We did the letter “F” this week. Personally, I do no prefer to teach using letter of the week…and for the past couple years I’ve been trying to get away with not doing it…but I was caught and told I didn’t have a choice! So, this year I’m sucking it up and doing it – but I’m doing it MY way! 🙂 The entire school does a letter a week in alphabetical order. This week we were on letter “D” – well, at least everyone else was. I have decided NOT to go in alphabetical order. If I have to teach something I don’t want to – I’m going to do it the way I want. And since I use monthly themes, I’m teaching the letters to tie in with our theme so the curriculum seems more cohesive and meaningful for the children.
So, as I was saying, this week we did letter “F”. I made a large letter F out of poster board and feathers so the children could “feel” (or trace) the letter with their fingers and see it all week (as I place it at the table or area where we are doing letter-related activities). We glued wallpaper “scales” onto fish, wrote the letter in flour, and made fans to keep us warm in the heat. I was pleasantly surprised when, after giving some children their paper to color and decorate for their fan, some wrote F’s on them as part of the decoration! This was totally the children’s idea as I gave them absolutely no direction beyond, “Decorate the front and back of your paper.” I was super excited to see this – and the children who did this were excited to show me! It’s the little moments like this that I look forward to and make me smile! 🙂
Well I just ended my 4th week of the new school year and I’ve survived 1 case of the stomach flu and 1 bad summer cold (as well as 15 children)! And I’m exhausted! I forgot how it felt to get a new class into the routine and all the frustrations that come along with that job! I’ve been very frustrated lately with how my class has been behaving and I was sure I’d never had a class like this before until I read my post from last August! I won’t write the same things now – that pretty much sums up what I’m going through!
I thought I could avoid that situation this year by being very intentional when I introduced new toys/activities – I take everything to the carpet at circle time and show/discuss how everything is to be (or not to be) used. But they still aren’t getting it and I’ve had toys/containers/baskets/books broken! Beyond modeling and discussing how to treat items respectfully, how do I get them to understand how to handle things with care?! Should I get the parents involved and write a note? Any feedback would be appreciated!
In other news, Parents Night (or Back to School Night or Open House – whatever you call it) was a great success! Aside from the fact that I did it all by myself this year (which made me extremely nervous) I had all but 2 families show up! They all seemed very pleased with what I had to say and got all their questions answered! I haven’t had one complaint yet – and I hope I won’t have any in the future! My families seem to want to be involved and know what’s going on in the classroom – and for that I’m thankful. The two families that didn’t show up are two that should have been there to hear what I had to say. Each of these families has a boy who is having behavioral issues and I’m constantly writing notes home (because I believe these parents are avoiding talking to me). But hopefully I can get them on track!
Okay, I feel like I’m rambling now…I’ll try to get online more consistently to give updates and let you know what I’m doing in class. I just feel like I’ve been really scattered and disorganized lately – even though I do plan in advance what I’m going to be doing! Just seems like I’m always running out of time! AAAHHHHH! Sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy! LOL But I think it’s just the “beginning-of-school-getting-back-into-the-routine” thing! 🙂 Hope all of you are enjoying your new class (or will be soon)!