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Milk and Cookies~ A Playgroup

The Milk and Cookies playgroup is a mixture of  the Montessori Method and Reggio Emilia. Our playgroup is designed to foster multi-age (3-6 yrs) relationships with our playmates. We embrace an endless diversity of learning styles. We seek beauty in our classroom environment and view parents, children, and educators as partners. We are committed to accepting children for who they are today!

The goal of the playgroup is to help children gain skills in Practical Life and Problem Solving through role modeling and play. 
What is Practical Life? The direct aim of Practical Life activities is to assist the child in developing social skills, and personal independence. Below is a list of different types of activities that fall under Practical Life. 

Care and Respect for Self                          Care and Respect for Environment
How to pour water                                             How to use a dustpan and brush
How to sort cutlery                                            How to wipe up a spill
How to wash your hands                                 How to water a plant
How to sew a button onto cloth                  How to clean a house plant                        
How to pack a lunch                                            How to feed a pet

Social Grace and Courtesies                                        Fine Motor Skills
How to draw a person's attention                                 How to package eggs
How to say "Please" and "Thank you"                        How to clip clothespins
How to answer the telephone                                        How to pour water into a narrow neck bottle
How to blow your nose                                                        How to grate soap

 Life Skills
How to hammer a nail
How to roll a pair of socks
How to make orange juice
How to set the table
How to wrap a present
How to fold napkins

What is Problem Solving? Problem solving is a skill set used by your child that incorporates his or her ability to perceive, think, and gain understanding about his or her world.

                                                       The Four Steps to Teaching Problem Solving
1. Help them identify a problem. (During playgroups we will offer inquiry based provocations, play games, role play, and use meaningful situations as learning opportunities).
2. Think of some solutions.  ( Children will learn the power of brainstorming)
3. What would happen? Would it be safe? ( Encouraged to make predictions on the outcome of their solutions through role playing)
4. Give it a try! ( Get out of the child's way, provide prompts if solution did not work)

Every day of every year we use our problem solving skills to make decisions. Problem solving begins in preschool! Milk and Cookies is a Playgroup that will lay the foundation for the child's introduction to school, providing a link between home and school.

On Monday, July 10th from 6:00-8:30 pm we will be hosting A Teddy Bear's Picnic for all who would like to celebrate the National Holiday Teddy Bear's Picnic Day. This would be an awesome time to get to know us and other families who will be participating in the Milk and Cookies Playgroup. If you have any questions about this program, or would like to enroll your child in the Milk and Cookies Playgroup please feel free to contact us. Don't forget to subscribe to this blog to get the latest updates. Up to date information will also be shared on our Facebook page. 


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