Diana's Weekly Update 9-17-18

posted Sep 17, 2018, 11:33 AM by Cynthia Friedman

The children are coming along beautifully in learning the grace and courtesy expectations required for maintaining a peaceful classroom. They are laying out rugs for floor work, taking care to leave space for walking around them. They are respectfully handling the materials—two hands holding carefully, two feet walking steadily—from shelves to work space and back. They are responding appropriately to the bell, “freezing” their bodies when they hear the Chinese chime and listening to the message that follows.

The children’s arrival routine is extensive and they are becoming more independent carrying out each step. We encourage you to send your child in outerwear that she can manage as independently as possible. Please be sure outerwear is in good repair as some children (and teachers) are experiencing difficultly with the fasteners.

The focus these first days and weeks will be on orienting to our new environment and community. Our first games and songs help us in learning each other’s names. The different material are introduced gradually so the students have an opportunity to practice their correct use including how to take them from the shelves and when finished, return them to their specific locations ready for the next person. We are discussing different ways to consider others so that we can support each other’s learning and growing, in work and play.

This week our Shape and Say story is “The Time-tapping Tool,” featuring the letter t and its sound.

Music and P.E. began this week.

Wednesday we’ll take our first class walk on the Rexius Trail along Amazon Creek, practicing crossing the street and staying on the trail. Over the next few weeks we will increase the length of our adventure.

Also, be sure to keep a change of clothes in your child’s backpack.

 Upcoming events:

·       The kindergarten parent meeting is set for Thursday, September 20, 6:00-6:45. The agenda will provide a glimpse of our language arts group activities that help build a strong sense of community as well as a love of language. New parents to the Ridgeline kindergarten program are encouraged to attend. Others are welcome to repeat if you choose. Childcare will be provided by an RSVP to the office.

·        Jogathon, Friday, September 28.

·       Mt. Pisgah Field trip, Tuesday, October 30, 9:00-12:30.