What a wonderful beginning of the school year we have had! Our school year started off with much anticipation and excitement. The first couple of weeks of school are a period of adjustment. Leaving home, getting to know new friends and learning about the classroom and school are big steps. The children are adjusting beautifully and the classroom is buzzing with so much exciting activity. The first few days were spent reviewing the school and our schedule, and not a tear was shed. Old friendships were renewed and new friendships made and we talked about how to be a friend. Children are socializing and confidence is blooming all around.
This year has gotten off to a great start. It is so wonderful to watch the children work with such focus and concentration. Children are working individually and also in groups as they find their comfort within the environment. Circle time or morning meeting as well call it has become a time of laughter and sharing as stories are told and songs are sung. The amount of writing, reading and math activities are astounding. Younger children are tracing their name, while the older students are composing four letter words. Younger children are learning to name the continents, while the older students are making their own maps of North America and South America. Children take pride in their work and environment. They demonstrate respect for environment by helping to take care of it. Cleaning up, washing dishes, dusting and sweeping are particular classroom favorites.
It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Each child will progress at his or her own rate, acquiring skills, as he or she is developmentally ready. Maintaining each child’s self esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our classrooms. Here are some ways you can help:
- Celebrate your child’s success, no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work!
- Read to and with your child every day. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him or her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.
Looking forward to a successful 2017-2018! Limited spaces are still available. Contact the office at 609-443-8900 for more information and to schedule your registration.