It's hard to believe that we have almost finished our first quarter of the school year! We have been very busy in the classroom learning all about 'me and my world'. This quarter we have learned about how families are the same and different. The students made family quilts, identifying places, people and things that are symbolic to their family. We learned about different homes around the world, parts of the home, and how people travel in different parts of the world. Most recently, we have been learning about different foods that families eat based on their country of origin. We will celebrate our learning about, Me and My World on Friday, Oct. 19th at our Family Food Picnic. Here are some photos of quarter 1 learning!
We had a super first day of school today! Our students arrived with arms full of supplies-- excited to start their new adventure in PreK4! In the morning we had some fun exploring our classroom centers: showcasing our talents in drawing at the art table; working on counting puzzles; playing with blocks and giant dinosaurs; and who can forget the fun we had at the sensory table, playing with rice! Later on in the day, we worked with read a special book about the first day of school and talked about our feelings. In math, we explored some of our classroom materials and then went to art class! The afternoon was full of outdoor play and free-choice at center time. Here are some photos of the students on this special day!
PreK4 enjoyed a special day on Valentine's Day. During language we read a story about how to be a good friend and students talked about and illustrated : what makes a good friend? We counted hearts in math and had a fun party with delicious snacks to end the day! Here is a great shot of our whole group!
This month in PreK4 we have been learning what it means to be a 'bucket filler'. What is a bucket filler, you might ask? The idea comes from the book, Have You Filled A Bucket Today. The premise of the book, is that everyone in the world carries an invisible bucket. When we say or do kind things to ourselves and others, we are filling others buckets, and our own buckets! To the contrary, when we speak unkind words or do something that hurts ourselves or others, we are dipping from our buckets. PreK4 has been brainstorming different ways to fill others buckets. They have come up with some great ideas, and never fail to amaze me with their kind and caring hearts!! Have a listen to the story!
On Friday, October 3rd, the PreK4 students presented at the first PreK morning circle of the year! The class sang our 'Good Morning' song a song about our feelings, and talked about how certain events and occurrences make them feel. They sang and presented with great confidence! Here are a few photos with the students sharing their work:
Our morning routines in PreK-4 are full of choice and learning through play. Over the past two weeks, students have practiced finding their cubby, putting their things away, and signing in on our class sign in sheet. After finishing these two jobs, the PreK4s can go to a center of their choice--with friends or independently, to build, play, explore and create. They have built amazing structures and painted some very interesting creations! Here are a few photos of the students in action during our first block of the day. Enjoy!
We had a great first day in PreK4 today! Everyone worked and played so well together; there were some happy reunions between friends, and some new budding friendships in the making!
In language we read a sweet book called The Kissing Hand. The story is about a little racoon who doesn't want to go to school because he is worried he will miss his Mommy too much. The Mommy racoon gives him a great idea---she kisses his little hand and tells him to press it softly against his cheek to remember her while he is at school. The little racoon loves his Mommy's idea and decides to kiss her too. He is able to happily join his friends at school. Your kids loved this book and definitely missed you all. They also made some kissing hand art of their own and shared their feelings about the first day of school.
In math, we learned how to work with one of our math resources, the pattern blocks. The students loved matching shapes together on the mats and felt proud when they completed their designs. Here are a few pictures of their time exploring with pattern blocks.
We had lots of fun on the playground and singing songs together. I look forward to the year ahead!
Wow! It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again--back to school! Teachers have been back at work over the last week but were are missing the most important part--the heart of the school--your amazing children.
Here is some information that might help you and your child to settle in nicely on Monday morning. I can't wait to see everyone.
* Please arrive shortly before 8:00 am so that everyone has plenty of time to settle in and check out their new surroundings :).
*Find out where your child's cubby is located outside of the classroom and leave his or her backpack there.
*Please leave your child's labelled school supplies on the PreK4 table in the gazebo (just outside the classroom). Ms. Eva and I will later collect all of the supplies and organize them in the room. Thank you in advance for writing your child's name on their belongings. This helps to make sure that everyone has all that they need for the year.
* At drop off time, please introduce your child to me and give your child a big hug or goodbye; assure them that they will have a great day. Your trust and confidence in leaving them with their teachers will help them to develop that same trust and confidence.
* Ensure your child has a snack for 2pm. If your child eats food from the cafeteria, their morning snack and lunch will be provided. However, the last snack of the day is sent from home. Lunches can be stored in the PreK refrigerator.
*Water bottles can be stored in the plastic bin just inside the classroom door. You can bring your child's water bottle home every afternoon or leave them until Friday.
Have a great first day off, families! I look forward to working together with you this year for your child's education.
The boys and girls have been learning some sight words during this quarter. Each week, we learn two additional sight words. We have focused on finding them in text; reading them on their own and in sentences; writing them; and using them orally in sentences. If you would like to practice building fluency with your child, you might want to play a game of sight word memory, or have your child look at books and find these words in the text. Happy reading!
*one *two *I *am *like *see *the *a *an
Hello! My name is Ashley Saunders and I am the PreK-4 Teacher here at the International School of Sosua! I love working with young children and living in this tropical paradise.