Friday, January 27, 2012

We are busy in the toddler room, working together, using our imagination, and taking care of our classroom.

Thank you for caring for your classroom Ryan!

Its important to have clean windows to see the snow fall, birds flying, and squirrels scampering.
Mmmmm Blueberry pancakes

Hello? We've been making lots of phone calls this week. We have called a lot of friends and family members.

Washing our dishes together

Mmmm...thank you Stick and Stone Farm for the yummy carrots!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Celebrating and then some...

It's been a busy few weeks. We have been celebrating the Chinese New Year and much, much more...

Leo and Boden work together to decorate our dragon head!

Carter focused for almost an hour making his dragon puppet. He made sure to make it very colorful with lots of details.

Simon made lanterns to decorate his home and the classroom.

Gavin colors the phases of the moon. We learned that Chinese New Year begins after the new moon.

Rachel draws dragons with Simon and Joseph in honor of the year of the dragon.

Carter makes patterns on the light box.

Leo follows the directions for how to make a PB and J roll up.

Then, he eats it all up!

Calea sounds out her words and then writes them.

Busy day for Calea. After writing she decides to count to 100!

Lucy practices her bow tying skills on this fun puzzle of different types of shoes.

Jordy decorates her bunny with torn pieces of tissue paper.

Connor Counts to 100!

Leo focuses on moving all the colored pegs to different areas. This material is great fine motor practice (pre-writing work--even though he loves to write already)!

Boden counts to 10 with stickers.

Joseph likes this material too!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A video for your viewing pleasure.

This is fun and exciting stuff!!

Back from break and busier than ever!

We have been exploring colors...

Connor uses drops of colored water to mix the primary colors.

Carter makes a color wheel with different combinations of the primary colors. See how he follows the visual code.
Connor uses the primary and secondary colors to trace his name. Beautiful fine motor practice!

Stella practices writing the secondary colors.

Katie has been exploring colors with the transparent color wands. Here she shows us how to make purple! (You have to hold them up to the light to see the color) Good choice of clothing for this day too!

Katie, the artist, mixes her colors to get just the right shade she's looking for.

Noni explores colors around our classroom. First she matched all the color tabs and then she searched for colors in our classroom.

Meet our newest addition to the classroom :Snowbell. She was outside, but we thought she'd be cozier inside. Seems like she has taken to this "Montessori thing" quite naturally.

Calea traces a snowflake on our light box. Check out her pencil grip.

Friends working to complete this very long matching work.

In addition to painting, Katie enjoys baking in her spare time. This material teaches children how to proper measure out dry ingredients. The flour also feels nice and soft on our hands.

Leo follows the guide and practices his lower case letters on the chalkboard.

Kai matches snowflakes. Each snowflake is as unique as the children at Namaste!

Joseph goes nuts for nuts!