Who knew learning could be so exhausting??? We are really working hard at school these days. We are spending a lot of time getting to know one another - how many boys and girls are there? how many is that all together? how do we get to school? how old are we? what kind of foods do we like? how are we the same? how are we different from one another? is it okay to be different? The list goes on and on..... The children are getting used to the idea that we are a school family. We will be spending lots of time together and we need to figure out how we want to be treated. What will our rules be? What are the things that are important to us as a group? How do we deal with problems? It takes a lot of time but, down the road, it will help us be successful the rest of the year.
Wow, what a busy week! It was great finally getting the whole class together, but very tiring for the students and the teacher. We learned a lot over the week though and are starting to learn those important routines that will carry us through the rest of the year. Everything from how to wash our hands, how to line up, what do I do if I have to go to the bathroom are all things we need to learn to survive and thrive at school. The children have been very good already at helping those that aren't sure and reminding those that forget. It is nice to know I have many little teachers ready to step in when I am busy helping someone else. We are also setting the foundations for friendship. How do you ask to join someone else to play? How do you ask for a turn with a toy? How do you tell someone to stop doing something you don't like? Soooooo much to learn!!
Lucky we have around 180 more days of school to practise and keep learning. Enjoy the photos from our first week.
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Cathy Farber is a Kindergarten teacher at Bert Edwards Science & Technology School in Kamloops, B.C.