opportunity for practicing "gentle hands" and "inside voices" so as not to startle the baby!

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

The Toddler 2 children continue to enjoy their weekly group snack of fresh fruit and vegetables provided by their wonderful classroom parents! Upper Elementary friends are always kind and helpful assistants. The Toddler 2 students have certainly learned to look forward to Thursdays!

‘Five Brown Buns’

A new Language material accompanies one of the Toddler 2 students' favorite songs, Five Brown Buns. A truly collaborative group activity, this piece of work allows up to six children to work together to act out the beloved rhyme.

Toddler 2- April 26, 2019

Earth Day

The Toddler 2 class welcomed some Lower Elementary students to the playground for an Earth Day planting project this morning. With some help from their older friends, the Toddlers planted their own collection of basil, chive, and cilantro seeds. Accompanied by Upper Elementary's Mr. Henry on guitar, everyone happily sang "The Garden Song" together to celebrate the beginning of spring!

Rainy Days

When a rainy day kept the students inside this week, the Toddlers still found a way to have a ball! They enjoyed the opportunity to play, dance and move energetically in the multipurpose room.

Visiting Primary

As the Toddler 2 students continue to grow and mature, they enjoy increasing opportunities to interact with the wider school community. This week, the Toddlers began their visits to the Primary classrooms, where they enjoyed experimenting with new work and interacting with their older friends. They are free to spend as much or as little time as they like in the new environment, and are always full of pride when they return to the Toddler classroom. They are already looking forward to being "big kids" next year!

Toddler 2 - April 18, 2019

Nesting Eggs

The Toddler students have been eager to tackle the challenge of opening and closing a collection of nesting Easter eggs this week. This activity requires excellent fine motor skills, as well as patience, persistence, concentration and hand-eye coordination. It also encourages the additional skill of color sorting, as they match each colorful pompom to its corresponding small and large egg.

Exploring Seeds

The T2 class is celebrating spring by exploring how seeds grow into plants. This week, we discussed how every plant needs water, sunlight, and soil to grow. We started by setting up dry kidney beans in tiny "greenhouses" of damp paper towels inside of plastic bags, taped to the outside door to get plenty of sun. Over the next few days, we will watch our seeds carefully to see how they begin to sprout!

Toddler 2 - April 12, 2019

Cylinder Boxes

The Cylinder Boxes are a Montessori Sensorial material that helps the young child learn to grade objects according to size. Toddler 2 students worked on the yellow Cylinder Box, which requires them to first sort the cylinders from largest to smallest and then carefully stack them into a tower. This activity requires thoughtful use of the visual sense, as well as good fine motor coordination to build the tower successfully.

Group Snack

The Toddler 2 students continued to enjoy our weekly group snack with fresh food provided by their supportive classroom parents! The children recently enjoyed exploring red, yellow and orange bell peppers: They had the opportunity to look inside the pepper, feel the seeds, smell the scent and of course taste the sweet and delicious fruit.

Scissor Skills

A new piece of work in the Toddler 2 classroom is cutting paper strips with small scissors. This challenging work requires eye-hand coordination, hand strength and coordination of several fine motor skills. It often interests and absorb Toddlers for long periods of time and can be easily adapted for the home environment. With a pair of child-appropriate scissors, a bowl and a supply of thin pieces of construction paper, many children will happily spend fifteen minutes or more carefully cutting the paper strips to pieces. They find great satisfaction in this work, and the resulting pieces are later used to make collages and other art projects.

Silhouette Matching

Toddler 2 students are using the new silhouette matching work from their Sensorial area. Having carefully laid out the cards showing the silhouettes of a variety of objects, the children match the corresponding objects to their shapes. This activity encourages visual discrimination and helps the children to understand the relationship between a three-dimensional object and the two-dimensional representation of that object on the card.

Picture Stories

Toddler 2 children are working on picture stories, a new activity in the Language area of the classroom this week. To use this work, a child chooses an interesting picture from a basket and glues it onto a piece of blank paper. Then, he or she narrates a story about the picture, which the teacher transcribes using the student's exact words. This encourages speech development, builds vocabulary and gives the Toddlers an opportunity to be creative "writers" before they are developmentally able to write themselves.

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