We have completed our Phase-In and we are beginning to learn what it is like to be a whole group together! It has been such a delight getting to know your children and watching them engage with old friends and new ones. Phase In helped each child have the special time and attention he/she needed to get accustomed to a new classroom.
The children are adjusting to the daily routine of the carpool line, open and closing circle, the snack time process, making choices in the room and learning how to clean up work before making a new choice, saying words to express themselves, and respecting their friends and teachers.
One of our favorite songs at circle has been “Look Who Came to School Today” to the tune of Mary Had A Little Lamb. We have also been reciting a short poem about being a “star” in the Red Room. Both of these have helped the children learn one another’s names in a fun way!
We have been focusing on the themes of “Me, My Family and My Friends.” We are all different and special. It has been fun sharing what the children like about themselves. Our families are special too and the children are creating their families with sponge paints!
Our friends are another important part of our world, and the children are learning what it means to be a good friend. The children are making friendship bracelets out of colorful beads and pipe cleaners. The children are exercising their finger muscles with each bead they slide onto a pipe cleaner.
A lot of things are Red in our world and we are so happy to have your children in the Red Room this year!!! The sensory table is very popular allowing the children to use their hands and pull through red shiny packing paper while they look for red items! The children are enjoying the surprises that they find. The book, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear is fun to read with activities to follow with strawberries focusing on sorting, fine motor, and counting using dice.
Looking ahead, we will be exploring fall and Apples! Thank you for all of your support and excitement as we have completed the first few weeks! We are going to have a wonderful year guiding, nurturing and loving your precious children.
Fondly ~ Blanche and Debbie