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DVMS Toddler Community SeeSaw Posts from Last Week.

Enjoy some of the posts our DVMS Montessori Toddler Community shared during the first couple of weeks of September, 2016.


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DVMS Toddler Community Update: May 16, 2016

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We hope you are able to attend our Parent Education evening this Thursday from 7:00-8:30pm. Laura Flores Shaw will be speaking on “Education for the 21st Century: What skills will our children need to succeed in the future? Is it time to rethink the concept of school? and What should schools teach to prepare children for life?” This should be a very interesting evening.

This Friday, all DVMS teachers will be attending a Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators conference with Laura. Please remember that this is a PD day for all DVMS students.

If you haven’t had a chance please, rsvp to our Toddler Garden Party next Friday, May 27, from 2:45-3:45. We are looking forward to seeing all of you there.

Enjoy the great pictures from last week, and please remember to check Seesaw for daily updates.

Have a great week.

Kate, Kristy, and Lisa.

DVMS Toddler Community Update: May 2, 2016


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We hope you are all enjoying the new Seesaw app we started using this week. If you haven’t started using it we really encourage you to give it a try and see all the great pictures and videos we are posting everyday. If you’ve lost your access paper, please let us know and we will get you another one. This access paper will let both parents sign up so please share with your partner.

Kristy and Kate spent Friday nap time changing out our April materials for new May materials — aquatic animals are out and reptiles are in; we’ve added a great activity with sports equipment and a first aid kit filled with first aid tools. All will be used in our language area. We also added some great spring time puzzles, arts and crafts, and language cards. On Friday, we sent home your child’s work folder and encourage you to take a look, remove all the art, and send back the folder for the end of this month.

Many grandparents popped their heads in to say “Hi” on Friday during Grandparents’ Day. One grandparent asked if we set the table for snack like we did every day or just for show on Grandparents’ Day. Most grandparents that snuck a peak were amazed at all that your children were doing independently.

Most importantly this week, one of our toddler community students has been diagnosed with Fifths Disease. Here is the Hamilton Public Health Services note about Fifths Disease, please read and take note.


Two important things to remember with Fifths Disease:

1) If it is possible that you or someone you know may be pregnant and exposed to Fifths Disease, please seek out medical attention and get a blood test to see if you are immune. Fifths Disease can be very bad for the fetus.

2) Once your child shows the Fifths Disease rash (commonly on cheeks) they are no longer contagious and may attend school. We would remind you, however, that should your child be running a fever they must stay home until 24 hours after the fever has subsided. We have had situations where children have returned to school prior to their fever ending and this has not only meant a difficult day for the sick child, but it also exposed all our toddlers and the larger DVMS community to the illness. We are very diligent about cleaning in the toddler community and do extra cleaning when children are sick, but we appreciate quarantining the germs at home as much as possible.

We are all excited for May at DVMS. We are starting our planting in the back garden and are slowly preparing for our garden party on May 27 — more information to come.

We wish you all the best in your week ahead,

Kate, Kristy, Lisa.


DVMS Toddler Community Update: April 25, 2016

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We all felt the full moon and spring fever this week. Energy was high and everyone had a great time in the wonderfully warm weather.

This week, we welcomed two more reading buddies from Upper Elementary. The children loved listening to their stories and interacting with the big kids. We did some planting outside and baked muffins to celebrate Friday.
Now for some administrative business:

We are trying out a new communication tool called SeeSaw. This is an app that works much like Facebook but is limited to our classroom and specifically your children. We, the guides in the classroom, are able to post pictures, videos, and notes to a classroom feed. You are able to access this feed through your children – you will only see pictures of your child or of a group of children in which your child is a part of. We would like to try this out and see what you think. We will continue our weekly emails and all other current communication tools for now. We value your feedback in this so please give it a try and let us know. In the next few days, if you would like to be involved in this new way of accessing your child’s pictures, please download the SeeSaw app. When you pick up your child at school I will have a handout for you to scan with your phone to enable you to access the classroom app. Then we will play with it and see how it goes.

All the best,

Kate, Kristy, and Lisa.

DVMS Toddler Community Update: April 11, 2016

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We are very excited to see you all this coming Thursday. We have been busy this week preparing and have taken some time to get some great videos of your children busy at work. Meeting with you and spending some time discussing your wonderful children is a highlight for us and we look forward to seeing you all. This interview will really be about your questions and concerns so please come with your list ready and we will do our best to help in any way we can. Please remember that full day children will need to be picked up at 2:30 on Thursday from the toddler back garden. On Friday we will be in the school but there will be no care for the toddlers — hopefully you all are able to get out and do something fun together.

We will be attempting our new full day pick up starting on Monday. Unless there is another big snow (*sob*) we will be dismissing from our back toddler garden. We are looking forward to this pick up being more relaxed and giving us more time to chat.

As we prepare for nine of the toddler community students to move up to Casa in September we now look for natural moments for the toddlers to visit the Casa classrooms during their daily routine. Flower arranging has become a big focus in our class as the children arrange flowers and then deliver them to other classes in the school. We also do the school laundry every day and the toddlers are in charge of delivering the clean laundry. In the coming weeks and months there will be more and more of these natural moments, helping the toddlers become more comfortable moving out of their small environment into the school at large.

You may see your child’s comfort level increase in new social situations as they become more and more comfortable with new experiences and new people. We encourage you to facilitate this self-confidence and allow your child to have some responsibilities outside of the home. Some suggestions for this include: inviting your toddler to order their own food (that you have helped pick) and drinks at restaurants, having them choose and carry some of your groceries at the grocery store, helping you pick out a birthday present for a friend and carry it to the car, etc. The children will naturally want to do these things so make it possible for them to succeed by giving them limits and allowing them to shine within those limits. We constantly want to encourage our children’s abilities and independence within the scope of them being able to be successful, while we still continue to maintain strong boundaries and discipline. As your child is more independent at home, we now want to help them to learn independence and appropriate behaviour in public.

We have fewer pictures this week as we have been busy video recording — you’ll see the results on Thursday.

All the best,

Kate, Kristy, and Lisa.

DVMS Toddler Community Update: March 7, 2016

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We had a bit of an odd week with the snow day right in the middle of it (not that we are complaining about our one and only snow day this year!). The week felt like two little weeks with a lot of people still away battling illnesses or for doctor’s appointments in each.

Once the snow did arrive, we had a great time playing in our playground out back, especially sliding down the big hill and rolling around in the snow. Snow makes a world of difference to the toddlers’ enjoyment of their outside time. Suddenly, no one seemed to mind the cold so much and loved all the activity that comes with the snow.

We also visited with a new puppy and made banana muffins, had some rocking dance parties, and settled in our new round, red rug.

All the best on this last week before March break,
Kate, Kristy, and Lisa.

DVMS Toddler Community Update: Feb. 29, 2016

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It has been a week full of a variety of illnesses and many of our toddlers have been out of the classroom recovering.

Even with many people under the weather, we still managed to get up to all sorts of exciting activities. We met Nicholas, one of our student’s new baby brother, made grilled cheese sandwiches, worked with sticks and eggs at circle time, watched a Strata basketball game, and played outside in the muddy puddles.

All the best this week,
Kate, Kristy, and Lisa.

DVMS Toddler Community Update: Feb. 22, 2016

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It has been an interesting week in the Toddler Community with Kate out with her ankle injury at the beginning of the week and then hobbling around on Thursday and Friday. Luckily, we had our wonderful supply teacher, Christine, in to fill Kate’s roll and the children carried on with little disruption. The children were very kind to Kate when she returned and didn’t seem to notice the big boot on her foot.
We added a new shelf on our PD day last week and moved a few things around in class, giving the children some more work surfaces and better access to the materials. It has been interesting to watch the children spread out a bit and use materials they had previously overlooked. Hammering has become of interest to many of the children as well as many of the children returning to earlier psycho-motor materials that they hadn’t touched in a while.
The big news from this week is that Nathaniel’s family welcomed a little brother last weekend. The baby name is still pending but mom, dad and baby are doing great and Nathaniel carries on in class as if nothing has changed. We made muffins for the family on Friday and we invite anyone who is interested and able to send food their way in the coming weeks. As usual, please drop the food to us and we will pass on the food at pick up time. We are sure they would appreciate any and all donations.
Of course, the highlight of the week has been all the snow outside. The children have enjoyed making snowpeople and sliding down our back hill. We’ve sent you pictures of their snowtime fun.

All the best this week,
Kate, Kristy, and Lisa.

DVMS Toddler Community Update: Feb. 16, 2016

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We probably shouldn’t have mentioned how wonderful last week was; we probably should have kept that a secret. The past week wasn’t as fantastic as last week and we are sure it is because we said out loud how amazing everything was. Everyone seemed to forget, for a few days, that they all had skills and abilities and capabilities, and we heard a lot of “I need help!” for things that the children had been doing independently for quite some time. By the end of the week, we were back in the groove and all was well. We had a lot of children away again for colds and doctor’s appointments which I’m sure didn’t help our comfortable routine. We heard from a lot of parents that the weekend prior was a bit of a doozy so maybe something was in the air.

In any case, we still managed to celebrate pancake Tuesday with pancakes for snack and did some great playing in the much awaited snow. We also watched and participated in a Lower Elementary square dance on Thursday and finished up our Valentine’s crafts to take home for our families.

As we stated above, “I need help” is a phrase we are hearing a lot of. We are encouraging the children to say, “Please help me” instead and are now asking the children to come to us and tap us on the shoulder or hip to get our attention rather than calling across the class. We hope that you can do the same at home. We also are encouraging the children to try what they think they need help with before we give them aid, while we watch them. Often times we are discovering that the children are wanting a bit of attention and not help, and watching and supporting them is all that they need to do the task that they are struggling with.

Finally, on a personal note, Kate badly sprained her ankle and is in an aircast for the next week or so at school. We’ll share this with the children but we wanted you all to know so it isn’t surprising when you see her hobbling about on Tuesday.

All the best this week,
Kate, Kristy, and Lisa.