Diana's Weekly Update 9-15-16

posted Sep 15, 2016, 10:52 AM by Cynthia Friedman
If our start is any indication, we are in for a wonderful year. The students are quickly learning the multi-step routines for arrival, group time, work time, snack, recess, lunch and dismissal. Their movements around the classroom are purposeful. They are handling the materials carefully and walking steadily to and from the shelves. They are taking on the responsibilities of cleaning up after themselves. Tables are being sponged and food crumbs are swept up.

In addition to lessons on grace and courtesy and how to care for the environment, we have practiced pouring and using tongs and tweezers, laying out and rolling the rugs that define our individual work areas, putting different sized cylinders in sockets while blindfolded, puzzle layout, stringing beads and so many more foundational lessons that are gradually built upon in the process of promoting independence and an increasing sense of confidence. Also, you may have seen the results of the first tracing work, painting or heard a few new songs.

Families new to our kindergarten program are encouraged to attend the parent meeting next Tuesday, September 20 from 6:30-7:15. Examples and demonstrations are planned of our language arts activities that promote a love of language while simultaneously build a strong sense of community. Childcare is provided for free with an RSVP through the office.

Picture Day- Ridgeline’s annual picture day with Lifetouch is next Wednesday, September 21st. Picture package order forms will go home Thursday.

We had P.E. for the first time this week. We have a volunteer assistant for each class on Mondays and Wednesdays. The teacher has requested that the children wear close-toed shoes on these days.