Week 2 Update

Well we’re back into the swing of thing. The children are adjusted to their new routines and ready to learn.

As noted in the newsletter, our fire inspection is on Monday. This is very important for both the school and the students to learn fire safety. Because the fire department will be coming, they will bring their fire truck. We will have a chance to take photos with the fire truck. This will be happening just after 2pm. If half day students wish to stay for this, they are welcome. They can be picked up around 2:30.

Also in the newsletter is a link to order from the Scholastic Book Club. A catalogue went home in your child’s backpack today. I highly encourage you to buy books to read with your child. Reading at home is the best homework children of this age can do. Not only does it help them academically, it helps foster a life-long love of reading. If you would like recommendations of books to buy, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Because we have a new class dynamic, we’re going to be doing  some concentrated work on kindness over the next few weeks. We will be doing this during our Morning Meeting time. Emotional awareness, kindness, and empathy are skills that should be reinforced at home as well. To this end, every Friday I will upload a PDF of the plan for our Morning Meetings for the upcoming week so you will be aware of what we’re talking about each day. I know children don’t always communicate well about their day for you to be able to follow up easily at home. Here is the first week of our Kindness Morning Meeting curriculum. Week 1 acts of kindness. We will be doing these lessons on Tuesday-Friday.

The students had a lot of fun for Crazy Hat Day. Not everyone brought a hat so we spent some time making our own.

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Phonics is till going well and the students are learning lots being separated into their level groups. In the upcoming weeks we will be doing even more targeted learning at each child’s learning level. Stay tuned!

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In PE we introduced some activities we hadn’t done since last semester such as Submarine Tag (which the students just call “the catch game”) in which the person who is “it” tags a student and that student must lay down and put their periscope up (put their leg in the air). They can be saved by another student coming along and putting their periscope down. We also tried using hula hoops with varying levels of success.

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In IPC we’ve started to make our own puppets to facilitate our learning about playing pretend.

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Learning about playing pretend in IPC has really sparked some interesting changes in our developmental play time.

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Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!