Last week was filled with learning a few different routines, as well as making new friends. For many of the toddlers, the classroom was a completely new environment, but they quickly jumped in. The children engaged in exploration, old friends got reacquainted, they practiced Grace and Courtesy during snack time and a lot of self-care. They are such independent little human beings.
They spent their time building, chopping fruits and vegetables, helping one another, listening to music, climbing the playground structure, setting and busing tables. We are often amazed at what our toddlers can do, but they are too!
We also began our toilet learning routine; everyone is practicing dressing and undressing themselves with eagerness.
Having consistent routines in place helps toddlers to develop a strong sense of security. Knowing that they will do the same thing at the same time every day brings a peaceful calm to their little souls and their growing sense of order.
Maria Montessori observed that there are “Sensitive periods” when a child has an especially strong sensitivity towards a particular piece of knowledge or skill. The article goes into more detail on that. I hope it is helpful!
We look forward to all the great things this week has to offer.
A blog by various Alcuin staff members.