Toddler ADM: October 2020
Hello Everyone, How is October over already? The children have been so busy with materials throughout the various areas of the classroom (also known as the prepared environment or environment), they still managed to make sure they check in with each other. They will occassionally wave to one another while they take a break from working, or we […]
How is October over already? The children have been so busy with materials throughout the various areas of the classroom (also known as the prepared environment or environment), they still managed to make sure they check in with each other. They will occassionally wave to one another while they take a break from working, or we would overhear a child saying, “You are my friend!” It has been such a pleasure being in the classroom with them and watching them adapt to the routines of the classroom. Take time reading through all of the information below, and we hope you enjoy the pictures!
Toddler Development and Limits
As your children grow, they are experiencing the world around them and gathering information through their senses. They are problem solvers trying to figure out how to be a person in society, and through trial and error figure out how to achieve their goals. Sometimes a goal may include getting a cookie before dinner, and the reaction to hearing a version of “No” sets off the sirens and tears. If the behavior that erupts as a response to that “No” (ie. screaming or crying) gets them that cookie, those little scientists have learned through cause and effect: “If I want a cookie, I must scream and cry to get it.” This is why you set a limit. You must follow through! It may be painful the first 11 times, but perhaps that 12th time it clicked, “When she says it’s not time for a cookie, then it really is not the time for a cookie.”
Consistency and teamwork from adults is also important. If one parent makes a limit, but the other does not follow through, your child will be confused due to mixed messages. Make time with your partner to come up with rules and boundaries for your home.
- Positive Discipline: The First Three Years: From Infant to Toddler–Laying the Foundation for Raising a Capable, Confident Child by Jane Nelsen (A favorite)
- The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel
Please make sure that you have signed up for your child’s conference that will be taking place through Zoom. If you have not done so yet, you can click HERE. You will get a chance to talk with Ms. Michelle and myself for 25 minutes to discuss your child.
Songs and Books
Let’s Go Trick or Treat
(to the tune of Let’s Go Fly A Kite)
Let’s go trick or treat
All up and down the street
Let’s go trick or treat and get some candy
I’ll be a big black bat
You’ll be a kitty cat
Oh let’s go, trick or treat
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on the gate
The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “There’s magic in the air.”
The third one said, “Oh, I don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run, Let’s run.”
The fifth one said, “It’s Halloween fun.”
W-o-o-o went the wind and out (clap) went the light
Five little pumpkins rolled out of sight
- “Are You My Monster” by Amanda Noll
We would like to welcome Bodhi to our Toddler ADM classroom! If your child has been telling you of a new friend, here he is!
Some Halloween themed materials were added throughout the classroom. There were spiders, pumpkins, and monster fingers!
Corn kernel picking was definietly a hit!
We reached that point in the year where you may be receiving a lot of pipe cleaners with colorful beads, which is part of our bracelet making work.
We enjoyed reading, taking notes while on a phone call, taking care of Baby Rosy, and looking through our classroom family album.
Important dates coming up:
Tuesday, November 3rd: Election Day AND 5pm Dismissal for ADM
Friday, November 13th: Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, November 20th: Parent Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, November 25th: Pajama Day AND 11:45 Dismissal for ALL children
Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th: ALL SCHOOL CLOSED
Thank you so much!
Ms. Dominique and Ms. Michelle
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