September 2018 - Hello Fall
September is such a fun and exciting month in our preschool classroom! It is a month of new friendships blossoming and old friendships being rekindled as well as a month of new experiences and new routines. The children have done a phenomenal job settling in to our classroom routine. Routine and predictability is very important for young children, particularly in a school environment, as it helps them build a sense of confidence, safety and trust in knowing what to expect and what is expected of them.
One of our first projects of the year was to create name cards and snack placemats. I do this for a number of reasons. Firstly, the snack mats help to identify children with food allergies in our classroom while the name cards help the children to build a sense of community in learning each others names and faces as everyone settles on the carpet at the beginning of each class. Secondly, and just as importantly, these cards and mats serve an educational purpose: an important Kindergarten readiness skill (that I target in many ways throughout the year) is for each child to be able to recognize his/her written name. By pairing each child’s name with his/her photograph, I aim to help each child be successful in building this skill.
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