It is hard to believe that it has been 4 weeks since we started school! You probably have noticed less crying, happy faces, and children engaged in play. It has been wonderful to see so much growth in such a short period of time. Warm feelings and smiles can be found everywhere!
physical development is the way your child moves their arms and legs (large motor skills) and their fingers and hands (small motor skills). Social development helps your child get along with others. Emotional development lets your child understand their feelings and the feelings of others. Language and literacy development helps your child understand and communicate through listening, talking, reading, and writing. Thinking, or cognitive skills develop as children learn to think more complexly, make decisions, and solve problems.
Throughout our school year we will be assisting your child to grow physically, socially, emotionally, develop language and literacy, and thinking/cognitive skills. Through play kids find ways to interact with peers, to negotiate, to express self, to share, to be responsible, and be a friend.
We have already done lots of observation and documentation to see what our classroom’s strengths and interests are. These are some of the things we have observed so far.
SHARING COMMON SPACELISTENING , FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS, AND LEARNING LANGUAGE THROUGH COOKING.
So far we have done simple short cooking activities that don’t require a long attention span, this will lead us to little expert “Chefs” later on. 😉
On April 2, we started “indoor planting.” As you know young children lose interest fast, so we thought, “What will grow fast?” Walaaah! “Beans!” We read books about plant life cycle, then planted beans in a zip lock bag and attentively watched for the outcome. The children saw the different stages in a matter of 7 days.
We also planted many other plants; tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, winter squash, cucumbers, carrots, parsley, basil and chives. “Come have a look.” We are hoping for the best garden ever.
“Bean” “Root” “Stem” “Leaf”
During the month the of February we shared different Bible stories about how God loves everyone, “1 John 4:8” and “Genesis 37-46.” We also read books such as “Love Monster,” “Llama, Llama I Love You,” and “Valentine’s Day Is Here.” We incorporated a few Valentine’s Day projects like a gift to take home, painting hearts, and making a special bag for valentine cards.For Chinese New Year we talked about Chinese characters, made decorations, introduced Chinese music, small drums and cooked fried rice and California Rolls. We read some great books to celebrate the occasion, “Bring in the New Year,” and “Dragon Dance.”
In addition, we are enjoying our block area and dress up corner and overall, having a wonderful time in preschool!