Our class had wonderful healthy snacks all week thanks to Aryeh and his family. The children loved the grapes, bananas, and strawberries, which the children helped to wash and dry themselves– we are always striving to make them as independent as possible. (And the strawberries fit right into our red theme — see below).
Above almost all else, as parents and teachers, our children’s safety is paramount. Which is why for the next week or two we will be focusing on Stop and Go. Stopping before leaving our classroom, going up and down the steps, crossing the parking lot and street. Going when the Morahs say it’s safe to Go.
Some of the children know that when they are in their cars, a red light means stop. To reinforce this knowledge, as well as introduce it to the entire class, we began by identifying everyday items in our classroom that are red: a cup, a block, a red shaker.We even ate red strawberries. During circle time, each child chose a red toy from a red box and together we named the object. As we go through our day, we are pointing out red objects — red balls, red leaves, a red sweater. We also read Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell and Barry Michael Harman.
We then introduced red stop signs explained that when they see a red stop sign or a Morah holding up her hand, they need to stop. We even made a “stop lollipop,” as a concrete reminder of when they need to stop whenever we leave the classroom. We also will be hanging red stop signs on the walls of the indoor play area so that all the children in school to help all the children in remember then need to brake their bikes (and themselves!) rather than banging into the wall.
More to come later this week…
Morah Sherry and Morah Blimie