Box Forts & Messy Play!
The start of a fun box fort creation the toddler 2 class is doing this week. Stay tuned to see what else they come up with!
Snowed In Day
Every year at TLC, we put on a center wide "snowed in" day. During the winter the kids spend a lot of time inside, so we like to dedicate a day to getting messy and having fun inside! Take a look at what each class did for their extra messy activity.
Infants + Young Explorers
Love is in the Air
Ms. Jenna's toddlers are getting a head start on valentines day with these adorable heart crafts. Putting their pictures and names by their art work for everyone to see is not only adorable, but helps communicate to the children that we value their work and they can take pride in a job well done!
Ms. Jenna's toddler 2 class went on a hunt for shapes while on their walk today. Each child got to pick which shape they wanted to hunt for and carried around the cut outs, pictured below, to help them find their shape! It can be very beneficial to bring learning out side of the classroom. A new and exciting environment will increase a child's curiosity, and therefore their engagement in the lesson. The children had a blast while learning along the way!
The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
Our TLC children are having so much fun helping their teachers decorate, playing holiday dress up, singing holiday songs all day long, and of course, playing in the snow!
We love seeing how much fun our teachers have with the children everyday. All of our teachers love to play and act silly with the children. This creates a bond between the children and teachers that makes the children feel safe and have so much fun while away from their parents. Check out the video and pictures below to see how we celebrated the first Christmas snow indoors with a "snow" ball fight!
TLC follows a unique curriculum that we believe is the most effective way to teach and engage children. This is called Reggio Emilia. Our teachers are always observing what peeks the children's interest and then using those observations to plan educational activities. The pictures below show the perfect example of our play-based curriculum in action. Here is what Ms. Jenna had to say about what sparked the idea and how she utilized their interest and engagement as an opportunity for learning.
"While outside in the mud kitchen we noticed our toddler friends would collect logs and put them in piles to have a “fire” so we decided to bring the campfire inside! We used a big tire and the children went on a hunt around the classroom to gather blocks of any kind to use as wood. We then realized we need flames for it to be a fire! So we got out a bunch of red and orange paper to crumble up and toss in! While sitting by the fire we talked about camping and what we did with our family’s at campfires! Some friends shared that they sang songs, cuddled with mommy’s or daddy’s, and roasted marshmallows! Then we pretended to be firefighters and had to put the fire out! Friends tried to use blankets to cover the fire first, then they began getting cups from our kitchen baskets and filled them with water to pour on the fire! The next day the fun continued as they roasted "marshmallows" over the fire and then got to enjoy some real smores around the fire!" - Ms. Jenna
Painting with Pinecones!
Ms. Shannin's toddler 2 class had a blast shake painting with pinecones. She taped sheets of paper to the bottom of the bins, had the children pick out their paint colors, put a couple small pinecone in the bin, and showed the toddlers how to shake the bin to spread the paint around. The toddlers had so much fun discovering this new way to create art and they ended up looking so neat!
Our toddler 1 class had so much fun searching for fallen leaves on their walk. They discovered that the leaves are all different shapes and colors! Take a look at the photos to see how they organized by color and talked about the different shapes.
Time for Stations!
Activity stations are a daily occurrence at TLC. Stations are mainly used in the toddler and preschool classrooms to give the children the freedom to make choices and try multiple fun activities. Our teachers take great care planning these activities to target motor skills and get the children thinking about colors, shapes, problem solving and more.
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