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A season of change

Change.  It happens to all of us.  This time of year always brings so much change.

  • The change of the seasons from Spring to Summer.
  • The sun is up so much longer.
  • Our lives seem to get so busy with sports.
  • Our children transition from one year of school, to home, and then eventually back to school again.

In our preschool room, we are beginning to talk about change as we are losing more than half of our class to Kindergarten this year!  We are discussing the changes of routines for our old children and then the new routines for our new children.  A quote our children say frequently during this time of year is, “our new friend is learning!”

I often times hear from families what can I do to support my child as they prepare this transition from their current school to their new school.  Some ideas can include:

  • Reading books about Kindergarten
    • The Night Before Kindergarten
    • Kindergarten Rocks
    • Kindergarten, Here I come!
    • The Kissing Hand
    • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
    • Welcome to Kindergarten
  • Visiting the new school (if possible–inside and outside)
  • creating a picture book of new and old to support the child
  • have discussions with your child about the new routine
  • each night as your child comes home discuss things that went well or didn’t go well
    • how can you change the didn’t go well

What great ideas do you use at your home? How do you help support your child with these changes?

 

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Community Building

This time of year is always sad for us as we are saying goodbye to our kindergartners (several of them whom we have had for two to three years or had their families for years!). We have built such strong relationships with those families and children we feel as if we are losing a part of our family. This year is especially sad as our assistant of five years left our program to pursue her degree. Although we wish her well and are thrilled to have the newest addition, Christy, in our classroom, we are all dealing with several transitions and our emotions are high.

As all of us are going through the many transitions that this time of year brings, we are beginning to reinvent our classroom community. We will continue to do this over the course of the next few months as we bring in new faces, families, and friends into our room. Today, as a classroom community builder, we worked together to solve the problem of the Human Knot. In the Human Knot, children are to cross their hands in front of them and hold their peer’s hands and try to get out of the “knot” by not dropping their peers hands.

Several children were able to master this task quickly and decided that the fewer children that play the easier it is to get out. So far, the children have been able to make it out of the “knot” with seven children. We will continue adding on as the children are interested.

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