Getting-To-Know Each Other
This week was all about getting to know the classroom, specific routines, and getting to know each other!! Kindergarteners participated in various energizers to build community and friendships. These energizers included, “Just Like Me”, “When the Warm Wind Blows”, “Would you rather?”, “Collaborative Musical Chairs”, and “A Tangled Web”. Kindergarteners enjoyed doing a classroom scavenger hunt to get familiar with the classroom. Ask your Kindergartener what their favorite Get-To-Know-You activity was this week!
This week, Kindergarteners not only got to get to know each other, but they also got to know friends from another grade. On Friday, we had lunch buddies with First Grade and we will partner up with them again on Tuesday for Movement. This buddy time is a great way to make new friends. Students love this time when they get to branch out and play with students from other grades. This leads them to feel more comfortable playing with other students later on. Lunch buddies is something we will return to throughout the year.
Hopes and Dreams
Every year at The Cooper School, students create and display their hope or dream for the school year. This stays up for the entire year, so that at the end of the year we can look back and reflect to see if our hopes or dreams came true. This week, we started our discussion by brainstorming, “Why do we come to school?” We wrote these responses on chart paper. Some things your children said were: to learn new things, to learn to be kind, and to challenge themselves. We will use this later to help each other create hopes for the year.