I want to welcome you to the Burlington Early Childhood Center and our Barnyard Buddies classroom! We spend our first couple weeks of school getting to know our students, teaching them about our classroom routines and expectations, and getting them accustomed to our daily schedule. In the beginning of the year we do a lot of assessment activities during our small group time; such as matching color/size/shape, sorting, writing our name, practicing snipping and cutting with scissors, and copying lines. The results from their assessment work help me plan small group activities and differentiate instruction so that each child is working on developmentally appropriate material.
Here are the books we are reading this week. We're learning about the words "title" and "character" when we talk about our story books.
Small GroupsOur small group work is generally tied into the books we read that day so that we can make connections to our text. Our small groups are multi-step activities that focus on academic tasks and may include; matching letters on our name-tag, writing/tracing our name on our paper, cutting, sorting/matching, gluing, and coloring.
Monday Snipping paper and practicing gluing and coloring
in a defined space
Tuesday Cutting and matching shapes
Wednesday Cutting and sorting big and small school buses
Thursday Writing our name and cutting with scissors on a line
Friday Counting our age and matching number to quantity
with cupcake candles
Choice TimeChoice time is an opportunity for child-centered play. We have four open tables for choice time, each with a different focus; science, literacy, math, and fine motor. We also have open-ended play areas such as dramatic play, block area, the rug, and the sensory table. Toys rotate on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and generally relate to our monthly theme. Books are also always open for students to browse. Here are our choice time options this week.
Red Table Tracing/Matching our friends names
Yellow Table Blending colors and making shapes on the lightbox
Green Table Peg boards
Blue Table Shape sorters
Sensory Table Sand and seashells
Block Area Vehicles and a road map rug
Big Rug Dollhouses
Dramatic Play Kitchen
If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. email@example.com
-The Barnyard Buddies