Even though Hurricane Dorian caused a hiccup in our schedule, the toddlers quickly adjusted to being at school anyway!
We’ve been seeing lots of smiles now throughout the day. We’re witnessing sweet interactions with peers, friendly eye contact, offerings for help, peek-a-boo at the tunnel, and shared rides in the wagon.
While the routines and rituals follow the same sequence every day, what’s in the class changes.
Currently, we have a wild animal theme:
There is a safari truck to push around. It has small cutouts and wooden safari animals that fit inside.
Baby wild cats in sets to match … but wait … there is only one baby black panther! It is always fun to see who will notice!
Vinyl wild animal representations and cards are available to match. One student collects them all (when available) and takes them places.
There are some simple wild animal puzzles and some more complex.
There are wild animal magnets for the fridge in sets of two.
Toddlers usually like to match. They find the same ones, matching object to object, object to card, and card to card. Objects are most concrete, representations second, and cards offer the most abstract idea of a thing. We love offering the toddlers real things to see, feel and explore, but representations are easier to bring into the classroom.
There is a monkey body with magnetic spots where arms, legs, a tail and a head can be attached.
There are two-piece puzzles with wild animal mommy and baby to match.
At group time, we’ve been reading Eric Carle’s “From Head to Toe.” We thump our chests like a gorilla, and bend our necks like a giraffe. It is always fun when a book lets us participate with movement.
Another Eric Carle book, “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” lets us roar like a lion. These classics are usually favorites throughout the year, and they will re-emerge on rainy days.