Hello GPM families,
Wow, time seems to be flying as fall is now upon us. We look forward to the change of season as well as the continued growth in the classroom. Every day is full of reflecting on past lessons, practicing those lessons, and anticipating the excitement of new challenges. It is always fun to witness the children moving about the classroom with such purpose.We continue to model grace and courtesy throughout each day. Currently we are discussing table manners and practicing mindfulness of our bodies throughout the lunch process. This can be a very busy transition as we move from circle time, wash our hands, and sit down for lunch. We have been practicing quiet conversation with our table mates while we wait for everyone to be served. We then take three deep breaths to help calm our bodies and say, “thank you for this food.” Ms. Cyndi, Ms. Souikana, and I enjoy sitting with the children to model appropriate table manners while we have conversations. Lunch is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the children and for us to share some things we like as well.
Our studies for October will include introducing water cycles, the mammal, and tempra paints. We will also be introducing self-portraits. We will have a small mirror at a desk with paper and pencils. We will demonstrate how to feel the shape of their face and to look for other facial features to add to their portrait. We will have another opportunity later in the year for self-portraits. It is amazing to see the growth in the children’s drawing abilities and to witness the difference in how they see themselves. We will collect the portraits and save them, so we can make a small booklet for the end of the year.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held in October for the Upstairs Classroom due to the transitions in the Downstairs Classroom. Please see the sign-up sheet and clipboard above
the children’s cubbies. Thank you to the families who have already signed up. I look forward to meeting with everyone and sharing your child’s progress with you. The meetings are 30-minutes each and will be held from 8-8:30 am. Please let me know if you have questions regarding this process.
Ms. Kristine and the Upstairs Team