Today was our first day with the 3 Year Olds! I always forget how much work the first week is. We need to start all over again and show them how we do everything. Many times. Over and over. We don't move on until we feel they have grasped what we've shown them and they feel comfortable in their surroundings. Here are some firsts for today:
Signing In. We find our names and draw a line across the page. Later, when we are ready, we can write some or all of the letters in our name.
Sometimes there is a line at the sink to wash hands. We learned that only one person can be on the step stool at a time. Waiting for 3's can be very challenging, but they did a great job!
When we are finished with our work, we put them in our cubbies. Unless they are wet. Then they go on the drying table.
Clean up time takes the longest at the beginning, and we never, ever remember to give extra time for this. They were so willing to help clean, though!
Each child has his/her own mat at circle time. In the beginning, many need help recognizing their names.
Our first circle time went well! A bit of talking and poking, but that's the norm. They were very excited to have their own place to sit.
We worked hard, played hard, and made new friends. I don't know about the children, but I was tired when I got home and took a nice nap! The first week is exhausting, but so much fun.