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. The below are some highlights, but not all of what we have been doing over the past two weeks.
Themes: Me, My Family and My Friends
Song: “Look Who Came to School Today” to the tune of Mary Had A Little Lamb- helps the children learn one another's names in a fun way
Art: Family sponge painting, easel friend painting, balloon painting friendship mural, dot dot girl/ boy, strawberries
Fine Motor: monkey and bananas with tongs, strawberries with pom poms and tongs, friendship bracelets with pony beads and pipe cleaners
Gross Motor: Shaving cream with red food coloring
Sensory Box: red shiny packing paper with red items hidden, rice with funnels, cups, spoons and rakes, moon sand
Books: The Little Mouse,The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear, Clifford Makes a Friend, Clifford’s First Day of School, The Kissing Hand, This is My Family, New Shoes, Red Shoes
Manipulatives: puzzles, shape recognition, bunchems, squids, sorting pets by color
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.
Blanche, Debbie and Jelena