Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First Day of the 2012 - 2013 School Year

Just like life outside school, Kindergarten is a mixture of work:


Washing our own dishes after snack

and play:



Our first day of school went very well. Most of the new kindergartners were able to smile as they said goodbye to Mom and Dad this morning. We sang and danced, we listened to a story.

On the first few days of school I invest a good deal of time in going over the ground rules of kindergarten — Safe -- Happy -- Kind.

I  spent a lot of time teaching a few fundamental norms and procedures that want every child to learn and to follow:

taking turns,
sharing,
raising a hand to talk,
lining up,
washing hands,
asking for permission to use the bathroom,
coming in from recess right away, and. with your help,
being safe around cars in the parking lot.

The time I spend now on these rules, norms and procedures will pay off handsomely in the year ahead.

Everyone did well. It's looking to be a fine year.

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Several people have asked me about snack.

Snack today: graham cracker, carrot sticks, apple slices


You do not need to send your child to school with a mid-morning snack.

Instead we share the responsibility of providing morning snack.  About once a month I will ask you to bring a healthy snack for everyone in class to enjoy. Details will be on the bottom of the snack calendar you will find in your child's cubby tomorrow.



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