A big part of our first week was learning our classroom rules, but we also jumped right into learning! Our theme for the week was "Caterpillars" and guess what? We have real...live....caterpillars in our classroom! They are going to be so surprised when they come to school this week to see that they've already started forming cocoons. They are so much fun to watch!
Our mornings always start with Circle Time. This is where we talk about the days of the week, the date, and the weather. As well as the color, shape, and letter that we're focusing on. This week was the letter "C" - they all love coming up to my little white board to practice writing their letter!
Here we are taking a tour of our new classroom! It is very important that we learn all about the different areas of our room as well as what the rules are. I had my box of "stuff" and as I pulled an item out, we talked about the rules associated with it (i.e. - scissors: we only cut paper, no running, etc.).
Then it's Lesson Time! Being the first week of school, there were a few things to take care of such as decorating their take-home folders. These are their special folders that will be used throughout the entire year so they were free to decorate them any way they wanted. Stickers were probably the most popular!
This is a great picture of the afternoon 3-day class working hard in their journals. This is a special learning time just for the older classes where they can practice tracing their names, the letter of the week (capital and lowercase), as well as the shape we're studying. They all concentrate so hard during this time!
Arts & Crafts time! Who doesn't love making artwork?! Pull out the paint bottles and everybody wants to join in!
Of course after all of our talk about caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies - we had to make our own beautiful paintings!
The weather has been so awesome that we've made sure to save time for playing outside! My goats are LOVING all of the attention and yummy grass that's being fed to them. :)
After all that playing, sometimes it's nice to just relax in the reading corner with a blanket and a good book.
What a great and busy first week we had!