Hello RH Babes in Toyland! My name is Ms. Madison Tappen and I am the new teacher in the transition classroom. I am very excited to be a part of the RH Babes in Toyland staff and I am particularly excited to work with your 2 and 3 year old children. I have received my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education in May 2014 from Macomb Community College and I am currently working on my Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education.
But enough about me! During the month of November we will be observing the changes that fall brings to our surroundings. We will be taking about the changes we can see going on as leaves turn and pumpkins start popping up everywhere. Of course, it's not just plant life that's affected by the changes November brings, but animals as well, so we will be learning about the kind of things animals do to transition into winter. As November is fire safety month, our transition classroom will look at people in our community who keep us safe; of course, that doesn't just include firefighters, but also other people who put their lives on the line for us, such as police officers, health care workers, and others. As two and three year old children explore their environment primarily through their senses, we have also planned a number of sensorily stimulating activities. As part of the children’s sensory experience we will explore the texture and other properties of things like
pasta, seeds, soap and water. Some books we will look at are Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, as well as Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. The first story discusses different animals and colors while introducing literacy concepts like alteration (Brown Bear) to the children. The story by Lois Ehlert looks at the changing seasons specifically in regards to nature. Both books will introduce new concepts for children and will be fun for all of us to read together.
As the weather is changing we ask that parents bring appropriate winter clothing for the children. Hats, boots, gloves, scarfs and heavy coats will be needed so that the children can explore outside. The transition classroom will be exploring through sensory and art activities that can be messy so extra clothes for the children to change into would be very helpful. If parents/guardians have any questions please feel free to come to talk with me or just to have a chat. I'm excited to meet all of you over the course of the next year!