My class website for Mountain Park Kindercare has it’s first posts and is setup for publishing! The link is https://prekplaypen.wordpress.com/ – please take a look at it, and follow it 🙂 I am very excited that I will be sending this link to families and discussing what is done in our classroom. It is still coming together, but will look better once there are more posts and the school calendar on it. I hope it is to your liking!
I was going to publish my first post on Prekplaypen because the new families and children will be joining our classroom on Monday. However, I am finding it difficult to come up with what to write :o. Since I know that it might be looked at by adults I have met, there is a lot of pressure to sound respectable but also give the necessary excitement as a teacher. I find myself writing and re-writing the sentences because it needs to be perfect! The newsletter has a similar tone, and some more, due to the design elements. I want it to look colorful and young to connect with the Pre-K elements; however, families of the children are the ones reading it (not the children). I have realized the difficulty that many teachers deal with I’m sure – to be playful, but professional. If your letters are too serious, you may come off as a boring educator; while having too many giggles could be received as lackadaisical. Oh the troubles teachers must triumph through!
My boss was talking about something similar to this today – it involves the alphabet and is a great way to let the children get their hands dirty with sand or pasta. I don’t have too many changes to the learning centers right now, so this will be a good extension.
This will be me starting next week! We have a couple new students joining and then most of the children are moving up from preschool. They have to get used to the Pre-K routines versus the preschool ones, and get to know the new students. Next week won’t be too difficult for curriculum, so we can work on sitting at morning circle, and making sure they listen to myself and co-teacher. It is exciting 🙂 The week after next will be great because the theme is All About Me, where there are lots of various activities we can do – I want to incorporate the “self sack” I found on Facebook as well as posters and sharing from each kid. It’s really coming together!
One of the students today had the cutest pair of fake glasses on! They didn’t have lenses and were leopard-print on the frame. She kept asking me to clean them 🙂 I think it must have been something she has seen her parents do – she looked adorable!
I’m bringing back the animal alphabet post because it will be used this week at work! We currently have an alphabet letters unit, which entails discovery and exploration of sounds and the letters. I thought the students should color in the templates that I draw out, rather than having them draw the animal characteristics on the letters – I was unsure this morning how I was going to give them the activity, but as I started drawing them, I realized that it was hard to ask the students to do. These will be going on the wall to display for parents in my classroom so I also want them to look presentable. The pictures below, D for dinosaur and B for bee, are some of the letters I will be using in the template (I drew them! 😮 )
During this teaching journey, I decided to start a journal a few weeks ago – I posted the poem that was similar to “Twas the night before Christmas” about my training. I thought I would be writing ideas down daily or weekly, but I think the process is going well so I haven’t needed to reflect. Also, blogging is basically the same thing, which means by the time I go to bed to journal, it doesn’t happen. I’ll try to keep it up more once back-to-school starts because I’ll probably need to reflect on behavior management again and how to handle the students who came from Preschool.
Tomorrow at work, I have my first new student! I am very thrilled to get to know her and make her comfortable being in my room 🙂 I hope that she enjoys the centers and comes out of her shell a bit. I plan to make her my helper throughout her half day tomorrow so she doesn’t feel like she is the outsider. The students can be somewhat overwhelming with their energy levels and habit of not listening – it depends on the mood of the day. I really want to make a difference in this girl’s life and school experience!
This will be me on the 31st – it is exciting to meet new students and start the year off right! But, I understand that there is much to do with talking to parents, setting up my newsletter and class website, and reorganizing the classroom. My coteacher and I have already rearranged some parts, and the cubbies are all done which is nice. I can’t wait to get started with the great group of students 🙂
Alongside the excitement of starting a new school year, meeting the kids, their families and new colleagues comes the inevitable feeling of exhaustion.
After spending the last six weeks or so relaxing and looking out for no one apart from myself, the business of school seems so physically and emotionally overwhelming. It’s like going back to the gym after a bad flu, you can’t lift as much weight and still end up hurting the next day.
I’m sure I’m not the only teacher who spends the first Friday night after schools parked firmly on the couch too exhausted to do much more than pick up the television remote.
The wise voice inside my head reminds that it is wise to do less and do it well. Set up the routines and not worry about how far you feel you are behind in assessment and setting up routines – they will…
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This game would be wonderful for our centers because it is so versatile! The popsicle sticks can have any topic on them for practice or teaching (letter sounds, numbers, science, food categories, etc). It will bring more fun to the activities and learning that the students will do.