October Newsletter 2015
Junior Preschool and Toddler Groups
September is almost at an end and both groups are beginning to understand our program and transitions. We had a group music circle with Paulette and the older children. Both groups did extremely well, settling in a different room with different children, waiting, listening and singing together. Our fire drill went smoothly with all children holding a partner’s hand and walking swiftly outside when they heard the fire drill bell. Many children answered (here I am and put up their hands) when Paulette called their name for our roister call. We sing a song and show our socks, at circle time, and at that time we encourage the children to respond to their names by putting up their hands and saying, “Here I am”. This is a safety issue, which some children have difficulty with in the beginning. We were thrilled that so many children remembered this answer for our very first fire drill.
New children will be starting in both groups until the groups are full. This is 12 children for the Toddlers and 16 children for the Junior Preschoolers. We now have 6 Toddlers and 9 Juniors registered.
Our programming is changing a bit this year. We are developing our program based on the children’s interests. The observations for our ELECT books are being used to determine what toys and materials we will use in our various areas. We loosely use the seasons to help with our change overs, but we are taking it a step further and using the Emergent Curriculum style which is being taught at Algonquin College in the Early Childhood Education Program. The more we pay attention to the children’s interests, the better we can help them learn through play. Child directed learning as opposed to Teacher directed learning, gives the children the power of self-determination. We want children to be independent and confident individuals. We want them to communicate their wishes and feelings. Communication helps us work in groups with all sorts of personalities and developmental levels. It is our intention to allow children, to learn many skills in a safe and inspiring environment.
Our outdoor program is also an important part of our day. Playing outside in natural surroundings helps children to connect with their environment. Our pinwheels on the fence show when the wind is blowing. Our Compost Box, helps create good earth for our gardens and flowers. Our Halloween pumpkins will become a part of our compost and provide a fun and easy visual for children to learn about decomposing matter. After all the winter snow is gone, they will discover that the pumpkins are also gone, having turned into soil! Many children enjoy wearing “butterfly wings” to “fly” up and down our hill, which becomes a sledding area in the winter. Our paved path provides a great surface for various vehicles and a “track” to run laps in preparation for our fun “Olympics” in the spring. Please ensure that your children come dressed for the weather. Splash pants, boots, hats mittens etc. are appropriate for the weather coming up this fall.
Please read your child’s Elect book that is posted on the Room door. When you read the entry please take the clothes pin off the page and put it on the pocket of the holder, so that we know you have read the observation. Our program planning is on our bulletin board, across from our room. Please note that the writing in green indicates the change of materials in the room that we felt were appropriate, in relation to the children’s changing interests and season. It is a real privilege for us to participate in your child’s early education.