Friday, September 8, 2017

First Week of School (September 11-15)

First Weeks of School
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 These Weeks:
The Kissing Hand
Starting School

Small Groups:
Literacy Small Groups
-Kissing Hand Bingo- We will be matching uppercase letters on our bingo boards
-Kissing Hand Memory- Using vocabulary from the Kissing Hand, we will take turns playing a memory game
-Feeding Chester Letters- We will be cutting a set of letters.  Students will glue the letters of their name in order on a strip.  The letters that are not in their name they will feed to Chester raccoon
-Story Sequencing-After listening to our story, we will discuss events that happened.   Then we will cut pictures from the story then place in order to retell the story to reinforce left to right progression.  Students will verbally retell the events.

Math Small Groups/Fine Motor Small Groups
-Graphing- We will spin a spinner that has pictures from our story.  Then we will record by coloring one box to show which picture the spinner landed on. We will then count to see which picture we recorded the most and least.
-Roll a Dice- We will roll a number cube. We will identify the number then find the same number on our papers then color it.
-Number Recognition Roll and Cover- We will roll a number cube with the numbers 1-6.  Each child will roll the cube and place a cube on the number they rolled onto their recording sheets.
-Copy My Lines Roll a Cube Game- We will roll a cube with a variety of lines (3 straight lines, 1 curved line, 1 circle, etc) We will copy the lines we see on our cube on our paper by copying what we see or tracing the lines.

Art Table- Tissue Paper Collages for the first letter in our names/Raccoon Masks
Block Area- blocks with forest animals (like in our story)
Sand Table- Sand with sand toys
Book Area- Exploring Books about school
Writing Table- crayons and paper
Dramatic Play- dishes, cookware, and food (making breakfast role play)
Math, Puzzles, and Manipulatives- Pattern Blocks
Rug- Legos

Science/Social Studies Circle
- We will be focusing on our curriculum of Preschool Life Skills during this time to help us transition into our new classroom.
1. When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say,"Yes".
-Discussing how we sit and listen in a group (our community classroom)

Social Thinking Curriculum
During the course of the school year, we will be using a series of 6 books.
Our first book is Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings.
Concepts Include:
What is a thought?
Your brain is a thought maker
What is a feeling?
Your heart is a feelings keeper
A feeling is something that happens in your body
Songs, Word Plays, and Language
-Action Bingo Song:
There was a class that had a boy/girl, and _____was his/her name-o
(Each child chooses an action for others to follow)
Jump, Jump, (name), Jump, Jump, (name), Jump, Jump, (name),
We're glad you're in school today.
-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?
-ABC Rock by Steve and Greg
-Number Rock by Steve and Greg
-Dino Stomp

Classroom Motivational System
We will be learning classroom routines and expectations within our new classroom.  In order to create a successful and rewarding environment, each child will have a motivational system. Our classroom system promotes positive classroom behavior through positive peer modeling and teachers providing positive reinforcement for desired behaviors.  This system can be explained more thoroughly in a tab on this blog.  

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