Congratulations Pre-K Students!
You’ve officially made it through your 1st FULL week of Pre-K!
This week you may have noticed just how hard your student has been working. Each day they came home with their daily morning work papers, as well as some handwriting pages. These will remain a constant throughout the entire year, so it’s always best to get the students used to the type of work they will be doing, and the correct ways to complete the activities.
We have transitioned into a “real time” daily schedule. At the beginning of the year, I map out a tentative daily schedule, of the subjects and activities I hope to accomplish, each and every day. As we entered into this week, it was my main goal to establish a daily routine for the children. This is easy and hard all at the same time, but the students are adjusting well.
We begin each morning with a skills worksheet. As the year progresses, the skills will change, as well as the difficulty. If students finish their work before others, I allow them to work on a puzzle or to look through a book. This offers quiet interaction time with peers, while those who are still working can concentrate and do their best work.
After their morning work is complete, we begin to gather on the carpet for our Dr. Jean follow along, dance along. This helps us get out our last minute wiggle-jiggles, before we begin our day.
This generally leads into Calendar Routine. We cover things like the month, date, days-of-the-week, and weather/seasons. We also include more sing-a-long songs to helps us learn the days of the week and months of the year. But, this is also a key time to work on sitting correctly on the carpet, having watching eyes and listening ears, and keeping our hands in our lap. I generally call upon the students, to give turns, but also praise and encourage raising their hands to identify the answer.
During Language Arts time, we have been reading and discussing the stories we’ve been reading. We have also been practicing our ABCs and identifying letters.
During the daily Math Meeting, we have been reviewing several skills.We identify shapes, colors, and numbers. We also have begun learning our number formation rhymes. These are rhyming sing songs that help them learn how to write the number. Finally, we practice counting to thirty.
In addition to all of these activities inside the room, the students have been attending their daily specials classes. When the weather permits, we have been retreating outside for a break in the morning and the afternoon.
There’s always free center time. It is during this time that I’m watching (and snapping pictures as you’ll see) and listening for age appropriate social interaction. When problems arise, we’ve been working on working together, and not fighting, so no one gets in trouble. This is actually a line from one of our morning dance-alongs.
Great First Week Pre-K!