Toddlers (Star Children) 

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With plenty of room to move, the adventurous toddlers will find an environment that invites them to crawl, climb and jump under safe and supervised conditions. Their hands will be busy with table setting, folding laundry and washing vegetables. Each morning they will be treated to a seasonal circle of song and movement specially designed for them. Artistic activities may include coloring with beeswax crayons and watercolor painting, and simple crafts. The toddlers will have plenty of free play time, indoors and out. 

 

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Typical Star Room Daily Rhythm     2012

                                                           7:00 Arrival in Star Class. Teacher facilitated Free Play with children  Handwashing upon entry. Early breakfast may be consumed. Laundry Folding.
                                                             8:30 Indoor Activities (Children and Teachers move outdoors in warmer weather)

                                                          • Monday: Drawing
                                                          • Tuesday: Veggie Washing
                                                          • Wednesday: Bees Wax modeling
                                                          • Thursday: Sensory Activity
                                                          • Friday: Painting

                                                          9:00 Clean up, Diapers and Toileting. Hand washing and classroom cleaning(Sweeping, washing, scrubbing).
                                                          9:30 Morning Snack. Hand washing and blessing

                                                          • Monday: Rice, butter& tamari
                                                          • Tuesday: Oatmeal, butter & maple syrup
                                                          • Wednesday: Buns, butter & cheese
                                                          • Thursday: Soup & buns
                                                          • Friday: Millett, butter, sesame seeds & tamari

                                                           10:00 Circle Time: Movement, Songs and Verses. Changes monthly.
                                                            10:15 Outdoor Time/Walk.
                                                            11:30 Indoors for Diapers, Toileting, and Hand washing.
                                                            12:00 Story time with Puppets or Props
                                                            12:10 Lunch with Songs and Finger Games followed by Blessing.
                                                            12:45 Hand and Face Washing, Lullabies, Rest Time.
                                                             3:00 Gentle Awakening and books. Diapers, Toileting and Hand washing.
                                                            3:30 Afternoon Snack. Finger plays, songs and Blessing.
                                                            4:00 Outdoor or Indoor facilitated Free Play and Activities

                                                          • Monday: Puzzles
                                                          • Tuesday: Washing Toys
                                                          • Wednesday: Bees Wax or Play Dough
                                                          • Thursday: Beads
                                                          • Friday: Plant Care/Music Making

                                                          5:30 Close up. All children have been picked up. Classroom Cleaned.
                                                          All activities will change periodically to ensure that all children are given an equal opportunity to explore their senses. 

                                                           

                                                           

                                                           Blessings we sing before our meals in the Star Room:

                                                          Morning Blessing
                                                          Song and sign language  
                                                          Good Morning, Stars.  Good Morning, Stars
                                                           (Verse and gestures)
                                                          Here are grandmother's glasses,  Here is grandmother's hat
                                                          And here is the way she folds her hands Just like that.

                                                          Song
                                                          Earth who gives to us this food,  
                                                          Sun who makes it ripe and good,  
                                                          Dear sun, dear earth,
                                                           Our loving thanks to you we give
                                                           (Spoken)   We ask for a blessing on our meal time, and for peace upon the earth.  
                                                          Blessings on our meal.

                                                          Lunch Blessing
                                                          Song and gestures
                                                          The lord is good to me
                                                          And so I thank the lord
                                                          For giving me the things I need
                                                          The Sun and the Rain and the Apple Seed Oh the lord is good to me.
                                                           (Spoken)  We ask for a blessing on our meal time, and for peace upon the earth.
                                                           Blessings on our meal.

                                                          Afternoon Blessing
                                                          Song
                                                          Blessings on the blossom,  Blessings on the fruit,  
                                                          Blessings on the leaf and stem,   Blessings on the root
                                                           (Spoken)    May our meal be blessed

                                                           

                                                           

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