Hello from classroom 2!
For the month of January, we focused on our social and emotional development. Emotional development refers to a child’s ability to express, recognize, and manage their own emotions as well as respond appropriately to others’ emotions. Examples of this are children engaging in social games through playful back and forth interactions, expressing self verbally and non-verbally with gestures, recognizing a familiar person or someone in a photograph, engaging in parallel play by playing alongside another child, and imitating actions or using similar materials.
For the month of February, we will be focusing on our math skills. Through play and exploration, very young children begin developing math concepts. 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. We 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.Shaya and Ms. Kortney