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Marie Voss

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Our classroom is prepared to meet your child's developmental needs through exploration and discovery. We are eager to observe and guide them through their days here at school!

Warmly,
Marie Voss
Marie@traversechildrenshouse.org

“The child can develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experiences ‘work’.” Maria Montessori

Marie Voss, Guide
Elgin Community College, child development student
AMS Infant-Toddler Certification, MECA-Seton, Chicago
The Children's House experience (2008- present)
Young Children's Community Support
Young Children's Community Guide

April 12, 2018

I am always in awe of this time of the school year as I observe the children and they have reached a sense of confidence in themselves. The children have security in the normalcy of the consistency and routine in the classroom. This provides them with opportunity to work with their chosen activities with little to no adult interruption. The children develop independence, confidence, concentration and problem solving skills when they are given the opportunity to do things for themselves. Making their own orange juice, setting the table for meals, dressing themselves, folding clothes, putting materials back where they belong on the shelf, using the toilet, helping their friends complete tasks and noticing if there is something out of place in the classroom. These are a few of the ways the children are demonstrating that they are capable of doing things independently.

March 22, 2018

The children have enjoyed inspecting the new language basket we have out that has a variety of seashells, coral and an exoskeleton of a seahorse. We have been learning the names of the different kinds of seashells. Cerith, cowrie, conch, bonnet, morom and triton are a few of the names the children are hearing. The seashell basket is also helping the children learn about delicate and fragile. It is sweet to watch how they are holding the shells so carefully.

Our sweet peas and rosemary continue to grow in the classroom! The children have been wonderful helpers watering them and checking them daily to see how they are growing. I think we will have some blossoms soon.

March 8, 2018

Living in Northern Michigan we are gifted with a variety of weather. We have witnessed almost all four seasons these past couple of weeks! With the variety of weather we get, we find it important to get outside almost every day at school. The fresh air, exploration, and gross motor activity for the children is important to their development. The children are learning that different weather requires different clothing and different amounts of clothing. Snow makes it trickier to move around. Puddles, although they are fun to jump in leave you muddy, wet and cold. Observing the children enjoy the different types of weather that we have makes me realize it really all is enjoyable depending on how you look at it!

We recently have been working on making spreads for our crackers at snack time. It’s a simple task that a child is capable of preparing. They open the package of cream cheese and place it in the bowl. They then add a couple scoops of raspberry preserves. Now they are ready to mash away until the two ingredients are mixed together. When the child has the opportunity to contribute to their community/family it gives them a sense of accomplishment and confidence!

“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.”
~Maria Montessori

February 15, 2018

Marie is on vacation and will return with classroom highlights in two weeks.

February 1, 2018

This past week for our cooking project we made banana coconut oat “cookies”.  Mashing the bananas was a very focused activity for the children. They very intently watched as they used the banana masher to turn the whole banana into “mush”. When we were finished, couple of them asked me quizzically as they pointed “Banana?”. It was quite humorous! We added coconut and oats to the mashed bananas and then scooped them onto the pans. The children enjoyed eating the delicious treat they made!

Cooking projects provide language opportunities, focus and concentration, fine motor skills and grace and courtesy opportunities as they wait their turn to help. I encourage you to allow your child to help you in the kitchen at home. A couple of tips to remember when allowing your child to help are patience (it will take longer than if you did it), it will get messy (they are building their fine motor coordination) and give them tasks they can be mostly successful with.

Here is the recipe for the Banana Coconut Oat cookies:

2 overripe bananas
1 1/2 cup coconut
2 cups Oats
-Bake 350 for 20 minutes or until they have firmed up and are slightly browned on top

Enjoy!

January 18, 2018

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Holiday break! This past month has been out of routine for your children and I can see that they have been eager to restablish routine in the classroom. I am sure you are all ready for consistency as well!

We have started an indoor garden in our classroom. The children were eager to help fill the containers with the soil, sprinkle the seeds and then give just enough water to help the seeds sprout. Rosemary and sweet peas are the two plants we are starting. We have the containers sitting under a "grow light" that we borrowed from our schools Della Terra program. During the morning children will walk over and watch the containers for several minutes. They are expecting that the sprouts will come up at anytime. It is a new and still abstract concept for their brains to under stand actual time. This is one way we can introduce process and time to the child.

December 19, 2017

With the arrival of all the lovely snow, your children have been learning the dressing sequence and the movements to get ready to play outside. It is hard work for them but they are eager to figure it out! By giving the child simple instructions and one thing to focus on at a time, they are capable of accomplishing a lot for themselves. At first they may need just enough help, but quickly they are doing it all on their own. This is the "outdoor dressing sequence":

1. Take your shoes off
2. Find your snow pants (snow pants go on)
3. Find your boots (boots go on)
4. Find your coat (up and over method with the coat)
5. Hat
6. Mittens

Having low hooks to hang their coat and snow pants on and a small basket to keep their hat and mittens in will help the child know where to find their things and where to put them back.

We enjoyed making Christmas ornaments this past week! We were grateful to Silvio's mom, Trisha, for providing us with the supplies to make cinnamon applesauce ornaments. The children were delighted to help mix the ingredients, roll the dough and use cookie cutters to make the shapes. After allowing them to dry, they were eager to put their creativity into painting their ornaments. I am sure they will be so proud to hang them on the tree at home!

I hope you all enjoy marvelous Holidays! I look for word to seeing you all in the New Year!

December 7, 2017

With the Holiday season upon us, it provides new language opportunities in our classroom. Many children have been talking about getting Christmas trees and decorating them. They also are sharing that they are noticing the lights on people's homes.

On our language shelf in the classroom, we have a basket containing a variety of holiday items. A stocking, candy cane, presents and ornament are a few of the items. At our group time we wound up a music box that looks like the nativity scene and listened to the tune of "Silent Night." We also looked at a dreidel and menorah and talked about these things being items that are used in the celebration of Hanukkah.

Children are intrigued and delighted to engage in conversation about what they see and hear going on in their world! I encourage you to talk about the traditions that you enjoy with your family and in your homes as you prepare for the upcoming Holidays.

November 16, 2017

Our snack time is an important part of our classroom. The children take part in preparing our snack and the table. I have introduced pickle chopping and making olive skewers to some of the older children. One child will take a turn preparing olives or pickles to enjoy with the rest of our snack. Another child will prepare the table laying out placemats, then plates and lastly placing baskets with cups/pitchers/decanters in them on the tables.

As part of the final preparation for our snack time, after we are all seated at the table we practice a mindful moment to settle ourselves. I ask the children to point to their nose and then we all take a deep breath. We then take our hands and put them over our hearts, close our eyes and say "I am peaceful." Then we take one more deep breath before we sing our Community Song. It is quite sweet to see the children be so intentional with this moment day after day.

The children have such a sense of accomplishment by being contributors to our meal times in the classroom. They also gain coordination, concentration and beginning math (sequencing and quantity). I encourage you to have special tasks that would allow them to help at home as well.

“Character formation cannot be taught. It comes from experience and not from explanation.” Maria Montessori

November 2, 2017

There was a lot of excitement leading up to Halloween! Many of the children were eager to talk about the costumes they would be wearing. For Pumpkin Fun day we took a pumpkin and carved it into a jack-o-lantern and roasted the seeds . We also made some delicious pumpkin bars to enjoy at snack.

The basket of fall language items has been popular in our classroom. In the basket, there are various miniature items and pictures that pertain to the fall. A scarecrow, rake, pumpkin, gourd, a picture of leaves turning orange and red and a picture of people raking leaves are a few of the items we have been talking about. Allowing the children to look at and talk about these various pictures and items provides them with the language and understanding about what is going on around them. When we are outside and they notice the leaves are turning colors or that they have fallen to the ground, they are so delighted to let us know that they are noticing and connecting what we have been talking about in the classroom. These "a ha" moments bring the child such delight and a strong sense of confidence in themselves

October 19, 2017

Experiencing new tastes and textures during meal times is an important opportunity for your child. At this stage of development their taste buds are quite strong. Offering a variety of foods will encourage the child's palette to be vast. At snack and lunch here at school we offer familiar foods coupled with new foods. Too many new choices at once would be overwhelming! With the children all eating the same foods they encourage each other.

Over the last couple of weeks we have accomplished two cooking projects. We made berry smoothies and a banana applesauce cake. The children were delighted to help add the various ingredients! Cooking projects provide early math with measuring out the needed ingredients, sequencing, sensorial opportunities and patience. When we enjoy our snack the children have a smile of confidence on their faces, knowing that they helped make it!

October 5, 2017

“Growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding.”
This quote from Maria Montessori captures what is going on in our YCC classroom. At this stage of development the children want to do everything! They are actively engaging in their environment! As adults we tend to label them as "busy". I like to think of them more as eager to explore. They have mastered walking so they are eager to get to things that weren't available before. Their dexterity is growing in their hands. The children are gaining coordination quickly and they are eager to practice it!

Language is also quickly developing at this stage. The children have a desire for more depth in what they see around them. Still using simple words, we can provide names for items outside of a general label. An example would be musical instruments. Right now in our classroom we have a basket of miniature instruments. We have been listening to the sound that the trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, violin, flute and trombone make and then we match them to the miniature instrument we see. Several of the children are identifying the instruments by their sound and what it looks like.

September 21, 2017

The first few weeks of school we have been settling in and learning the order and routine of our classroom. We keep the classroom the same in appearance and routine for the first several weeks to allow the children to acclimate. Repetition and consistency encourage the child to feel confident and secure. The children are learning which activities and materials belong on which shelves. They are also picking up on our daily routine of morning classroom time, snack, outdoor time, group music and then lunch.

At our group time the children have enjoyed the book “Big Bug.” It's a simple book with lovely artwork about things in our world appearing big and little. At this stage of development when language is still developing, books that are simple in words allow the child to process and connect what they are seeing and hearing.

I hope you have all enjoyed this summer like weather we have been having!

“Growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding.”

This quote from Maria Montessori captures what is going on in our YCC classroom. At this stage of development the children want to do everything! They are actively engaging in their environment! As adults we tend to label them as "busy". I like to think of them more as eager to explore. They have mastered walking so they are eager to get to things that weren't available before. Their dexterity is growing in their hands. The children are gaining coordination quickly and they are eager to practice it! 

Language is also quickly developing at this stage. The children have a desire for more depth in what they see around them. Still using simple words, we can provide names for items outside of a general label. An example would be musical instruments. Right now in our classroom we have a basket of miniature instruments. We have been listening to the sound that the trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, violin, flute and trombone make and then we match them to the miniature instrument we see. Several of the children are identifying the instruments by their sound and what it looks like. 

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