“Getting to Know You”
It’s a very ancient saying,
But a true and honest thought,
That if you become a teacher,
By your pupils you’ll be taught.
As a teacher I’ve been learning —
You’ll forgive me if I boast —
And I’ve now become an expert,
On the subject I like most.
Getting to know you.
Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me.
Getting to know you,
Putting it my way,
You are precisely,
My cup of tea.
~The King and I
I am thrilled that the new school year is upon us! I absolutely love this time of year, everything is new and exciting. It has been so much fun getting to know each and every one of my new children. We had a fun and busy week exploring our classroom and getting acquainted with our new routines and schedule.
Owls (my favorite) welcome everyone into our class this year!
Tour Our Classroom
This is our circle time/learning wall. Here we start the day with songs and dancing and learn all about the days of the week, months of the year and counting on the calendar. We also introduce and learn about the letter of the week, read stories and announce our weekly helpers on the job chart.
This is our library center. Here the children can look at books independently in our quiet little nook.
The writing and art center. Lots of paint, crayons, markers, chalk, paper and pencils for the children to allow their imaginations to soar.
We have two very sweet guinea pigs for our class pets! Penny and Poppy love being a part of our classroom. On this bulletin board, I will post pictures of the children interacting with our furry friends.
We had a meet and greet and everyone got to meet Poppy during circle time. The children introduced themselves to her and got to pet her gently.
We arranged the tables a little differently this year. Ms. Lia came up with the new floor plan and I love it! And here you can see our manipulative, math and science centers and in the back on the left is our block and house keeping centers as well.
We read books all about going to school. We read “David Goes to School” by David Shannon, “Curious George’s First Day of School” by Margret and H.A. Rey and “Froggy Goes to School” by Jonathan London. These books helped ease the jitters of the new school year transition.
We made a paper plate Curious George to go along with our story.
Our art work is proudly on display in the hall way.
We read and learned all about shapes with the books: “Shapes Around Me” by Anita Loughrey and “Eyelike: Shapes and Patterns” by PlayBac Publishing.
Sing with Me
(To the tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man?)
Do you know what shape this is,
What shape this is, what shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is
I’m holding in my hand?
I held up shape cards as we sang and the children identified them.
We made shape collages out of foam cut outs and glued them to paper.
The children had so much fun molding and manipulating play dough to make shapes we talked about in our books.
Small Group Center Time
The children enjoyed sorting and matching all different shapes, grouping, counting and classifying them by color and type.
We had a fantastic week and I am looking forward to many more creative and exciting adventures this year!