we did “golden letter” paintings on everyone’s first day of school. this is the whole “masking tape on posterboard in the shape of their first initials, then painting on top of it, then peeling off the tape.”
however, there was so much paint on these that before we pulled the tape off we put another piece of paper to make a print of it (and get some extra paint off). once dry, we had 43 pieces of randomly painted paper to use eric carle style at some other time! goodness, i prefer that to construction paper!
i have a pandora one subscription which allows us to listen to music without commercials. yes! most days we listen to the “children’s folk music” station. when i was about to go up to open the door on the very first day of school, this song was on. i got a little teary for these sweet families: welcome to this world, whether you’re ready or not! welcome to this world, come, give it all that you got! welcome to this world, before you know it you’ll be singing right back to me, welcome to this world.
there was a lot of getting to know the room through exploration and play.
we had some time to brainstorm “what to do if someone is being mean to you.”
there was spontaneous dam building using project table supplies in the water table.
there was liquid watercolor painting.
there was car lining up on our tape strips (this year i’m trying the technique of matching chairs to table in hopes that it helps with our preschool–>sunday school–>church meals transitions).
meeting new groupings of 43 children was a gift. getting to know each other is an honor.
welcome to this preschool world!
because i’m waiting on a new battery for my camera and to figure out some funky iphoto glitch, all my photos are stranded on my camera. but thanks to spencer’s mama, we have some pictures of circle time on the first friday of the school year!
we had some name writing, some birthday celebrating and lots of general “getting to know you” time as a new school family.
we don’t have photos of the preschoolers yet to use with name tags as they arrive, so i’ve been writing names as we sit around the circle (and i take this opportunity to throw in a little clock-wise and counter-clock-wise talk). if you are a current family, ask your preschooler what i draw if a preschooler isn’t at school that day.
the birthday chair is up and running. we use it at circle time for the birthday child and then it is available all day for play. this might be children taking turns in it or some lucky teddy bear. this day it was “big baby” who took a trip out of his cradle to get a ride…i think there is a picture stranded on my camera. i hope!
sweet babies. this class of 13 has 7 children in it who have older siblings in kindergarten this year. this means that all of a sudden they are on their own here! no big brother or sister! tender stuff. there is a saying in response to a mess left behind or a jacket on the floor that is something like, “i’m not your mother, clean up your mess…i’m not your mother, hang up your jacket….i’m not your mother, remember to bring back your homework…” well, at preschool i actually say that we teachers ARE like your mothers and fathers. we ARE the ones who take care of you like that. so, while i get the intent of the former phrases, especially when trying to teach responsibility, i just think of these little ones needing to be parented while away from home.
again, i recognize that this may be a case of semantics…but, words are words.