Thursday, August 27, 2015

All About Me

Our This week was kind of all over the place because we still had to fit in 1 more staggered day for a few of our new friends while learning s out being bucket fillers and learning all about us. 

We learned about making good choices and being kind friends so we can be bucket fillers and we made happy little buckets to show that we will be try to make good choices. 

This week we will be learning all about ourselves and our friends and what makes us all special. One thing that makes us special is our names. 

We sang If Your Name Begins With ______ Please Stand Up and as they sold each child was handed the letter their name begins with. After we had everyone's letter we decorated them with stickers. 

We cut out the letter our name begins with from magazines and glued them into the middle of our letters. 

We read a story called Chrysanthemum and practices writing/tracing our names, counting how many letters are in our names. 

We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and created our own coconut trees, glued letter coconuts on our trees spelling our names. 

 We met Mat Man and learned all of the different parts of our bodies by drawing self portraits. 

Last but not least we made mosaic names so we could show off what makes us all special. 

We had such a great week at school and we can't wait to meet our first letter friend next week. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Welcome Back!!

It is that time of year again. The smell of crayons and Lysol is in the air. It has been  a little over a week since the school year started and we have had inservice, parent orientation, and the first 3 days of school. I don't know if it is because I have been doing all of this for quite some time now ( 13 years) or because I am older and wiser, but everything is just falling into place and flowing so smoothly. 

For the first time I was not a nervous wreck at parent orientation. 

We start 4K with 3 staggered days where we have 6-7 of our friends come each of those days to help them get acclimated to the classroom and all of their new friends. I like to make things as fun and inviting the first day because I want them to see school as a fun place that they will want to come back to each and everyday . We started off our day coloring a few back to school pictures, playing fun get to know you games, and we made super cute first day of school hats.

One of my favorite stories for the beginning of the year is The Kissing Hand which is about a little raccoon named Chester who is scared to go to school. This story gives us the opportunity to talk about how we all felt the first day of school. After reading our story everyone worked to make their very own Chester the raccoon to help them remember that school is a fun place to be. 

After learning all about our classroom with a classroom scavenger hunt, we played on the playground and last but not least we played in centers. 

So for everything has gone as smooth as a well blended strawberry and banana smoothie and everyone seems to be having a blast. I can't wait to have our first full day of school and really get this school year started.