This month we will spend time observing our students to discover their interests during play. We will also introduce many exciting topics, including the identification and recognition of body parts, letters, numbers, shapes and colors. In addition, we will learn to recognize our names in print and practice writing skills in our writing center. All of these skills will be learned through developmentally appropriate play-based activities.
We are off to a fabulous start! During the first few days we adjusted to the classroom routine, made new friends & reviewed classroom rules. During the first few weeks of school, we slowly introduce our centers to explore appropriate behavior in each center during play time. We have been learn about how we use the toys in the pretend play center, how to clean up after playing with a toy & all of the fun ways to play during pretend play.
During circle time, we sang songs to help us attend to activities and stories. A few of the songs we sang included Welcome Song, Shake Your Sillies Out, Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes, Criss Cross Applesauce, Hickey, Picky Bumble Bee, It’s Story Time & Jump Up & Down (transition song). We read Llama Llama Misses Mama (Anna Dewdney) & My Somebody Special (Sarah Weeks) which prompted discussion about how we feel about our families bringing us to school. Sometimes we read the same book several times during the week. We answer questions pertaining to the story & practice recalling specific facts from the book. We also read Let's Wash Our Hands to learn about why we wash our hands before snack.
To end our first week we played instruments while dancing to songs on Friday morning. Every Friday we will participate in a fabulous, fun Friday dance party!
- September 15ish is International Dot Day! International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, which began when a classroom teacher introduced his students to the book, The Dot (Peter Reynolds). The Dot is a story about a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. And each year on International Dot Day – the inspiration continues. We will participate in various activities including the reading of The Dot by Peter Reynolds. If your child has any polka dot clothing, please wear the polka dots to school on Monday, September 16.
- During the next few weeks, our new students will paint place mats using watercolors to use during snack and lunch. We will all decorate our own birthday crowns to use during birthday celebrations & also paint & decorate the 1st letter of our names for our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree.
- We are taking a field trip to the Holbrook Fire Department in October. We might need some help with carpooling for the trip. More information to come soon along with permission slips.
- Please send in a family picture to include on our “Family” wall.
- School Picture Day is September 23, 2019.
- If your child does not attend school on Mondays but you would like a school picture taken, please feel free to accompany your child for picture day.
- Please turn in any paperwork that was sent home as soon as possible.
- Scholastic book orders are due on Friday, 9/9/19.
- Please feel free to enter the classroom to help your child during arrival/dismissal, especially during the first few weeks of school. We have one teacher hold open the door (& prevent escapees) & one teacher who remains with the children. It is helpful if families assist children with stowing belongings. Thank you.
- We are closed on Monday, 9/30 & Tuesday 10/1 for Rosh Hashanah. Happy New Year to all of our families who celebrate!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Ms. Sheri & Ms. Joyce