recycle. This way the whole family is involved and the child is more likely to recycle at home as well. Part B. Understanding Change Coming into a new classroom can be overwhelming to any child. Five- and 6-year-olds respond well to clear expectations both yours and theirs! Since most children at this stage want to do what it is "right," they feel most comfortable if they know what your expectations are right from the start. If you launch the year by clearly verbalizing and depicting (with picture signs) what you want and need from children, you will probably get it! From the first day of school, express clear expectations for turn taking, sharing, walking, talking, listening, and sitting. Once you have set these expectations in place, you will only need to remind children of the rules and routines throughout the year. Making the change for the child much more smoothly as the year goes on. The Changing of a butterfly The children have been very excited exploring butterflies. We have based lots of the experiences around the popular text, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. They have been engaged in sequencing the story and using puppets and props to retell the story in their own words. We
also ordered a kit from Lakeshore Learning, they sent us everything we needed to get started. We started out by placing the food inside and from then on the children came in every day excited to see any changes the butterfly had made. The children were all fascinated to hear that a caterpillar turns into a cocoon and then hatches as a butterfly. The children have developed their verbal skills summarizing what they learned and have had to use an audible voice for the other children to be able to hear what they are sayin g.
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- Summer '17
- Megan Vrono
- A. Latoya