Finding a Rhythm

As our short second week comes to a close, we have been practicing our transitions and building new routines. Many of us are still struggling with separation from our parents, and each of us will take the time we need with our grown up until we get the hang out things. In building new routines, we started going to the gym this week! We had so much fun playing there. Eventually, we will transition again to the upstairs gym when we are ready. Also, one of our specialists, Diane, came in this week for cooking. We learned about apples and pears, seeds and stems, and different colors and flavors. In the future, we will have more fun specialists join us with new and interesting activities. Things in our world and environment are changing, just as we are changing, we now even have boxes in our classroom now for fun with our new friends! Let's see if we find a rhythm of fun in the upcoming weeks!

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First Week Activities

As mentioned yesterday, we have been so busy this first week! Our school-wide focus is about  identity and at our age we are working on fine motor skills - in addition to all of the beginning of the school year hurdles! Our morning time and group activities have incorporated art projects and activities with play dough, markers, chalk, paintbrushes, tweezers, and musical instruments. These tools help us focus on our hand-eye coordination as well as putting our ideas into action, whether in play, paper, or sound. 

In the video below, you can also see that we our working on identifying our body parts, as well as directions. What a fun coordination and identity activity!

Look how we are holding our crayons and staying so focused!

Look how we are holding our crayons and staying so focused!

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First Week Reflections

This week our focus has been on identity, mirroring, and our parents coming and going. We are learning names and faces, we are learning times and schedules, and we are learning about the likes and dislikes of ourselves and others.  

We recognized friends from last year, and the parents of our friends. Lauren found her brother through the kitchen window and realized she isn't alone. Jude loves to say hello to Romeo's dad.  We have found our belly buttons every time Debbie reads Pete the Cat's Four Groovy Buttons.  We also named our class pet, Blue Olly, the fish and drew a portrait of him and painted portraits of people for a morning activity.

This week there has been a lot of observing and following in our class. We are looking at Debbie, Hillary, our parents, and friends for ideas, rules, emotions and behaviors. We see our classmates sit down to eat and we know that its time for snack. Oliver saw Devin put on a firefighter hat, so he put on a police hat, then Alisha and Grady put on hats too. Devin S. saw Debbie and Jude cleaning and wanted to be a helper, too. Cole loves to watch his friends do fun activities like drawing on the easel and playing with play dough before trying them out himself. Romeo never forgets to say no to Debbie and Hillary when he wants to do something all by himself! 

In the beginning of the week, it was hard to understand why our parents and caretakers left, but now we are starting to get the hang of it. "My mommy comes after lunch." says Oliver. Whenever Sloane asks for mommy, Hillary says, "When does your mommy come, Sloane?" and Sloane says, "After nap!" Devin always asks, "Where is Ellie?" (his elephant lovey) and "Where is Susie?" and goes to look for both of them, searching all over. George felt so angry when his mommy left, so his friends Romeo, Oliver, and Grady tried to help him feel better by waiting with him for their mommies too. 

We still have much to learn about rules, schedules, coming and going, and about ourselves and others. Next week will be amazing for sure! 

 

Painting our little people.   

Painting our little people. 

 

We play alone in the same space...

We play alone in the same space...

...And together

...And together