We have had such a great week, in spite of the heat! We have been using classroom toys safely, enjoying our specials classes, and doing cutting projects. For circle times (when we study our school-wide topic unit) we are building our Mayan villages in our Home Living areas and learning about what “ancient” means (a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, LONG time ago), how they built their homes and what materials they used, as well as what foods they ate. We will continue learning about what life was like for the ancient Maya next week.
We are really working on helping our students to feel independent and successful in our school setting. They are so proud of themselves when they can “do their job” (meaning meet the expectations of daily life in our preschool classroom). This includes being able to easily take their shoes on and off, as well as use the bathroom without having to ask for help with getting out of their clothes or back into their clothes (how frustrating must it be to not be able to finish putting your pants back on because you don’t have the strength yet to snap your jeans shut or know how to get out of a belt or jumper/overalls?). Everything we do with your children prepares them for a successful career as a student (which they will likely do for the next 20 years!!), and we want them to build self-confidence and make positive associations with school (school is fun; school is easy and interesting; I feel safe at school).
Thank you for continuing to send your child with safe running/play shoes with a velcro strap and socks. Our preschoolers grow and change so fast that they are continuously having to re-learn their relationship to the ground and the world around them; secure shoes take away an added level of stress. We have enough skinned knees and elbows as it is!! And sweaty feet are no fun to try to get back into sweaty shoes without socks. 🙂 It may be useful to have your preschooler practice getting their shoes on and off before having to do it at school so they feel comfortable, and you are certainly welcome to leave play shoes at school if your child prefers impractical shoes (thanks to those of you who have!).
We are continuing to work on our safety rules: keep yourself safe, keep your friends safe, keep your things safe, “stop for good,” and “we don’t take toys from kids.” Your preschooler can tell you all about it. 🙂 This week we have been focusing on keeping our friends safe (especially our friends’ feelings, which means using kind words and working on helping them feel better when we make mistakes), and keeping ourselves safe (especially keeping our bodies under control, like walking in the school building, sitting in circle time, relaxing at rest time and making healthy choices at lunch time).
Don’t forget Back to School Night next Tuesday, September 10 from 6-6:25 pm. We will present as a Preschool Team in Mary and Amber’s room. More info about the board updates and specials teachers availability for that night can be found in last Sunday’s eNews. We’ll see you there!
The Early Childhood Team
Amber, Christin, Lois and Mary