Today was a significantly better day! We had a total of 16 kids – our high so far this week! They seem to be getting our rules and routines down – I hope tomorrow goes even better! It was a relief that today didn’t go like yesterday did – we are taking steps in the right direction! I kinda like that all the kids didn’t show up on the first day of school – that way as more and more children start coming there are already some who know the rules and routines.
All of the children have now completed their first day drawings and they are being proudly displayed on our walls! It’s interesting too see all the different drawing abilities the children have! Some can draw people, houses, and flowers while all others can do is randomly scribble on the paper! But I still love to see their drawings up on the wall and they do too – it helps make the room more personal for the children.
It’s interesting to see all the different approaches the teachers took to getting their rooms ready. Most of the other teachers put up bulletin boards with posters and other art work on them. Others decorated their room to fit a specific theme. I like to just clean off and prep my bulletin boards with new paper and boarders (if needed) and then leave them blank. Ready for this children’s creations. My room looks really bare that way – but within and week or two their art is up all over!
The first month of school I do an ocean theme. Yesterday and today the children painted seahorses. They used florescent pink, yellow, green, and blue paint and used crumpled newspaper as their paintbrush. I had them make the newspaper “jump up and down like a rabbit” and the texture this creates with the paint really looks neat! We’ve also read “Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle – and our seahorses look very similar to his! The children were excited about this! I really like doing this theme and so far the children seem to be enjoying it as well! Tomorrow we will start making jellyfish!