I am delighted to announce we have just concluded our first month of preschool! The ladybugs and I had an awesome time jumping, hopping, and skipping right in with our theme of Community. This is a special topic that really focuses in on your preschooler and all the communities that they belong to, including the new school environment. The purpose behind this topic is to recognize and assert connections with others by looking within ourselves, family life, and the outside world community. Your preschooler is an exceptional member of all of these diverse communities and we want them to know that!
We established our sense of self through emotion and puppet play as well as discussed our biggest support system, family. We also looked to our bigger- picture surroundings to discuss the grand scheme community we belong to here in Brooklyn along with all the helpers who make it so extraordinary. To us, building self esteem and assigning appropriate integration is imperative within the first month in a new and uncharted atmosphere such as the classroom. All in all, it was a fantastic month of learning, connecting, and growing together.
All about me week is a great way to bring us closer through discussion and play. We graphed our emotions and feelings, assessed similarities and differences in our physical attributes as well as our likes and dislikes, authored our own booklets, and tied in name recognition and the letters that form our names. We had a wonderful time creating meaningful and memorable learning experiences while getting to know one another!
We also finished up a very special unit talking about the people who mean the most to us, our family. This sub-unit really helped foster positive learning experiences where the children could share, discuss, and relate to one another in a more personal way. I too enjoyed hearing all about family trips, traditions, and other happenings in the home. We even spent our circle time using sign language to dictate family members like mom, dad, brother, sister, and baby! Our ladybugs took pride in contributing to our family tree display as well as creating their own version of a family tree by highlighting who lives in the home. Every child had something unique about their family, and we love embracing it all!
Our family sensory brought about the most heartfelt feelings from our loving friends. As they sifted through the bin and uncovered family photos, memories were brought back to life! Each child had a story of where they were when they took the photo and named all of the family members pictured. How special to be surprised by our family at school!
You've all done a wonderful job familiarizing our ladybugs with their surroundings- it's been proven from all the thoughtful and intriguing discussions we've had while talking about our community. I truly believe our community is so rich in love, positivity, and goodwill, thanks to families like yours!
We spent our circle time generating lists and going over some of the members in our community. This list seemed never ending some days! We were lucky enough to go on a community walk and search for important members of the community. We got a firsthand look at the dentist, florist, cashiers, and even paramedics as they whizzed by! We also made crafts and sang songs to deepen our understanding of the roles these community helpers play. We’re so happy to incorporate theses community roles in the forms of sensory play, math concepts, art, and more! We had a full house of doctors, firefighters, dentists, construction workers, and anything else you can imagine!
Making our own personalized community map was a great way to visualize and piece together all the wonderful places that make up our community. We included our homes, the many parks, even the zoo and the bowling alley! Thank you for your picture submissions, when we put ourselves into the projects they become that much more meaningful!
Thank you all for a supportive and successful start to our school year. Stay tuned for our Fall Study which will have elements of science, STEM, and spookiness!