Starting our Schedules

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Starting our Schedules

Hi families! It was a short week, but it sure was action packed.

This week, we got started with our schedule. On Monday, we did music and movement with Miss Alana. A favorite from that dance party was the remixed version of Itsy Bitsy Spider by Go Fish, from their Party Like a Preschooler album. Check it out! We also listened to some jazz music and had a wildly loud instrument play along. In the next few weeks, we will start doing more focused music and movement activities.

Tuesdays are usually our Clay day. To ease into working with moldable materials, the whole group worked together to make playdough. After the playdough was made, children used items found in nature, like seashells or pebbles to decorate it, making elaborate temporary works of art.

Wednesday we focused on science experiments. We made “hurricanes” and “rainstorms” in a big pitcher with water, shaving cream, and food coloring that we dropped in using paint droppers! This fun science experiment let the children witness what happens as different materials were mixed together. It looked like rain!

We had a great time starting to follow our weekly schedule. The first few weeks of school have all been about instilling a sense of trust and safety in the children’s environment. We did this by allowing them to explore the whole space, by trying tons of new things, and by getting to know everyone at school. For next week, we will be introducing even more structure into the school day.

Can’t wait to see you all on Monday, when we will celebrate Aidan's birthday!

-Miss Alana

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First Week is Over!

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First Week is Over!

Hello everyone! We have had such a fun and productive first week of school. The kids are adjusting to being in school and we love getting to know their personalities. This first week has been a great opportunity for the children to explore the school on their own time, as everything has been open for them and free play was encouraged. Now that they are more comfortable with the school and are starting to learn some routines, we will be following a schedule and splitting up by age group into our classrooms for much of the day. Each day will have a different focus, starting with Movement and Music with Miss Alana on Monday morning! The full weekly schedule is on the home page for the classroom, so be sure to check that out.

Have a fantastic weekend! Can’t wait to make music and dance a little with everyone on Monday.

-Miss Alana

 

 

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First Week of School!

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First Week of School!

Welcome (and welcome back) to Buckle My Shoe West Village! We have had a fantastic time getting to know you and your kids during orientation and this first week of school. Every Wednesday and Friday you can expect a new blog post, covering some of the things that we are exploring in school that week. On our classroom website, there is a link to sign up to have this blog sent directly to your email address. Feel free to share this link with family members. One way that you can encourage children to talk about their day at school is to look at the blog together. Asking questions about what you have read and the pictures that have been uploaded can spark imagination, insights, and questions that lead to further growth.

Our main goal for this first week of school is to create an environment that is warm, welcoming, and safe. When children feel safe in a space, they can explore new concepts and try different things. When the adults feel comfortable and safe, it helps with the sometimes-dreaded drop-offs and transition into being at school part of the day! As teachers, we strive to help ignite joy in learning, ensuring that children are not only growing, they are having a joyful time while doing so. We do this by carefully selecting things that the children have shown us they are interested in, or that fit in with our theme of “identity” this fall. Everything from the materials in the sensory table to the books we choose to read to the children has been thoughtfully planned with the goal to help the children learn, grow, explore, and create.

Look out for another blog post on Friday. We are enjoying getting to know both you and your children so much right now and are excited to continue building relationships throughout the entire school year. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!

See you soon!

-Miss Alana

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