Over the next few weeks, we will be giving everyone a look into each of our classes! This week, we are highlighting our little Dandelions! The age range for this class is 12 to 18 months. Our teachers in this class are Ms. Whitney and Ms. Hanah. They love their jobs and spending their days with these adorable little ones!
Some fundamentals that are really focused on in this class is communicating wants and needs, as well as preparing for future, more fast paced classes. Ms. Whitney and Ms. Hanah talk about and show them signs like "more", "please", "thank you", and "all done". This is great starting ground to establish communication between friends and teachers!
Another concept that helps these friends prepare for future classes are transitions. They aren't always the easiest for these little ones, but Ms. Whitney and Ms. Hanah are very patient and help guide them through their emotions during the transitions. Keeping a schedule and having the focus to do the planned activities throughout the day is a goal for the teachers over the course of the next few months. Routine and consistency is very important for these friends, and with school still just starting a couple weeks ago, establishing these routines is key!
Another goal Ms. Whitney and Ms. Hanah have for this class is independence. The Montessori method of teaching is very encouraging of independence and making choices. Work time is a prime example for this concept. These friends are learning how work time goes, by choosing a work they would like to do from the shelf, take it to a rug, and performing the work. By going through these motions, these little friends are beginning to see that they have the ability to choose for themselves, and it is always so fun to see what they decide they want to do! Once these concepts become more familiar, the teachers will emphasize more on being responsible for their choices (ie: cleaning up the work and putting it back on the shelf).
"If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence."
Our Dandelions are so full of energy and ready to explore! Ms. Whitney and Ms. Hanah do a magnificent job in preparing the environment for their friends and helping them feel loved and welcomed in the classroom. Our friends are ever learning social skills together and have become very close! We so look forward to watching them continue to learn and grow throughout their time here at Blooming Minds!