I feel like it's time for another co-op update! I haven't blogged too much about what we have been up to lately, but Montessori co-op has still been meeting once a week.
We still have a couple toddlers in our classroom. They are siblings of the older children. So, the challenge is integrating the toddlers into a classroom that otherwise holds older child work. This is especially challenging with toddlers that are not easily distracted from the preschoolers work.
Create Similar Work
Also, I try to create work that is similar, but not necessarily equal for the toddlers. For example, I have a set of Virtual Montessori chalkboards out for the preschoolers right now --to work on fine motor and writing skills. So, for the toddlers I have a blackboard pig, which is more open ended but begins these same skills.
However, while the work might be similar, remember that toddlers are still toddlers. Don't hold toddlers to the same standards as the preschoolers. The toddlers do attempt to use preschool work often, but we don't expect them to be perfect or use it completely as it was shown. Sometimes, we need to be ok with varying how the work is completed.
Don't forget about sensory work