Hello from Classroom 3!
This month we will be going over physical development. What I learned in my Early Learning Guidelines book is during infancy through age three, children are not only growing physically in size but are also gaining control of their bodies. Small and large muscle skills and self-help skills increase over time. In a healthy and safe environment, children have freedom to move so they can learn and grow their bodies. When a child learns to sit up or hold an item, it is the foundation for later learning. We will assist by providing a safe environment, encouragement for every child, and planning activities to incorporate movement.
Some of what we will be learning is walking without assistance, learning how to hold crayons/scissors, scooping, and balancing. We can incorporate all of these movements and more throughout our daily schedule and work on them multiple times to really increase their physical development. We are also focusing on potty training. We will work with our families to support them and the children's growing independence by offering positive reinforcement and being responsive to verbal and nonverbal signals.
As you have noticed, we have a new face in our classroom. Please say hello to Ms. Ashley - she is the new assistant teacher. The children have enjoyed getting to know her and have started to form their own relationship with her.
Our class is on the go and would love for visitors to come and join us!
Ms. Mollie and Ms. Ashley