First off - Thank you so much for smooth transitions at the end of the day! Dismissal can sometimes be tricky with so many people in the yard, but Lillian and I use a little reminder with the kids and we find that it helps: “Eye to Eye and Hand to Hand”. Once a student sees their caregiver they need to make eye contact with me and let me know, then I wave to the caregiver and they wave back to show that they’re ready to pick-up. We’ll always be coming from the middle doors, then walking over to the big white circle. Once all the students are safely inside the painted circle, then we can start our dismissal. Thanks for your support!
*If ever there’s a change in your pick-up routine, please send me a handwritten note*
Each day we’ll start by checking our backpacks for our Yellow Home Notesfolders (thanks to those of you that have already completed your paperwork and sent it back!!) and place them in the ‘Home Notes Bin’ under the Smart Board. Then, students do quiet reading and chatting on the carpet to get settled. Once we're all ready, we go through our blue pocket chart and schedule for the day, so students can know what to expect as the day goes on.
Today’s schedule looked like this:
Gym with Helena
Book Buddies with Arthur’s ⅚
For the next few weeks, we'll be doing a V.I.P. program for some "Very Important People". Each student will get the chance to be a V.I.P. for a day - Grabriel's name was picked out of the bucket today! He was interviewed by the class and we got to know him a little bit better. This integrates the Oral Language part of the curriculum, as students are expected to ask questions and listen carefully on the carpet, as well as respond to questions thoughtfully (Overall Language Expectation 1 “listen in order to understand and respond appropriately”). As the students are interviewing, I’ll be taking jot notes on the SmartBoard. Then, once an interview is done each student will create a V.I.P. page to contribute to the V.I.P.'s 'all about me' book. We learn how to print the Very Important Person's name as well as one fact that we’ve learned about them (students can write their own idea, they can use keywords or can copy a sentence from the Smart Board). This also provides students the chance to practice using the proper uppercase and lowercase letters (we practice printing before we move into using our daily writing journals).
**Please practice printing at home with your son and daughter. You can visitthis website to use as a reference and/or to print practice pages.
For the first while we’ll have cooperative centre time in the afternoons, to help our students transition and ease back into the routine of school (especially our grade 1s!). By mid morning some students are already eager to visit their favourite centres - ask your son or daughter about the centres that have been open for group play time. It's a great way for the students to get to know one another and encourages them to practice the Character Education Trait of the month: Respect. As students play, I rotate through the centres to reinforce the routines and the expectations.
Students also had the chance to share their thoughts on rules and routines for Book Buddies time. Here are some of their ideas:
- big buddies can help boost the little buddies' confidence
- little buddies can learn how to read
- little buddies can even teach big buddies something new!
- our big buddies get a chance to relax and read favourite picture books
- we get to make new friends from a different class in our school
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.