This week was the end of a "semester" and so they had parent night to show off all of their work, which was all related to water and oceans. JD and Maia had only been there for a week but still had some fun things to show me. I was so impressed with both their teachers, the classroom, the activities, the other kids there, and the parents I met. Here's what JD & Maia were most excited about.....
Practicing fine motor skills dropping little stars into an ice cube tray with plastic tweezers
Montessori preschool is like paying for full-day Pinterest in real life. All the stuff I see online and think "what a great idea for a toddler" but don't have time to do because I am at work all day. :-)
Practicing fine motor skills grating a bar of soap:
Coloring and erasing with chalk
Transferring ocean-themed toys from one dish to another
Miss Nicole told me that a bigger kid showed JD how to do this "tray-work" - use the medicine dropper to put one drop of water in each little suction cup - and clean up any spills with the sponge. Miss Nicole was watching JD while he was practicing. She said he was totally in his own little world, and would just laugh and smile with joy when he got it right. :-) What a sweet kid and what an awesome teacher for making my day with that story.
Maia and JD showing me their pictures on their classroom wall
Playing with ocean figures
They love the little sinks that are the perfect height for 3-year-olds