During our first week of school, children had the opportunity to explore different materials in our classroom and to get acquainted with their teachers and classmates. The first few days, children were very quiet and they played alongside each other but didn’t really interact. Towards the end of the week, we noticed children started to play with one another, sharing toys and learning each other’s names.
We read Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. This book reminds children, especially during this time of the year when they might be anxious about separating from home, that mommies always return to their little ones. If you have a chance have a look at the Owl Babies video on YouTube. We also read a children’s favorite, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do you See? by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle, which introduces simple vocabulary such as colors and names of animals that are easy to remember, especially for English language learners (ELL). The rhythmic repetition of the text and the simple sentences make it a very enjoyable book for choral reading. Children also began to learn the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. We will continue to work with the books and nursery rhyme for the next couple of weeks.
If you haven’t done so, please send your family photo to school. Children enjoy talking about their families to their teachers, classmates and class visitors.
We have an open door policy in our school and parents are welcome to come and join us for different activities. If you would like to volunteer to come and read to us, please drop me an e-mail.
Have a great weekend!
Miss Georgina and Miss Francesca