Room 1 in the Family Center
Head Teacher in Room 1
WOW! It is a New Year. I hope everyone had a great winter break. We are excited to hear the adventures that Room 1 friends had over the break. We will be starting back and familiarizing the Room 1 kiddos with their daily routine. They have had many home days with mom and dad and it can be hard to transition back to school and saying goodbye. Remember all your good ideas and strategies you developed and used during phase-in to help your child with goodbyes.
We all enjoyed the light curriculum. Now we are starting with a box curriculum. So many magical adventures can happen with a box. Many friends have loved the book Owl Babies. We have also incorporated the love for that story into the curriculum.
Children learn many math skills long before they are ready for the basics of addition and subtraction. One of these skills is the ability to sort objects. When they sort, children group things that belong together in some way. We have offered activities in the classroom that allow opportunities to sort objects, shapes, and colors. When we clean up the block area children can sort by shape and size. The farm animals go in one basket and the legos in another basket, and so on. At home children could help with laundry and sort shirts into a pile and socks into another pile or red washcloths in one pile and blue washcloths into another. The ideas for sorting are endless.
Early in the explorations of sorting activities, adults play a useful role by providing the words for what the child is doing (“I see you are putting all the square books together.”). We also can help extend the sorting (“Let’s see if we can find all the rectangle blocks.”). In time, your child begins to use these words and expand his or her understanding of the mathematical world.