JMS NEWSLETTER

Toddler Community News

Hello Toddler Families!
We have officially transitioned to our new staffing in the Toddler Community!   First of all a big thank you to Lynn for all she has done for this program – we will miss her!  Routines will stay the same and we anticipate a smooth changeover for the children.  You all know me, Amy, and I will continue in the classroom as the Lead Guide.  Please help me in welcoming our new Toddler Assistant, Teresa Riley-Boecker. She has jumped right in and the children have warmed up to her with ease!  

Our morning work cycles have a beautiful rhythm to them these days!  The children have become comfortable in our Toddler Community and their days are busy and joyous!  Children at this age are active learners and when their hands are engaged in work, their learning potential is maximized.  The opportunities and experiences of purposeful work in our environment create happy individuals.  To give you a “peek” into our morning here is some info about the work cycle.

The work cycle for the toddler age is about 2 hours.  There are four basic areas in the Toddler Community.  The two largest areas of interest are “practical life” and “language”. 

  1. Practical life activities consist of things the child does to function in life like dressing and taking care of herself/himself and the environment.  Some of the practical life activities the children choose are; dressing frames (velcro, snap, zipper, etc.), brushing their hair, watering the plants, flower arranging, handwashing, dishwashing, wood polishing, mopping, and sweeping.  
  2. The language section supports learning object names and the overall development of the child’s language.  They participate in small language groups and can use the materials individually as well.  There are baskets of real objects, plastic representations of real objects, and picture cards. Books, poetry, singing, and conversation are all used to support language development.
  3. There are two other smaller areas in the Toddler Community, “a manipulative section” and “self-expression”.
    1. The manipulative section helps to support in hand-eye coordination.  This includes activities such as puzzles, blocks, stringing beads, shape sorting, pegs.  We have a wide variety of manipulatives and these are rotated weekly to keep interest fresh!
    2. Self-expression activities give the child a chance to explore different arts.  We sing and dance, play instruments, paint, draw with crayon, use clay.  Again we have a wide variety of these activities and enhance and rotate them weekly.  Many of these activities also provide support to hand-eye coordination and large/fine motor development.

Our morning work cycle wouldn’t be complete without regular trips to the bathroom and a healthy snack served family style!

November Dates to Remember
November 10: Picture Retake Day
November 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
November 30: No School, Conference Day

It was great to see some families at conference time and look forward to seeing the rest of you next time!

All our best!  Amy and Teresa