Friday, September 19, 2014

Our classroom is alive with the sound of music!

The toddlers had a blast playing instruments and singing with our music teacher. We tried tambourines, tapping sticks, shakers, and drums. We marched around our room and clapped our hands. Music definitely gets us up and moving!

Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards

Social and Emotional Development
      Strand: Relationships
                   Topic: Interactions with adults- Interact with familiar adults in a variety of ways

Approaches Toward Learning
      Strand: Initiative
                  Topic: Initiative and Curiosity- Explore he environment through a variety of 
                                                                     sensory-motor activities
                                                                     Demonstrate a willingness to try new activities
                                                                     and experiences

Physical Well-Being and Motor Developemnt
     Strand: Motor Development
                  Topic: Large Muscle, Balance, and Coordination- Use locomotor skills with increasing
                                                                     balance and coordination
                                                                     Use a variety of non-locomotor body movements 
                                                                     during play

Language and Literacy Development
     Strand: Reading
                  Topic: Early Reading- Show and appreciation for reading books, telling stories
                                                       and singing

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Exercising our Brains!!!

The toddlers have been working on basic preschool skills- color and shape recognition, counting up to10, sorting and matching based on physical characteristics, sorting based on more abstract ideas such as mommy animals to baby animals, etc etc. They are doing a great job! They are enthusiastic about this work and are spending a lot of time practicing to master these skills. 

Ohio early Learning and Development Standards

Approaches toward Learning
    Strand: Initiative
              Topic: Initiative and Curiosity- Practice new skills with enthusiasm
    Strand: Engagement and Persistence
             Topic: Persistence- Engage in self initiated activities for sustained periods
                                             of time

Cognition and General Knowledge
     Strand: Cognitive SKills
                 Topic: Reasoning and Problem Solving- With modeling and support, use 
                                                                                   simple strategies to solve problems
  Sub-Domain: Mathematics
         Strand: Number Sense
                    Topic: Number Sense and Counting- Pay attention to quantities when
                                                                                interacting with objects
        Strand: Algebra
                    Topic: Group and Categorize- Match two objects that are the same and 
                                                                     select similar objects from a group
                                                                     Sort objects into two or more groups 
                                                                     and characteristics
                                                                     Sort and classify objects by one or more 
      Strand: Geometry
                  Topic: Identify and Describe Basic Shapes- Recognize basic shapes

  Sub-Domain: Science
       Strand: Science Inquiry and Application
                    Topic: Inquiry- Engage in sustained and complex manipulation of