Thursday, August 17, 2017

“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” - Maria Montessori

Our hands are important tools we use every day...and we often take them for granted.  We do so many things with our hands.  We open doors, hold a pen, play piano, button our buttons, tie our shoes, etc.  Do you remember learning how to "use your hands"?  How to "use your fingers"?  I'm sure you may not recall because it comes naturally to humans as we develop.  From Birth to Age 3, your child is on the first sub-plane of the four planes of development, also known as the Unconscious Absorbent Mind.  At this stage of development, your child is like a sponge.  They soak up everything!  Your child does not even realize they are absorbing all around them.  They mimic what they see.

The development of your child's hands are a critical component to their early development.  Fostering their dexterity and fine-motor skills is essential.  Your toddler is getting themselves ready to write when the time comes.  Also developing their dexterity and fine-motor skills will allow them to be more independent.  This is one of the many reasons why there are so many practical life jobs and hands on jobs in your toddler's environment.  As Maria Montessori said, "The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence."

Below are some jobs that foster your toddler's fine-motor skills and dexterity.

Open and Close Items with Various Lids

Holding Colored Pencils

Pinching Play Dough

Flower Arranging

Horizontal Posting

Putting Clothespins Around the Edge of a Bucket

Dry Scooping 


Nesting Boxes


Inserting and Squishing Packing Peanuts

Washing Dishes

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society."- Maria Montessori

Hello All Toddler Parents!

      Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at JBMA!  Ms. Kari and I are so excited to have your child or children with us in the toddler program this year.  The toddlers have had a busy week!  The toddlers have been exploring their environment with all of their senses.  We have created a homey environment where we believe the toddlers will feel safe and comfortable as they develop over this year.  Our mission is to help your child/children develop their independence, self-awareness and social skills.
       The toddlers have been exploring the jobs we have on the shelves.  If you hear your child/children say "job" or "work", this is the term we use to define the activities you will see on the shelves.  The toddlers have practical life, art, book looking, care of self, movement, math, language, sensory and manipulative jobs throughout their environment.  The toddlers are currently adjusting to their new environment and their daily schedule.  This may take some time, which is completely normal!  Consistency is key!  From this young age your child/children will learn self-discipline and develop  confidence in themselves.  We look forward to a wonderful year!

Ms. Jessica & Ms. Kari


Math: Vertical Posting and Shape Inserting 

Science/Sensory: Food coloring, baking soda and vinegar = FIZZ!!

Gross-Motor Movement


Water Transferring: Squeeze Bottle to Bowl


Care of Environment: Dusting

Art: Play-dough 

Water Transferring Using a Sponge


Book Looking

Watering Plants

Colored Sand Sensory Blocks

Vertical Posting


Pom-Pom Inserting 


Ball Tracker

Shaking a Salt Shaker

Rolling a Work Mat

Climbing Stairs


Throwing and Catching Balls

Balance Beam

Balance Beam

Washing Dishes


Book Looking

Saturday, May 27, 2017

"Development is a series of rebirths." 
Maria Montessori 

This year has flown by and we cannot be more thankful for being a part of your toddlers' lives. They have impacted us beyond the surface to our hearts. They have challenged us and invited us into their world by giving us a piece of who they are. They are each unique individuals who are learning who they are by unconsciously absorbing their environment. They are creative to find new ways to problem solve after they have mastered a skill and are beginning to have conscious absorbent minds as they mature through movement. To witness their developmental growth has been beautiful! We will miss them this summer!! We hope you have a restful and enjoyable break!