Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Week of School- September 12-16

Our first month of school is upon us. We will begin our school year getting to know each other and establishing classroom routines.  During the month of September, we will be focusing on developing classroom expectations, routines, and getting to know each learner. Our books for the first several weeks will pertain to transitioning to school and feelings about coming to school.  We will also use these books to have the students become familiar with our curriculum approach which is to use books to build on our classroom activities.

Books This Week:
Starting School by Franzesha Ewart
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Small Groups:
-Uppercase Letter Collage- Each Child will be given the beginning letter of their name. They will use fine motor pinching grasp to glue tissue paper onto their letter. We will discuss letter sounds and other friends in our name who have the same or different beginning letter.
-Letters in Name Sort- Each child will be given a letter sorting mat and letter manipulatives. We will sort letters in their name and letters not in their name.
-Name Letter Puzzles- Each child will cut out letters and put into a bowl(Letter soup). They will mix up their letter soup then put the letters back into the correct order of their name.
-All About Me Book- Children draw a self portrait and write their name in their book. We will look at ourselves in mirrors and draw what we see.
-All About Me Book-How old are you?
-All About Me Book- What foods do you like to eat?

Art Table- Painting Hand Prints for name cards
Block Area- blocks
Sand Table- sand and sandtoys
Book Area- Exploring Books about school
Easel-Markers and paper
Writing Table- crayons and paper
Dramatic Play- dishes, cookware, and food
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives-
Science - What I did over the summer. Exploring seashells
Rug- Legos for building

Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-If your happy and you know it.
-Here we are together at school
-Our Good Morning Chant
-The Cub of Day, Who will it be?
-ACORN (Tune of Bingo)
-I'm a little acorn

Nursery Rhyme
-Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around!

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