During this first month of preschool, we have been focusing very heavily on learning our classroom routine. Routine is especially important in your child’s development as this helps them build upon understanding the concept of time later on in their education. You may be hearing your child use words to describe what they are doing at school as “play”, “work time”, “planning time”, “recall time”, “outside time”, “small group time”, “large group time”, etc…
Here are some pictures of the children engaging in various parts of our daily routine.
This first group of pictures are from “Work Time”. During Work Time in the preschool classroom, your child is learning to make choices about what materials to use, where in the classroom to do their work, who they would like (or not like) to work with to accomplish their plan as well as solving problems with other children when conflicts arise.
The children have also been very interested in our classroom pet, a guinea pig named Stella! Stella is very mild mannered and sweet… and quite old at the age of 5 years. Stella helps the children learn about taking care of living things – what they need to live (food, water, love, shelter) and also teaches them about kindness towards all living things.
Rest Time is a time of day where the children lay on their cot, with their favorite blanket from home so that their body has time to relax (and sleep if they need/want to). So far, our friends are TIRED and have been falling asleep with a quickness!
Outside Time is a favorite for everyone! We have been running, balancing, climbing, jumping, swinging, digging and even unearthing worms!
Small Group Time is when we do the most directed learning. We are still learning how to safely and appropriately use the materials we have in our classroom environment. This past week we learned how to independently paint using washable water color paints as well as practiced using child-safe scissors.