The first snow fall is always magical!

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

As the snow was falling, the children were laughing, as they believe Christmas time is here!

Although Christmas is still a few weeks away, the smell of snow is in the air, and for a select few those Christmas carols are already playing bringing that holiday cheer.

With the temperatures getting closer and closer to freezing, the prep for outside gets longer and longer. “First the snow pants, then your boots. Then your jacket, and your hat. So that you can zip your zipper, put those gloves on very last.” Yes, it may be chilly, but like Elsa, the cold doesn’t bother us anyway.

Although the giant snowflakes falling were much to our delight, we returned to the indoors where the learning came to light.

Like, magnet play. A simple science activity that allows for the children to explore just how a magnet works. They can feel the forces, push against them, build with the magnets, and learn all about how opposites attract.

Letter and shape recognition, writing skills, sensory play, art and more, all happen behind the closed door…

And when you need a break from the books, it’s good to get that built up energy out, and we’d like to thank Funkey Kids, Once Upon a Mat, and Kindermusik who let us do just that…

It may not be Friday yet, but it’s just over there…so close!

Signing off…
The Chartwell House.

54 Days till Christmas

Before the snow starts to fall, the carols play in the mall, and the temperatures drop freezing us all…let’s take one last look at the nightmare before Christmas…..let’s take a look at Halloween week at The House.

The Toddlers continued working their fine-motor skills, and hand-eye coordination when creating art, and participating in sensory play.

Both Preschool classrooms took a closer look at the bones of the body. and studying dem bones.

The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone
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Without even realizing it, the Preschool programs were working on their number recognition, counting, and letter recognition too.

The best part of being a kid is using your imagination when given the materials to do so. “Small World Play” let’s you do just that. Small world play refers to imaginative play with small toys, encouraging children to use their imaginations and create both every day and fantasy worlds in familiar surroundings. It involves processes including active learning and imitation, and allows children to communicate knowledge about life and the world around them in a safe, contained environment.

Outside of the programming, we had Suzie Sunshine, Karate and French Friday this week!

Before we head into the weekend, may I have a drum roll….because the winner of the 2019 Chartwell Pumpkin Contest is…..

Congratulations to the Senior Preschool classroom, and their Cat in the Hat winning pumpkin! To all the other contestants, well done! The pumpkins this year were very impressive. And thank you to all of you who voted!

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Chartwell House.

T’was the week before Halloween…

And all through the House all the creatures were stirring, including a SNAKE!

Along with the Animals visiting, we had Funkey Kids, and Kindermusik in the House too!

Ms. S also introduced our Mother Goose Program to the Toddler classrooms, where she brings five little ones at a time into a quiet space to sing and learn those old classic nursery rhymes. From Jack and Jill to Hickory Dickory Dock to Little Jack Horner Ms. S is bring back the all-time favourites! And she is not alone, Mother Goose herself makes an appearance singing and saying the rhymes as the children stare on.

Along with play, Art too is an important role in a child’s development. Children have a desire to create, and art is a means of self-expression, it is a way for a child to show their feelings and express their emotions. And the best way we, as educators, can provide this need for children is to provide more than enough open-ended materials for the children to create on their own.

Open-ended art allows for the child to make independent choices on what materials to use, and let’s them decide on the final product. What looks like messy art, is actually the child learning initiative, problem-solving, taking risks by showing off their originality, and expressing their self through representation.

Children learn in many different ways, and their senses play a big part on how they learn and explore. Sensory play has many benefits, such as supporting language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. It can help in developing and enhancing memory function, it can provide a calming experience for anxious children, and can help them learn important sensory attributes like, hot cold, sticky, and dry.

The best thing about play is the children are learning without even realizing they are! When putting together a puzzle they may find it fun to connect the pieces, but they are also matching, sorting, mastering their fine motor skills, and in this case working on their letter recognition. Same thing with looking through a picture book, they may not be reading word for word, but they are using their imagination to create their own story following along with the pictures, recognizing words as they scan over them, and counting items on the pages too.

These photos capture children at play, they capture the programming the educators provide, the materials and environment created for each child, but what these photos do not capture is the behind the scenes. The long days, the patience, the hard-work, the time, the love and care the educators put into their day every day. I would like to take a moment to say thank you to the Chartwell Staff for everything they do, every day.

We appreciate you!

I’d like to take another second to THANK the Families who got together to provide a very delicious lunch for the whole staff to show their appreciation to our educators on ECE Appreciation Day. It was such a kind gesture to show your appreciation, and now in return we want to THANK YOU to show ours.  Thank you Thank you Thank you!

Now….let’s enjoy the weekend.

‘Till next week folks.

The Chartwell House.

 

Oh Autumn…you’re GOURDgeous!

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Oh the weather outside is delightful… but snow arriving soon is so frightful….let if Fall, let it Fall, let it Fall.

Preschool did just that…they let the leaves fall, collected them and brought them straight to their tuff-tray to have a closer look.

Below is a photo of three preschool friends working away. What may look like lines, loops and squiggles to some, is actually a lot more to the eyes of these three. It is a letter to Mommy and Daddy, a journal entry, grocery list, birthday invitation, it is the way for children to express and share their thoughts. And so what looks like scribble can be a lot more if you ask the one holding the pencil.

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Not all learning happens indoors, a lot of learning experiences happen outside the walls of a classroom…risk happens outdoors. Taking a risk, doesn’t always mean it’s dangerous. Risky play and the uncertainty of it has positive influences on the child’s emotional reactions, physical capabilities, coping skills, and the capacity to manage adversity.

Providing children with the materials is one thing, letting them use materials in different ways than they are meant to be used only encourages imagination, and curiosity.

Providing children with an idea, and letting them make it their own builds confidence, and creativity.

A classroom can be loud, and overwhelming to some children …providing quieter options can motivate every child to participate.

When you’re first learning how things work, the most important learning device is your senses. And that is why sensory play is a big part of play.

Another big part of play. are…..WEEKENDS!

And one is here. Go play.

The Chartwell House.

All about that baste.

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#begrateful

It’s that time of year
The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and the noses are running
We are just days away from Thanksgiving, and we could not be more grateful for another week of Autumn at the House.

Let’s take a closer look into the classrooms.

We will start with the Senior’s. Where they focused on pumpkin art, making special gifts, and collecting colourful leaves.

As a group, the Senior class shared what they are thankful for – from Mommy and Daddy, to their Home, to even their siblings (although we were told not to share that!).

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What else are they thankful for? Enjoying that fresh Fall air with their friends…

And backwards day too!

We will continue to work backwards, and head into the Preschool classroom, where they painted, worked on counting and number recognition, explored the small world play, and sorted their collection of acorns.

Up in the Toddler district, the toddler two’s focused on their shape of the week:  the circle. They practiced their pincer-grasp as they concentrated on tracing the circles.

The Toddler One class kept their hands busy, and walls decorated with painting, and gluing.

They also had a big hand in making something very special for Thanksgiving! (I won’t ruin the surprise, but you’ll be thankful!)

The youngest of the House have learnt that sometimes it just takes two…to walk from the yard together, to help building towers together.

And because it is Friday, Madame S took to the classrooms for French Fridays. This week working on colours en Francais, challenging the children to match the colours together.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but here at The House it was delivered today for lunch…and we made it a very special family gathering.

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and…Fall as fell.

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Pumpkin spice is in the air, apples are being picked, leaves are falling, and the talk of Halloween costumes have started. Oh, how we love October here at The House.

The Toddler One classroom got their Autumn on when they bobbed their apples into paint and then on to the paper.

The creativity never stopped, and the paint kept pouring as the youngest of the House used their fine motor skills to control the roller to spread and mix Fall inspired colours all over the page painting the leaves they collected from the outdoors.

The Toddler Two classroom continued the Fall painting as they used both their pincer and palmar grasps to move the paint brush in all directions across the paper.

Square, triangle, and rectangle…oh my! The Two’s have been working on their shape recognition, and did so as they painted…

The week was action packed with Suzie Sunshine, Ms. J with Movin’ & Groovin’ and the Preschool classrooms got their first taste of Once Upon a Mat.

The Preschool classroom went beyond the walls and took to the Chartwell grounds, stopping at the garden bed, collecting the colourful leaves and getting those sillies out by racing across the Preschool yard.

When back inside, they worked and built with recycled materials, they sorted the colourful leaves, and were fascinated when they realized they could slip poker chips through the cracks of the wooden crate.

Across the way, the Seniors of the House have been working on their letter recognition, as well as their name recognition when finding the first letter to their name on their name tags for lunch time.

They put their focus on their hand-eye coordination when threading.

And also when they have been challenged to do their own zipper up to join the zipper club! The Senior teachers are oh so proud of their squad as they continue to try to zip that tricky zipper up on their own!

That’s a zip on the blog for this week.

We will see you next week!

The Chartwell House.

 

Summer temps rise before Fall

Fall may be around the corner, but summer is still in the air! The sun is shining and it’s Friday…AND it’s time to see just what happened this week at The House…let’s get it started!

We will start with the Seniors who took advantage of the summer air outdoors while collecting the many acorns that continue to drop from the tree, making sand pies and having group discussions on the tire about their weekend plans!

When back indoors, they very carefully practiced using scissors, and worked on their pincer-grasp while at the writing station.

The Preschool classrooms sang with Suzie Sunshine and broke barriers with Mr. McCoy this week.

From the Coach House to the Main House, the Preschool classroom explored their numbers and shapes. Counting the blocks, matching the number of blocks to the number shown on the card, and…counting cards? They worked on their shape recognition too as they placed jewels along the outlines of different shapes.

Up the stairs we go, into the Toddler district where dinosaurs and rubber duckies roamed.

The youngest of the House were all about the roar of dinosaurs, as they painted with dinosaurs, stomped liked dinosaurs, and searched for fossils of dinosaurs.

They too took advantage of the outdoors and rocked out with Suzie.

Across the way, the Toddler Two’s were learning and exploring all colours.

They splished, and splashed with the rubber duckies in the bath, and added yellow items to their water play.

Red and yellow, and pink and green, purple and orange and blue – toddler two can build a rainbow!

That’s it for this week, the last week of summer before we fall into Autumn.

Bring on all things nice and pumpkin spiced!

The Chartwell House.