Thursday, October 18, 2012

Toddler Group 2012-2013

Adalyn is 4 weeks into toddler group this year. Every Wednesday morning when I ask her if she wants to go to toddler group today, she gets so excited and says "uhuh, uhuh, uhuh" while shaking her head yes, yes, yes.

She has tended to stick to the art area, the rice table and the play dough. She spends a lot of her time sitting at a table watching every thing going on around her. Now and then she'll venture to a new area or hang out with a "friend". She loves both circle times and singing and snack is a big hit, too.

 We generally start off with the art area and do her art projects. She will not let me help or make any suggestions at all. She also does not like to share any materials with any other little people. If any one comes close she'll yell "NO". I think that may have some thing to do with having an older brother at home.

This was her spider craft.

Then she made a "spider web" with a golf ball, but she DID NOT want to do it the way I recommend. She made it all her way.

Then to the easel's for a little painting. She'll make a few strokes and then head off to some where else.

As she was wondering around she found this jack-in-the-box. We spent a long time with this toy. Long enough that I suggested we move on. Though I do try to let our time at toddler group be driven by Adalyn, I really can only do some tasks for so long.

Rice table time. Though really it is just a good place to watch every one. She also kept eating it this class time, which she hadn't done before. I did have to remove her from the rice table a few times, but she would head back as soon as she could.

The play dough table is lots of fun. Miss Adalyn likes to keep a little piece in her hand and let it hang out right by her mouth....not in her mouth, just right next to it. If I ask her if she is eating it she'll shake her hand and sniff. Meaning she is just smelling it. But after doing this for awhile she sneaks it into her mouth. The past couple classes it has been the same little game she plays. Shane would just gobble it up, no "hiding" it. She is a bit more sneaky in her ways.

This was the first time she checked out the doll house. Funny enough, she is getting a doll house mansion for her birthday next month.

Snack time is always a hit with her. She sits and waits so nicely while I get her snack and water for her. She also is such a big girl drinking the water out of a big girl cup.

Here she is headed to put her musical sticks back in the bin. She does a great job following directions from Teacher Susy.

Class ends with a stamp from Teacher Susy. She often is the first one waiting for it and she does a great job being patient with all the chaos around her.

I love taking her to toddler group every week. This year has been so interesting in many ways: experiencing it with her compared to Shane and because this is my first year teaching a toddler group as well. I hope that the parents in my class enjoy bringing their kiddos as much as I like taking Adalyn (and Shane back in the day).

We are lucky to have so many great toddler groups in our area (Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Edmonds, Bellevue). If you are interested in finding one near you check out your local community colleges. They often run these programs.

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