First of all, I want to thank all of you for showering me with yummy snacks, donations to our classroom and sharing your sweethearts with me.
Second…we all made it through the first 2 days of KINDERGARTEN! I am so proud of all your precious children. They were such troopers and I know sooo tired!
We have a lot planned for this week as well. Here is a sneak peek into what we will be learning:
-Sign in sheets on anchor charts
-Crayon/Shape Velcro Match
-Make shapes with yarn
-Tracing alphabet letters/Write Name with expos
-Look at Me Make Good Choices
-I love you ritual: Twinkle, Twinkle
-Well Wisher/Safe Keeper Box
-Review our general rules:
We will use watching eyes, listening ears, kind words, gentle touches, and walking feet
–CHAMPS Looks Like/Sounds Like Anchor Charts: Carpet, Lining up, Hallway, Bathroom, Playground, Cafeteria
-Getting the Teacher’s Attention
-We use breathing strategies to help us calm when we are upset or overwhelmed. Here are some that we will be using this year:
-We also have books called I Can Calm and I Can Calm When I am Upset to help guide the children of what to do when they become overwhelmed or upset. Children do not naturally know how to self regulate their emotions, so it is my job to teach them strategies to use in order to help them. I will be their calm when they are upset and teach them how to calm when they are caught up in an extremelly emotional situation. Other things we use are having a safe place in our classroom which includes a cozy seat, calm down kits with senory bottles, squeezing items, breathing boards, etc…
–Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
we will hunt for all of the clues the gingerbread man left for us around the school. All of the clues are in areas around the school that we will go to on a regular basis: cafeteria, gym, playground, library, office, music, technology etc… Afterwards, the gingerbread man will leave us all a yummy treat (shhh… don’t tell your kiddos!).
Activity: My Name is Special
–Sophie is a S.T.A.R
This helps us learn about the S.T.A.R breathing strategy
–Sophie’s Helpful Day
How can we be helpful at school?
–Sophie’s Big Voice
We encourage our students to use their big voices when someone has made them upset. We have a time machine that we use to help the kiddos work out their problems. Here is a picture of what it looks like:
–Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
We will make a tree with our name, sort capital/lowercase letters, make a class alphabet name book and many other alphabet activities this week.
–Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
Each kiddo has a bucket and when I spy them being a bucket filler, they are allowed to add a poof ball to their bucket. When they earn 6 poof balls, they are allowed to pick an incentive award.
–The Way I Feel
Activity: When someone is bugging me I can….
–Ruthie and the Not so Teeny Tiny Lie
–My Mouth is a Volcano
Learning how to be respectful when our friends are speaking and waiting our turn
–David Gets in Trouble
What Makes a Good Student Activity
Chicken Count, Count to 100, Five Little Speckled Frogs, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, Subitize Super Fast 10
-Arranging jumbo numbers in correct order
-Subitizing using rekenreks and ten frames
-Exploring math manipulatives such as:
Magna Tiles, Pattern Blocks, Pin Boards, Shapes, Blocks, Unifix Cubes and many more
We are going to have a FANTASTIC week.
P.S. Sometimes we are not able to get to EVERYTHING we have planned for the week, so there may be times that you see me carry a few items over into the next week. My most important goal is for your kiddos to have FUN while learning.