Pinching, Promises, and Peace: Building Foundations for School Success
The Yellow Room, our largest mixed age classroom, had a fantastic week! Although it is only their second full week, they have put many things in motion in their classroom that will build the foundation for a successful school year. The Yellow Room has been really focusing on building their class routines so students become more familiar with the different parts of their day as well as growing their self-help skills. For young children, self-help skills may include using the toilet independently, washing their hands (a frequent occurrence!), putting on jackets, changing shoes, putting away their belongings, or working to clean up the classroom. In partnership with your child’s classroom teachers, we encourage you to think about how your child can be more independent at home. What self-help skills are they working on? Our young learners really are so capable!
One of the Yellow Room’s favorite traditions is their daily morning meeting. Students have been doing a wonderful job of sitting on the carpet during this time and singing along with Maggie, Nory, Paula, and Mike. Each morning meeting starts with singing and doing hand motions for the song “Peace Like a River” by Elizabeth Mitchell. Then a teacher reads the message on the white board which tells the class a little about the day ahead. Students get their wiggles out with a big body movement song and then they have a discussion topic. This week they talked about the “Yellow Room Class Promises.” These promises were that “We Take Care of Each Other,” “We Take Care of Our Friends,” “We Take Care of Our Things,” and “We Take Care of Our Community.” Next, the Yellow Room usually reads a story. Stories this week have included The Napping House by Audrey Wood, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, I’m So Brave by Stephen Krensky, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, and Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.
Art is an important part of our curriculum at Little Folks and the Yellow Room has been laying the foundations for art explorations. Much of their art this week was sensorial and included shaving cream and finger paint. Students also worked on building their hand muscles by ripping newspapers and collaging the ripped scraps. When they ripped, teachers would verbally cue them by saying “pinch, pinch, rip!” More focused art also happened in small groups as students worked with a teacher to draw self-portraits this week. Using a mirror, students made observations about themselves and used a Sharpie to draw a self-portrait. Self-portraits can be a great measure of student growth and the Yellow Room will continue to do this at different points throughout the school year.
One of the biggest joys in the Yellow Room is seeing friendships grow among the class of students. Students have learned each other’s names and are enjoying playing with their classmates throughout the day. We know that friendships will only continue to bloom this year!