We had a fun week! I hope everyone enjoyed the pumpkin patch. It was fun to have all the kids and parents together – felt like a big family!
I love our class! The children are making friends and bonding as a group, and I’m figuring out what kinds of things interest them and how they like to work. They are a very physical class, so I will incorporate lots of action into our lesson plans this year. We like to move around and have hands on experiences! Fun, fun, fun!! :-) They are really doing well with our routine - putting their bags in their cubbies and washing hands when they arrive, cleaning up their toys when the clean up bell rings, taking turns washing hands before snack, using friendly table manners with asking and passing at the snack table, finding a spot on the rug for circle time, counting our class members and singing the hello song in english, spanish and sign language!, knowing which star color they are when we divide into smaller groups, playing quietly with toys on the rug area if they finish a project before we switch groups – and playing cooperatively with each other, gathering at the block room door for whole school music time at the end of the day, being good examples for the pre-school class by sitting quietly to start our music time, and waiting for their names to be called when it is time to go home. That is a lot to accomplish and I’m very proud of them!
Today, some of us carved pumpkins during free choice time. The whole class then used the parts for a sink or float experiment with Miss Vinnie! We tested the stems, the seeds, the guts and the skin – and then a whole mini pumpkin! We did this instead of acting out our Big Pumpkin story, so that will happen next week. Next week we will also make “Five Little Pumpkin” books, so they can sing the song with you! And we will use water color to paint pumpkins, gourds and/or corn – looking at them on the table and transferring the image onto the water color paper… Some will look like something, some won’t – it is a process. Remember, they develop different skills at different times. We are just introducing a variety of things and those experiences are part of scaffolding, or “making tracks in their brains.” On that note, they get to be chefs again on Friday! They will make their own banana pudding. Yummy! …Some day in the distant future, they will be able to make you dinner!
Monday we will have a fire fighter visit our school. He won’t have a truck, but will talk with the kids about fire safety. His name is Edwin and he is the husband of the now grown up little girl for whom I was a nanny – and I just met him this summer at their wedding! It was very kind of him to agree to do this for us.
Lastly, here are a couple of notes that I was asked to pass on for the next time you work at school:
1. When you are snack parent, please bring the food 90% ready to serve. (fruit washed and sliced, cheese cubed, veggies washed etc) so that you have time to play and interact with the children in the classroom.
2. Whenever possible, working parents should park in the reserved spots behind the school. This allows the spots towards the front to stay open for drop off and pick up and is safer for children and parents walking to their cars.
Thank you for all you do to make our school so great! Your loving interaction with the kids during free choice, your willingness to lead or help with a small group, your time on your committee, and your hard work to keep our school so clean, safe and organized are so appreciated!!! We have an amazing community, and because of that, we can offer the kids amazing experiences.
Have a wonderful weekend!