Happy Spring! The season is officially here, but the weather isn’t quite in tune with it yet. We will still get to go outside when we can. Please continue to send appropriate outside clothes for your child. To welcome spring we planted sunflower seeds. Hopefully, we’ll see some sprouts coming soon. The caterpillars arrived to the toddler’s classroom and we learned the life cycle of the butterfly.
April is a busy month in the toddler classroom. We are learning more about geography (land, water, and air).
We are introducing sewing and some of the children are stitching on plain plastic mesh. They did very well with holding the needle and making stitches.
” Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed “
– Maria Montessori
“I want to do it, ” “Let me do it,” ” No, I do it. ” These are phrases that your child will say in your home when they want to demonstrate their independence.
Gaining new independence and mastering new skills are important parts of toddler development. As you offer unconditional love and support, provide opportunities for exploration, encourage curiosity, and engage a variety of rich experience, your toddler’s level of independence along with his capabilities, will grow.
Toddlers require a lot of patience. These are some practical ways you can consider to help encourage independence of your child:
- Never do for your toddler what they can do themselves
- Toddler-proof your home
- Give your toddler two choices
- Assign age appropriate tasks
- Encourage safe risk taking.
- Involve your toddler in family activity
- Let your toddler help to care for their environment in your home