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 read Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington to help introduce our pretend play center. We learned about how we use the toys in this 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 Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes, The Banana Song by Dr. Jean, Criss Cross Applesauce, It’s Story Time, Hello & Jump Up & Down (transition song). We read Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes (Eric Litwin) which was a fun introduction to our classroom This book helped us adjust to being at 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 are also counting our way to 100 days of school. Each school day we add the correct number to our 100 Days chart, then jump while counting to the number (3 days down!). Do you think we’ll be able to jump up and down 100 times? Only time will tell!
To end the first week we played instruments while dancing to songs on Friday morning and afternoon. Every Friday we will participate in a fabulous, fun Friday dance party!
- We are closed on Monday, 9/10 & Tuesday 9/11 for Rosh Hashanah. Happy New Year to all of our families who celebrate!
- Saturday, 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 17.
- 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.
- We are taking a field trip to the Holbrook Fire Dept. on October 16. More information to come soon along with permission slips.
- Please send in a family picture to include on our “Family” wall.
- If you would like to be included on our friendship list, please be sure to complete the form during drop off or pick up. A copy will soon be distributed to all families who have signed up.
- Please turn in any paperwork that was sent home as soon as possible.
- Scholastic book orders are due on Friday, 9/14/18.
- We are closed Wednesday, 9/19/18 for Yom Kippur. Wishing an easy fast for all of our families who observe.
- Back to School Night will be 9/26/18 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
- 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 finding belongings. Thank you.
Remember to ask your child open-ended questions about their day. This will encourage open communication between parents and children as well as help develop their language skills.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Ms. Sheri, Ms. Joyce, Miss Fabi