Hello from Classroom 3!
I just want to say thank you to the families that joined us in our special activities. We love having opportunities for strengthening our relationships between the class and our families and getting to interact on a closer level. There will be more chances within the next two months if you did not get a chance to participate in October.
All last month we really worked hard on self and social awareness and social and emotional development. This helped the children create and sustain meaningful relationships with their classmates and teachers. These skills show children how to express, recognize, and manage their own emotions as well as respond appropriately to other’s emotions. As infants, toddlers, and twos are able to notice differences between themselves and others, they begin to be aware of and learn to be respectful of each other’s unique characteristics, abilities, and talents.
We will continue to incorporate these skills into our daily routine as we move forward.
During the month of November, we will strengthen our math skills. From reading the Early Learning Guidelines, very young children begin developing math concepts through play and exploration. These concepts are much broader than counting and number experiences. Children begin to notice similarities and differences while experiencing size, shape, texture, and function through his/her senses. Young children also begin to understand quantity, time, and space through caregiving routines and daily activities. As children’s abilities grow, their interests become more complex. Teachers must be observant and recognize when it is time to build on existing skills and incorporate more challenging activities. Daily routines and activities can yield unplanned learning opportunities. Cutting a sandwich, matching socks, and counting toes are all examples of activities in which math concepts can be identified.
Ms Mollie and Ms Ashley