Mrs. Tara was great about giving the girls a small taste of what they would be doing on a daily basis in class. Carpet time is an integral part of their day. They read stories, tell stories, sing songs, pray, communicate, dance, and share on the carpet. Mrs. Tara explained how the children should sit when they are in the circle, she read them a book about starting a new school, she introduced them to Mr. Froggy (a frequent friend of the class) and they all got up and sang and danced to a new song.
Emerson listening intently during carpet time!!
Learning about the different centers in their classroom!!
After carpet time, the girls all got up and got in a line, then they hopped around the room (literally!) with Mrs. Tara and Mr. Froggy, so Mrs. Tara could explain all the different centers in the room. There is a toy center, a reading center, a science center, a painting center, and they even have an additional room called "The Pond". They share this room with the Fish Class (hence the pond reference).
Making a special crown for a special day!
After a quick tour around the room, everyone got a turn to make a special crown that will adorn the wall of the classroom. This crown will stay up all year until it is the child's birthday and then it will be brought down. During the week of the child's birthday, they are the "Special Student of the Week". This honor comes with lots of perks and the week is pretty much all about the child; special books to be brought in, a special toy of the child's, and even a celebration where the crown will be worn.
One last picture of Emerson and Haegan playing!!
It was a great orientation and I think Emerson was more-than-ready to start school when we left that day...little did she know, her start date was right around the corner! I was so pleased with the school and think it will be a great fit for Emerson. I know Danny and I are so happy we made that decision back in April!!
A Preschool Cook-Out
We had a great time, and although I am not one for social events when I know practically no one, I did have a good time and it was nice to talk to the other moms, compare stories, and just relax for a bit. Great start to a new school year. I am already thinking about what we will do at the April social function we will host (I'm thinking it will have something to do with finding eggs!!).