Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gearing Up...

…for next year - We have been hosting many visitors to the classroom over the past weeks in anticipation of enrollment for next school year.  Each time this occurs, a student is chosen to be our "greeter." The greeter shakes the visitor's hand, says, "Good morning.  Welcome to our classroom," and gives the guest a paper with our guidelines for observations and a successful visit to the classroom. Sometimes this part goes well without much guidance from a teacher, other times it requires a bit of coaching.  Either way, it is a valuable Grace and Courtesy lesson for the child and helps impress upon the visitor that the classroom is truly the children's.  Our photos from this week:

Reading and writing CVC words.

Seasonal Cards and Counters activity.

Listening for syllables with the names of South American countries.

Careful alignment of  the Brown Stair.

Creative design with the blue Constructive Triangles.

Size comparison with Knobless Cylinders.

Lining up locks and keys for a fun fine-motor activity.

Math activity with Cards and Counters.

A number is written on a slip by a teacher and the student makes the number on the Small Bead Frame.

Counting by tens with the Tens Boards and Beads.

Sorting solids, liquids, and gases.

Finding objects from around the classroom and matching therm to their color.

Pin-pushing a Map of the World.

Reading a rhythm pattern and playing it on our 'rainforest frog' rhythm instrument.

Language development: matching animal cards.

Pairing opposites and explaining their meanings.

Practicing sight words with the Small Moveable Alphabet.

Matching Geometric Solids to the their cards during a distance memory game.

Laying a foundation for geometry: using the Small Hexgonal Box of Constructive Triangles.

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