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. We introduced the pretend play center, block center and small world center. We are introducing our centers slowly to explore appropriate behavior in each center during play time.
During circle time, we sang songs to shake out our “sillies” & help us attend to activities and stories. A few other songs we sang were Criss Cross Applesauce, Hello, Jump Up & Down (transition song), ABC You Later, The Goodbye Song, & Goodbye. We read Time to Say Bye-Bye (Maryann Cocca-Leffler), The School Book (Todd Parr) and Scholastic's My Big World reader, Our Class Rules. These stories helped us adjust to being at school and away from our homes. We counted the days on our linear calendar then jumped up and down the same number of times. We are also counting our way to 100 days of school. Each school day we add a star 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 used instruments while dancing to songs on Kidz Bop Dance Party on Friday morning and afternoon. Every Friday we will participate in a fabulous & fun Friday dance party! On Friday we also answered the question, “What kind of teacher do you want?” See our language chart below. If your child’s name is not on the chart, that is because your child was not in school or chose to not answer the question.
- Friday, 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 Friday, September 15.
- During the next few weeks, our new students will paint placemats using watercolors to use during snack and lunch. We will also make our own birthday crowns to use during birthday celebrations.
- We are taking a field trip to the Holbrook Fire Dept on October 2nd. We might need some help with carpooling for these trips. More information to come soon.
- Please send in a family picture to include on our “Family” wall if you haven't already done so.
- Please turn in any paperwork that was sent home as soon as possible.
- Scholastic book orders will be sent home next week and are due on Friday, 9/15/17.
- Back to School Night will be September 27, 2017 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
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, Ms. Sarah, Miss Fabi & Miss Bethany