There are many days that at the end of the day I think ” YES! Today was a great day. ” Today ranks pretty high in my book . My daily goals are based on personal growth with each of my littles . We don’t set goals like ” today everyone will count to 20″ or ” we will learn to line up today. ” The goals we meet usually sneak up and tap us on the shoulder and say ” Look at me.. I am here. You waited patiently and quietly encouraged me. I did it. ” As a teacher this is more difficult. Life is the test. There isn’t a worksheet or assessment I can use to make sure we are getting where we need to be.
Here are some of the amazing things I noticed in our classroom today.
This is just a few of the instances that conscious discipline is transforming our classroom. Our littles are turning into people that not only recognize their own feelings but those of their friends. Goals. Check.
We also did a few fun things that help us with our academic readiness too.
We made a book called ” How to Cook a Turkey. ” Doing activities like this helps the children learn that print has meaning. It expands their imaginative and creative side of the brain. As I am dictating what they say I am talking about the letters I am using to write. ” Put… P…. P… What is that letter ?” We also looked at some numbers as we wrote steps and used mathematical terms like First , next and last .
The older children started a book we will send to our partner teacher Mrs. Oyler. ” What I Want to Know About Kindergarten. ”
Surveys help us understand math language as well. More, less than and tally are words we use when collecting data.
Cooking ! I had planned for pumpkin pie in a cup. I forgot to get the instant vanilla pudding. We changed the recipe to pumpkin muffins that were more friendly for our friends that have allergies. Win !
It was a good day. Focusing on the important things since August like self regulation and people skills give us calm days that allow for more activities and learning with our school family.