Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Welcome 2016!

Mirror painting with watercolors
Happy New Year! We had a great (and cold) start to the new year. We welcomed old and new friends to Chesterbrook this morning. We started our day outside with some fresh air, but couldn't stay out too long due to the 12 degree temperature! When we do have such cold days, I will be checking with The Weather Channel for the temperature and wind chill factor to determine how long we can safely be outside. We will be going outside unless it is unsafe to do so. This may be for 2 hours or 5 minutes, but we should always come prepared. This morning we could only do about 15 minutes.

When we came inside, we started our school day with our morning meeting which consists of a song, a greeting, a movement and then everyone shares what they want to do for the day. We had 4 requests today for playdoh, book time, legos and outdoor snow play. Of course we got to include them all in our Choice Time block.

The last part of our morning meeting is used for a lesson kickoff. For the next several weeks we will be focusing on recognizing letters, numbers, colors and shapes in nature and the world around us. So we read a book we borrowed from the Sandown Library titled, Eye Spy Shapes. It has great photographs of real-world objects that are in the shape of a circle, rectangle, square, triangle or star. Next we went on a shape hunt around the room. This is a great activity to repeat frequently and can be done at home, in the car or when you're waiting and trying to pass the time at appointments. We found shapes on toys, tables, furniture, books, floor mats and more.

Our hunters worked up an appetite for an early snack. So they helped prepare plates full of carrot sticks, hummus, pretzels, blueberries and strawberries. During snack we chat and laugh, but always encourage appropriate mealtime etiquette. At CSNL we sit while we're eating and try to wait until most friends are finished before we ask to be excused. Then everyone brings their plates to the big table to sort our leftovers into trash, recyclables or compost. After we clean our area we're off to Choice Time! 

Choice Time is a time where individuals can choose what they do and play. They can build, paint, visit, color, create games and of course get lost in imaginative play! This gives me time to clean up snack and prepare for the next activity and outdoor time.

We finished our day by packing up and playing outside. Today we stayed in the yard, played on the swings and play structure and went sledding!

It was a great day back to school. See you on Thursday!

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