We had such a busy day! Today, and most of this week, is all about learning routines.
We had an assembly almost first thing in the morning. The children listened to Mrs. Kemp talk about lunch and recess expectations. The big thing for lunch is that they need to sit in their seats and not get up until it's time to dump their trash. If they need help with anything, they need to raise their hand, not just get up and come to me or another adult. Another thing I will help them with is making sure they take their water bottles to lunch. We had such a rushed morning that we didn't talk about water bottles, but this is what you need to know. I will have them bring one water bottle to their table in the classroom to drink as needed. It would be a huge help if somehow you could pack a second water bottle in their lunchbox, if there is space, so they just have to put that in the lunch basket in the morning.
The children went to Art after the assembly. Mrs. Park had big compliments for how well they listened.
We will be working a lot with listening and not interrupting. I had to make a pretend phone call to Georgetown to find out if kids in preschool have to raise their hands, and of course pretend Mrs. Tecler said of course! They have so much to say but these first few days they have so much listening to do too! Their excitement and need to tell me things is hard for them to control. I tried to assure them that we will have lots of time for them to talk in our classroom. I'll also eat lunch with them this week, and possibly all year, with tables rotating to be the teacher table. This way we can get to know each other better and have that time to chat.
We talked a little bit about how to take care of the books in our classroom library and where they may read. We will talk about this more, especially in how to put the books back in the proper baskets.
The kids drew really great self-portraits today. They are learning that they need to work the whole time and stay in the their seats instead of getting up to talk to me or tell me they are done.
All of these are things kindergarten students go through every year!
We read You're Finally Here! by Melanie Watt today. This story is about an impatient bunny who has all kinds of different feelings about his friend's arrival. Ask me to tell you about what happened in the story.
We also enjoyed a couple of Brain Breaks. They loved the Milkshake break best. It was easy for them to follow along. It's posted below if you want to check it out!
Tomorrow I'm hoping will be a more typical day. We will learn about unpacking and morning routines. We will get to play in the classroom. Today was just a little too busy and we weren't getting through things very quick.
I'm tired, but I'm so excited for tomorrow.
Have a nice evening!