St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and the PADDY has started here at the House!
Sorry, no SHAM here, the Irish puns ROCK! Just Dublin the fun this week…
Let’s see what the wee ones got up to!
It was all sensory play in the Toddler district. Both Toddler classrooms worked those fine-motor skills when diving into the sensory bins.
Five Key Benefits of Sensory Play:
- Builds nerve connections within the developing brain’s neural pathways, which trigger a child’s inclination for and ability in competing more complex learning tasks.
- Supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
- Aids in developing and enhancing memory functioning.
- Is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
- Helps children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry, etc.).
The youngest of the House also explored loose parts when collecting different sized lids from recycled items – stack, fill, dump, repeat. A major highlight and excitement for Toddler’s is the process of filling something up, and then dumping that something out. They are not just making a mess, they are learning all about size, volume, incline, force, gravity, and cause and effect. So what may look like “making a mess,” is actually a long term project of figuring out the relationship between a container and the objects that fit inside.
They continued to work the fine-motor skills when manipulating the toddler-proof scissors when cutting through the slime, and using a pizza slicer to divide the playdough into pieces. Look at those little hands work!
The hard work continued in the Toddler Two classroom, as they too used proper form when rolling and cutting the playdough.
And focusing hard with their hand-eye coordination when threading green pasta dyed with care by Ms. B.
They kept those little hands busy while creating some St. Paddy’s Day inspired art.
The Toddler Two’s added the gold to the pot, but Preschool and Senior Preschool added what they would do with that pot of gold…
The Preschool classroom put their pot of gold together, to welcome a new friend to the classroom! Chartwell Families meet….Timbit. Timbit, Chartwell Families.
Timbit is a Betta fish coming all the way from PetSmart. Our Preschool friends have a big responsibility with Timbit, helping keep his home clean, and his little Betta belly full.
Now back to our regular scheduled programming…
Preschool kept the thread game going when weaving in and out of the holes around the four leaf clover.
The St. Paddy’s Day creative continues…
So does the sensory play, beneficial for all ages!
Including the Seniors of the House.
And the art…
The Senior classroom worked on their number recognition, fine motor and matching skills all at the same time when using the tongs to carefully place the right amount of jewels on to the clover.
Together the Seniors made green playdough, helping add the ingredients before adding all things green to the dough!
The teachers added shapes and St. Paddy’s Day inspired drawings and patterns on the light box for the children to follow! What a bright idea!
It wasn’t all green in the classroom, they took a closer look at all colours and explored colouring mixing too.
Speaking of mixing, we mixed a little bit of French into our Friday today, when Ms. S stopped into the Preschool classrooms to teach the children their fruits en Francais. After learning the name of the fruit, they were challenged to find the fruit Madame S would announce…find the…ananas!
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
The Chartwell House.