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We will start in Toddler Two…

Whether it be using their fine motor skills to carefully peel the Valentine’s Day stickers to stick them on to the paper, gripping the tongs to maneuver pom-poms back and forth from bowl to bowl, rearranging flowers or grasping the paint brush to make a very special gift, the Senior Toddler’s focused very hard on each task they took on.

The best thing about “loose parts” in the classroom is to watch how the children use their imagination to use the parts in different ways. For example, a pool noodle that was cut into small sponges.

A little bit of tape can go a long way…the teachers added tape to the table to create some major highways for the Todds to ride all night long!

They may be little, but these Toddler’s have some big hearts!

The Preschool class showed some heart too! Painting hearts that would later be added on to the their very own Valentine’s day bag.

When you think of Valentine’s Day, some may think of flowers, the Preschool class definitely did, and worked on rearranging and creating bouquets of their own.

They continued to put their creativity to work during open art, story time, and playing at the Small World table too!

We will go back up the stairs into the Toddler One classroom where they worked together to make sensory bottles.

What’s another way to use a cardboard box? As a graffiti display of course. The Toddler One class used their little pincer grasps to decorate the otherwise boring box, and got their hands messy when putting the paintbrush to paper.

The best part of the week? Getting out in all the snow!

From the main to the coach house, let’s take a look into the Senior Preschool classroom this week…where dinosaurs roamed the earth once again.

Where they practiced their writing, mastered their patterning, and had a discussion on what they love the most.

To add to that list…we also love the extra curricular programs that visit us here at The House. Like, Yoga!, Meditating Munchkins, and M is for Music too!

We can also add LONG WEEKENDS to that list! From our Family to yours, we wish you all a very happy Family Day!

The Chartwell House.

 

Children: 100% washable; towel dry. Let them Play!

“Play is nature’s way of teaching children how to solve their own problems, control their impulses, modulate their emotions, see from other’s perspectives, negotiate differences, and get along with others as equals. There is no substitute for play as a means of learning these skills. – Peter Gray.

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If you were to browse through the classrooms you would notice, and hear children at play. However, if you were to browse through each classroom and observe, and listen to the children at play, you would notice it’s more than just “playing.” A toddler dumping and pouring sand into a container is not just a mess, this toddler is exploring gravity, weight, muscle control, cause and effect, and self-awareness. When a tower of blocks is being built, it’s not just to knock over and make a loud sound, but it’s building fine motor skills, patience, and problem-solving skills. When a preschool child is giving a baby a drink, and feeding their baby, this looks adorable, but they are also gaining self-help skills, and as they tip over the glass to give their baby a drink, they are practicing life-skills too! And when a child offers you a cup of coffee, but it’s just an empty pink plastic tea-cup? It’s your turn to play.

Let’s press play on what happened this week at The House.

We will start in the Senior Preschool classroom where the interest in transportation kept rolling as they took a much closer look at the different types of trains. Go trains!

Look at this concentration below! They have mastered that pincer-grasp. Here the Seniors are tracing the letters of the alphabet, which just so happens to be within a train. Not only are they tracing the letters, but without realizing it they are working on their letter recognition too! Hidden learning is happening! Sneaky teachers.

The train theme kept chugging along as they put sponge to paper to create their own train paintings.

And when life gives you flowers…you do a science experiment.
Add the food colouring to the water in the vase, and then as the flower drinks up the water, the food colouring starts to die the white flowers giving them a boost of colour.

After the Ice Day, our outdoor space turned into an ice rink, and since we had no skates, we gathered around Mr. Singh, one of our student teachers, and together the Senior’s of the House made colourful playdough.

The Senior’s were not the only ones who made playdough, across the way in Preschool, they too gathered together to mix the ingredients to create their own ‘dough.

At the beginning of the week, the Preschool squad attempted the “Avocado Experiment,” where you take the pit of the avocado, stick toothpicks into the pit to be able to submerge the bottom of the pit into water. As the bottom of the pit sits in water, the top of the pit is where the avocado tree will start to grow….or so we hope! As the week went on, the Preschool children have kept their eye on the ‘cado and have even made their own drawings of the experiment too! Stay tuned as we wait to see what happens…

The Preschool children also got their paint on this week, from painting on mirrors to painting on walls…you did not read that wrong, I did say they painted on mirrors and on walls…See below for proof.

The next few photos below may look as though the Preschool children built towers with blocks, however, when asked, they explained that they were building sandcastles on the beach…sounds to me like we are not the only ones wanting that beach vacation!

Speaking of the beach…the small world play in Preschool was set up just so.

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With a few new pieces in the dramatic centre, the children took to setting the table…

And when we were able to play outdoors…both the Senior and Preschool children explored the puddles before they froze over during the Ice Age.

With the ice and cold keeping us indoors the toddlers of the House decided to start a band. They created guitars using recycled Kleenex boxes and elastic bands, drums using recycled formula bins, and shakers using tin bowls.

And they have been jamming out all week…because who wants to work when you can bang on your drums all day!

The music was just fine coming from the Toddler classroom and as you walked over into the Senior Toddler classroom, you know what else was fine? These motor skills. Their little hands thread the pipe-cleaner through the beads, maneuvered the people to line them up in a row, and built a bridge for the people to cross, all moving carefully to complete the task at hand.

The fine motor skills continued as they carefully painted the Popsicle sticks that formed a house shape. They concentrated hard to paint just the sticks…

 The Seniors got all that extra stored up energy out when Monkeynastix paid a visit this week. Ms. Heather put them to work!

Suzie stopped by The House too!

Now sing it with me, THE WEEKEND IS HERE!

Over and out.

The Chartwell House.

January was so yesterday.

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You win Winter.

It’s a car, it’s a plane, it’s a train…it’s the focus this week in the Senior Preschool classroom…it’s transportation! That’s right, it was all things that GO GO GO!

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The decision to practice their cutting skills with scissors, or put the paintbrush to paper was up in the air!

With cars being a close second to the Senior’s favourite type of transportation, Ms. Shannon and Ms. Hillis transformed the block area to a busy highway! And they made a substitution on the paintbrushes, and used cars instead…zooming the cars across the paper to create fast art!

Then they slowed things right down as the Senior’s dug, and dozed through the dirt. sandpit

When they weren’t focused on all things transportation, they used their imagination, and markers to create…

Not pictured are the multiple dance parties the Seniors had to get all the cooped up energy out from being stuck inside yet another week because of Antarctic being outside. They danced to a classroom favourite, “Thunder,” by Imagine Dragons, and of course, “Let it Go,” which should be ‘frozen’ by now, but continues to be a favourite as well. They seem to have only a few go-to songs, but they can dance! And dance they did!

Let’s boogie on over to Preschool….where they kept things pretty cool by adding ice to the sensory bin.

The Preschool teacher’s let the children choose their type of paintbrush, which allowed them to see the different lines that were created, and felt the different textures as the brush hit the paper.

When the children sit down for lunch, the teachers tend to listen and sometimes take part in the conversations that happen around the table. Like Ms. Marney, she listened to her table as they were trying to rhyme words together. And for the most part, they were understanding and rhyming words like “cat,” and “hat.” Ms. Marney used this as a learning moment and gave an example of a rhyme, “there was a rat on the mat.” Her group took it in and then repeated it. And then in response to Ms. Marney, although close, was worth the post…”there was rice…on Ms. Marney’s head.”

We will take things upstairs into the Toddler district where the youngest of the group took care of even younger little ones, working on their self-help skills, washing and changing the babies.

And then you can walk over into the Junior Preschool classroom where things started to cool down…it was all things Arctic and this time it was for the older Toddlers.

They also had free range when it came to putting crayons to taped down paper, putting their fine motor and pincer-grasp to work.

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 And before the Ice Age….Dinosaurs?

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Speaking of Dinosaurs, Ms, Rachelle from “M is for Music” kept the dinosaur theme going….

It is Friday, and that means FRENCH! Madame S had the children matching the name to the right house pet!

Where there’s a Friday….there’s a weekend close by!

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Chartwell House.

Anyone else dreaming of a white sand beach?

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Maybe now…

Before the photos come, I will let you get as relaxed as you would on a beach…

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Ready? Let’s begin.

The House was busy this week with Suzie bringing that Sunshine, Monkeynastix helping us cure the winter blues and getting that stored energy out, Ms. J got the toddlers up off their feet during Movin’ & Groovin, Mr. McCoy put the Preschoolers into action during Karate, Ms. S brought French to Friday introducing different pets en Francais, and all things were cool and calm when Ms. Sara introduced snow-ga during her Yoga visit.

The Ice Age continued in the Toddler classroom this week, where they’ve been frozen in time exploring all things Arctic related.

They took the car-wash like paintbrush to paper using white paint, spreading the paint across the black construction paper that later turned into Owls!

I don’t know how they do this without laughing the whole time, but they got their palms painted to create more Arctic animals.

And to stick to the Arctic ways, they painted with ice-cubes! The teachers added food-colouring to water then freezing the cubes to create a new way for the children to feel the ice melting against the paper as they created their masterpieces.

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It may have been too chilly for the Todds to explore the outdoors, but they did learn all about layering…

The older toddler classroom continued with the layers, as they layered one brick on top of the next, taking a risk each time they stacked another one on top. Risky play builds character!

The curiosity of just how tall they can build towers does not stop as you grow older, the Seniors of the House tested the limits too!

Back in the main house and up the stairs, the Senior Toddlers were also busy painting, and working on that letter recognition as they painted over the first letter of their name.

You are never too young to change your first diaper! Here the Senior Toddlers are working on a few self-help skills using the babies in the dramatic centre to do so. Pulling and sticking the taps of the diaper are working out those fine motor skills too!

I wouldn’t think diaper changing would be a fan favourite in the House, but imitation is a great way for children to learn and so as they observe their teachers they take in what they see and go for it themselves. Preschool joined in on the diaper fad too.

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This week in Preschool wasn’t all about the fine motor skills of changing a diaper it was also all about working with loose parts, and the construction it takes to build things and then getting to deconstruct what they built to learn just how things work. Loose parts spike children’s curiosity, imagination, and creativity they allow the child to explore and think independently while carrying, moving, transporting, designing and redesigning over and over again. What may look like a pine tree branch to you, could be a broom, a paint brush, a duster or even a magic wand to a child. The Preschool children let their imaginations run wild this week as the teachers provided different loose parts for them to explore.

What would you make with a cube of clay?

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A giraffe you say…okay, we got this!

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As we leave Preschool and head into Senior Preschool, we discover that when it’s too cold to go outside, you bring the outdoors inside.

The Seniors like the Toddlers, have been exploring the Arctic and taking polls while they’re at it…name your favourite Arctic animal:

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“PB for the win!” – Ms. Shannon

Although the next one didn’t take the cake on the polls, the children did enjoy waddling like penguins across the paper with their bare feet dipped in paint…

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When they weren’t using their feet they were using their hands working at the writing station, and painting.

And because photos say a thousand words, I’m going to let the next few photos do the talking…here’s more of what was happening in the Senior Preschool classroom…magnet play, constructing a home for both the fairy’s and for the arctic animals, working with the scale, what weights more? and working our colour recognition too! Busy busy busy!

With the temperatures keeping us indoors more than we’d like, the Seniors and the Toddlers came up with an idea…a book club. The Seniors of the House each choose a book to share with a toddler, and together they look through the pages. Reading buddies!

And my read right now is….the weekend is here!

Stay warm!

The Chartwell House.

Snow eh?

Before we dive into what happened at The House this week, I’d like to take a second to thank the Chartwell teachers. It’s not an easy job working with children every day, and when we are stuck inside because it’s too cold to go outside, it does not get any easier, and so I thank you.

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Now, well now we can dive in!

When it’s snowing outside, and the temperature has dropped well below zero, it’s no wonder there was an interest in all things Arctic up in the Toddler classroom this week. Penguins, and seals, and polar bears…oh my!

It was a snow-ball of fun in the sensory bin! The little hands molded snowballs with the playdough, and worked those fine-motor skills when dumping, pouring, and scooping with the snow-dough.

Across the way, the older toddlers were working their motor skills just fine too! Rolling the playdough between their fingers, and grasping the tongs to transfer the jewels from one bowl to the next.

Speaking of transferring one thing to the next, working together the senior toddlers built a bridge using the blocks to get them from one side of the classroom to the other side of the classroom.

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Not only did they build a bridge together, they created stamp masterpieces together too!

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Down the stairs in the Preschool classroom they too were working together, along with a few special guests…where they go, the furry friends follow.

And someone must have said something funny, because it was all smiles at the sensory bin while a few Preschool friends gathered to fill up their cups.

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For the Seniors of the House, they have been busy working hard on tracing their names with their pincer-grasps, and focusing hard on learning how to zip up their zippers. They are so close to getting ready for outside all by themselves! Ms. Hillis and Ms. Shannon are quite proud of their little zippers!

Senior Preschool parents, have a look at what is happening in this photo below…

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That’s right, they are washing the dishes! Need some extra hands around the kitchen, they’ve got you covered!

The Seniors of the House puzzled, worked on their scissor skills while cutting and pasting, and explored when playing with the zoo animals.

We all may have been stuck indoors for most of the week as temperatures dropped a little too low, but when we were finally able to enjoy some fresh air….we enjoyed some fresh air to the fullest!

We also enjoyed ringing in the New Year with Ms. Rachelle during her visit with “M is for Music!” And we continued to learn about our “famille” with Ms. S. matching the name of our family member in French with the photo!

From our family to yours, we wish you all a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the snow! And stay safe.

The Chartwell House.

141 days till Summer!

But today, well today feels like…minus seventeen.

The ground may be frozen, and the air may be crisp and it may be too cold to explore the outdoors, but things at Chartwell were just heating up. Monday: Suzie Sunshine. Tuesday: Monkeynastix. Wednesday: Movin’ and Groovin’ for the Toddlers, and Karate for Preschool. Thursday: Yoga. Friday: French. And you know what else happens on Friday?  We PARTY! Which means we dance, which means it doesn’t matter that it currently feels like Antarctica outside, because inside…like Pete says, “it’s all good!”

We will start this party in the Senior Preschool classroom…

This week the Seniors of the House tackled many different skills including their, matching skills, zipper skills, mixing skills, number and shape skills, writing skills, and more. They worked on their fine-motor skills as they attempted to draw their own shapes. They’ve been working on their penmanship as they traced the letter of their names. They put paintbrush to paper. They’ve been independently attempting to zip their jackets. They explored the deep blue sea as they put on goggles and went scuba-diving through the classroom. And they also really enjoyed watching Ms. Shannon and Ms. Hillis dance to a classroom favourite, “Tooty-Ta.” When it’s too cold to go outside, you do the “Tooty-Ta!”

We will keep this party going as we step into the Preschool classroom, where they were busy playing with the cloud-dough in the sensory bin, creating winter inspired art, concentrating hard as they used scissors to cut along the lines on the paper, and with a spike of interest in horses, they built land for them to roam.

Did the party continue upstairs? You can bet on it, the Junior Preschooler’s did!

Using poker chips, the Juniors of the House worked on their patterning, and colour recognition.

And got their hands into the playdough that Ms. B made!

They used their hand-eye, and fine motor skills to fit the puzzles pieces together, all while learning the different shapes.

The best part about exploring loose parts, and blocks is learning all about what happens when you build a tower too high, or when you push pieces together and they stick, but when you pull them apart, they are no longer together! When you are first learning about these things…it is mind-blowing!

The Juniors were not alone when it came to building towers, the Toddlers took to the blocks too, and built an empire.

The best way for a Toddler to learn is through their senses. And this week, it was all about touch for the Todds.

And my senses….I feel the weekend is here! Enjoy!

The Chartwell House.

 

New Year. Same Blog.

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We hope you all enjoyed ringing in the New Year! Here’s to 2019! 

“Another year over, and a new one just begun…”

That’s right, 2018 was so last year, we’ve moved on!  2019 is here and it’s looking bright! Seriously…I’m looking outside the window right now, and the sun is shining!

What else is shining?….your little superstars! And so I won’t keep the spot light any longer, I will let them shine…first up, Toddlers.

It may have been a short week, but the youngest of the House kept busy building towers, creating cities, colouring snowmen, working on their shapes, and taking a closer look at  animal prints while outdoors.

The creative sparks were flying when the Toddlers were given the glue, paint, paper, and more. The three photos pictured below are of three little ones showing off their hand-eye coordination. Look at that form…

It may take the toddler’s some time to gear-up for the cold, but as soon as they take over the outside grounds, they are ready to explore…and this week, they found animal tracks! Lion, tigers, and bears in the backyard? Oh my.

While the youngest explored the outdoors, the Junior Preschool class explored all things indoors.

Filling, pouring, pouring, filling, may sound like it would create a mess, but it’s also another way children develop their fine motor skills, as well as math concepts like less or more. They learn as they pour, or transfer items from one place to another.

They continued their fine-motor skills as they coloured, grasping the crayons with their pincers as well as without knowing it, learning their colours too! They also built with shapes, learning both the angles, and size and how they may fit together like a puzzle.

Does it fly in the sky, run fast on land or swim in the ocean blue? Choose wisely.

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I know what moves fast outside on land and snow…Preschool. Preschool moved their classroom beyond walls this week, and enjoyed the crisp air, and fresh coat of snow that layered the yard.

And when inside, they got their hands messy in the sensory bin with the water beads. Again, the children are exploring and learning all about height, weight, less and more while scooping, pouring and filling the different containers with the beads.

The sensory bin adventures continue in the Senior Preschool classroom, where you could find them washing the dinosaurs.

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And they brought the loose parts into play, while playing with the different animals, and building their own shapes too.

Well…that shaped up nicely I will finish here. That was this week in photos, stay tuned for next week’s post where we welcome back Suzie, Monkeynastix, Movin’ & Groovin, Karate, and Yoga too! 2019…bring it on!

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