AUGUST 2019

Hummingbird

Hello and welcome to the Hummingbird Class!

We are excited for a new school year, and so far we have had a wonderful start. The children that have returned from the previous year have jumped right back into the routine. They have been so helpful with their new classmates. We appreciate all the support from the parents. Thank you for walking the children to the door at drop off. It has also been helpful to have the proper lunchboxes and containers provided.

Throughout the day the children have the opportunity to drink water whenever they would like. At the table, they have their own cup with their picture and a small pitcher. They have received a lesson on how to fill the pitcher with drinking water and also how to pour it in their small glass. With the younger toddlers that are still learning to control the pitcher they typically get help filling it up with a small amount of water. This is great practice to control their moto skills, and they also love being able to work with water!

Next week we will begin baking in the class. We will be making banana bread. Even in the toddler community, they can begin baking with much independence. The banana bread ingredients will be ready and measured out individually into bowls. The children will pour the ingredients and stir it on their own. With the help of the adult, they place the mixture into a baking mold and into the oven. This is a treat they get to enjoy at lunchtime. 

Links for drinking items:

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90091996/

https://www.montessoriservices.com/italian-bistro-pitcher-8-oz

Banana Bread recipe: This has been made for a small class portion

BANANA BREAD

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons oil

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup banana

Method

  1. Mash well ripened bananas in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Mix baking powder, baking soda, flour and sugar.

  3. Add mashed bananas and oil. Stir well. This batter will be very thick.

  4. Spoon ingredients into a greased (or spray with Pam) a 9x5x3" loaf pan or muffin tins.

  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for approximately 15 to 20 minutes for muffins. (35 minutes for small loaves)

    With love,

    Ms. Becky and Ms. Dinora

 
 


Butterfly

Welcome to the Butterfly Toddler’s House!

We are so happy to have you join us this fall semester. It is amazing to see in how little time our toddler’s have quickly adjusted to their transition to school and getting a hang of our daily routine little by little. We are looking forward to discovering the capabilities your toddler has and learning all the great ways you can help your toddler gain more independence at home or even outside of your house! We have much to share with you!!

Thank you to everyone that joined us in our first parent meeting this month to go over some of the expectations we have in the classroom as well as some of the events happening this school year like charity events and family socials. It has been so helpful that everyone has been bringing in extra clothes when dirty/wet clothes are sent back; it makes it so much easier for us and your toddler. If you were unable to make the first classroom meeting, do not fret, we will have another one coming up soon. I encourage everyone to join us in the classroom meetings to get to know a bit more of our Montessori philosophy as well as a chance to get to know more of what goes on in the classroom on a day to day basis. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to hear more about during these meetings, please don’t hesitate to ask—I want to provide information you know you will benefit from. 

This month our toddlers very much enjoyed the parfait snacks we provide with cherries, bananas, granola and yogurt. Our older toddlers help in pitting the cherries with the cherry pitter. I have added the recipe down below and a link of the cherry pitter we use in the classroom to prepare the cherries for snack. Aside from snack, we have found that the song “Baby Shark” is a hit for all our toddlers and brings us all together as it attracts everyone to our circle time. We will continue to share our most popular songs at circle time throughout the year. 

Banana Cherry Parfait

Ingredients:

Bananas, Cherries, Granola, Greek Yogurt

Instructions:

• Slice bananas

• Pit and slice cherries in half

• Scoop of yogurt

• Sprinkle granola on top

Cherry Pitter from forsmallhands.com and chopper to slice cherries and banana from amazon.com

https://www.forsmallhands.com/cherry-olive-pitter?m2k_source=googleprod&utm_source=googleprod&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=D405&gclid=CjwKCAjw1_PqBRBIEiwA71rmtbkLl5eIiWR0yUQi4MpSeDLX4rjoXG27Cs57hDpq2M36AHU5BpKDKBoC8y8QAvD_BwE

https://www.amazon.com/Fruit-Vegetable-Chopper-Stainless-Colors/dp/B0001XXCYC/ref=asc_df_B0001XXCYC/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=194938015190&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=489731126824446933&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9060410&hvtargid=pla-314501723651&psc=1

Thank you for your continuous support and trust in helping aid these toddler’s development. We look forward to working and sharing experiences of your child’s capabilities and milestones. 

Warmly,

Ms. Rebeca and Ms. Jenny

 
 






Lauren Franchek