This week was a great week as I watched our class really come together as a team. They are all so kind, considerate and helpful to each other. They naturally know that they need to 'wait' for another friend if he/she takes a bit longer at a particular something and sometimes that friend may be Mrs. Racz or Mrs. Myers getting their final bit ready to begin the next lesson! They truly are an amazing bunch! It is really awesome to watch and I feel so blessed to have them in my day.
We took advantage of the great weather and had lots of outside time. At one point, each and every child was running around the playground to see if they were 'fast!' Obviously, they were ALL very fast!!!! With each activity and lesson that we do, I always try to pause and not rush to the next if we do not need to. I know for myself and my kids that we tend to always be running to the next thing. I really try to be in the moment with these kiddos and if they are bonding or loving a particular something, we may just spend an extra couple minutes in that moment. We may not get to finish everything that we had planned for the day, but I think it's worth it!
Upon popular request, the shaving cream came out 2 times this week!!! We had to take it to the next level by adding some color to the mix. Several of the students LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this. You could probably tell by the look of your child's shirt if he/she was one of those!
I had planned to spend just a few moments working on puzzles as I like to incorporate those into our day. They are so good for problem-solving skills, cognitive skills, hand-eye coordination and find motor development. Well, those few moments turned into a bit more as I saw how much these guys loved puzzles. Puzzles was an 'option' among 3 others during our center time. At one point, the overwhelming majority of the class was gathered around the puzzle table. They were working in pairs (that they put together on their own) or individually. They were also (on their own) helping their friends if they needed a clue. It was just so amazing that we had to take some extra time and pull out a few more puzzles and let the station overflow to the carpet. The farm one was one of their favorites. They also spent a lot of time on the numbers (ask them to take a 9 or a 6 and move it so they can be interchanged) and letters puzzles. The focus that these kiddos had with the puzzles was amazing! I will be sure to pull some more creative puzzles into the lesson planning going forward!
Let's not forget about Show 'n Tell!!! The kiddos were sooooooo excited to share their items. Show 'n Tell is awesome for so many reasons. First, the kids just love it! Second, it helps them connect a piece of their home life to their school life. These kids are so proud to share their item!!! Finally, it is a great forum for public speaking and confidence. This skill is something that comes more natural to others (like in adults), but is something that should be practiced and it will grow. So, we are doing exactly that. Each student gets to sit on the special Show 'n Tell chair in front of his/her peers and that alone is confidence building! I can not wait to see what next week brings.
As a mom, I love to know what my children are discovering during their days and I am sure you do too! Stop by here anytime to see what fun & learning we are up to!