Week 1 and 2

Sneak Peek of the Week

Week 1: August 31st-September 9th

 

Welcome to Room 114!  This will be the first of many newsletters.  Each Monday (or the first day of the school week) I will write you a quick letter to keep you posted on the weekly happenings in our classroom.  Please remember to stop by and check out the newsletter!  School-home communication is essential to your child’s school success.

The first few weeks of school are very important.  It is a time to help children see their school as a place where they belong and where they know and can meet expectations.  Children need to feel comfortable, supported, excited, and challenged.

 

Here are our goals, or learning targets, for the first weeks of school:

1.  Students and teacher will know each other’s names.

2.  Students and teacher will be able to name some interests and out-of-school activities or experiences of members of the class.

3.  Students will successfully perform the following routines of the school day with teacher supervision and reinforcement:

              -Arrival                                                       -Lunch

-Transitions                                               -Signals

-Lining up and moving through halls        -Work sharing

-Bathroom procedures                              -Recess

-Whole group meetings                             -Quiet time

-Activity/work time                                       -Clean up

-Dismissal

As you can see, our goals for the first weeks focus on social skills, setting expectations, learning routines and procedures, and building a strong classroom community.  We will focus on all of these things throughout the first several weeks of school.  This does not mean that academic goals are put on hold during this time introductory period.  Nor does the early-weeks curriculum compete with academic aims.  On the contrary, these aims are intertwined.  Establishing a friendly, predictable, and orderly classroom is a prerequisite for children’s academic achievement.  When children are anxious, unruly, and out of control the learning that occurs is seldom what is intended.  Therefore, it is imperative to spend the first several weeks building a strong foundation for learning in the classroom.

I know this is a lot of information to take in, but with a new school year, classroom, and teacher there is a lot to say.  Taking the time to read the newsletters will keep you better informed about what your child is learning in the classroom, and therefore, will give you more information on how you can help him/her at home. 

I know we will all have a wonderful first week of school together!  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

 

Thank you,

Diana

Diana.post@mpls.k12.mn.us