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 for our older students, we will 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 & helped make a list of classroom rules. Having the children help establish the class rules allows them to take ownership of the classroom. I don’t want our classroom to be mine. I want the children to know that it belongs to them too. The rules also become a tool for learning how to take part in a democratic community. If someone breaks a rule, the teachers can say, “Remember that you and your friends made a rule that says walking feet in the classroom.”
A few other activities we participated in this week: finger painting our BD crowns, taking our fingerprints, measuring our height & of course playing in the different areas of our classroom. Our 4- year-olds decorated their journals & completed the 1st page. We will use these journals for writing during the course of the school year.
- Thursday, 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 dotted clothing, please wear the polka dots to school next Thursday.
- We are looking into some field trips including a trip to the Holbrook Fire Dept. We will need some help with carpooling for these trips. More information to come soon.
- Please send in a family picture if we don't have one from last year. However, you are welcome to send in an updated picture if you would like.
- Scholastic book orders are due on Friday, 9/16/16.
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 Bethan