It was nice today to be able to walk around and check on the activities of all the classes. While we had just a few tears as children arrived, they quickly subsided and the kids were BUSY! Here’s a little snapshot of the activities I saw in a short 15 minutes.
These girls were intently drawing self portraits for their journals. What a wonderful way to gauge their growth in drawing and writing by doing this at the beginning of the year and then again at the end of the school year.
Our Brown class kids were busy cleaning up. This is using sorting and classifying skills. It also promotes emergent literacy as they see the photo and the written word for the item to go in each tub. Of course self esteem develops as they realize they have an important job in the class.
Next it was time for circle. Ms. Kim held up a symbol as the children watched for their corresponding symbol. It was a great time to reinforce the school readiness skill of sitting in a spot during circle and also the names of each child in the class.
Our youngest ones today, the Discovery Days 2 class, were also sitting on their symbols – a specific animal on the rug. This helps the children know an area to be which also helps them understand appropriate social cues such as how much distance we should have between people. Ms. MaryBeth was reading the book God Made Me. What a wonderful message as the children talk about the different body parts – how each is similar and yet unique.
The Yellow class was in the middle of their “Work Time.” During this time children are busy playing – the work of childhood. I loved the social interaction I had with the little guy with a camera. He was dressed up and busy taking lots of pictures – what a wonderful way to try on different roles he may have seen or to use his imagination. The car ramp (in the photo on the right) is a hot item in this class. Just imagine the social coordination the children learn as they take turns, remember a certain person is using the “red” car, and engage each other in conversation. As the year progresses we often see more experimentation with the items on the ramp – do the bigger cars go faster, etc.
These two often play in the dramatic play area. In this instance the little guy is serving some pizza. What a wonderful chance to practice nurturing another person. The little girl was patiently waiting for her food and even said “Thanks.” You just can’t practice those social graces enough.
During work time the Yellow (and Orange) class teachers are taking children a couple at a time to use the restroom. This builds familiarity and comfort with those basic needs. I love listening to the stories the children tell as they walk. Children are also learning independence and self sufficiency.
Our morning Blue class was enjoying some playtime on the playground. As I walked up to the boys on the gator-totter I heard the little one in the middle ask if he could play too. The others quickly rearranged their positions to make room for him. There was some trial and error as they figured out how they could all sit and still easily make the gator rock. That’s physics folks!
The sandbox is another area of great interest. Today I saw lots of math as the children worked with filling buckets (or dinosaurs) with sand. “I wonder how many scoops of sand the dinosaur holds.” That’s the kind of support adults can add to their play which encourages more contemplative play.
The Red class Large Motor activity today happened to also be on the playground today. Ms. Janel was busy having the children hop, run, balance and more. The whole time she was recorded her observations. This is called baseline information to compare with future attempts.
I couldn’t help but engage with the kids. I love how quickly they comply with my request for a quick wave hello – for the camera of course!!