Thursday, August 20, 2009

2nd Day is a Charm

Wow, i am totally blown away by the wonderful day that we have had. By 8 am everyone that was a little uneasy about coming in had calmed down and began to play.

During circle time most of the children participated . There was singing and dancing. As I looked around the room , I saw smiles and happy children. During one of the songs I saw two children holding hands. Before long, they added a third and a fourth and even included me. As the song ended the circle was wide and many of our friends were standing in the sweetest circle holding hands and grinning from ear to ear. In the preschool world that is what we call " building community."

What is building community?

As teachers we take a group of children that come from many different walks of life. Some live with mom and dad, some with grandparents, some speak english and others dont. We all come with our unique talents and abilities , strengths , weaknesses and yes.... even hurt and pain. Our goal is to make everyone feel accepted and valued. I want our classroom to be a safe place where kids come in and can just " be a kid" and be happy. In reality, learning cant take place until this happens.

In addition to the music time I already mentioned , I will give you some examples of how we did this today.

Dillion had a hard time coming in . Jaxson , with a year under his belt was a little more confident starting his day. As I transitioned Dillion from his mom and dad I asked Jaxson could he help Dillion go wash his hands as he went. Jaxson took Dillion's hand and headed to the bathroom. I noticed later in the morning that they two boys were playing together. Sure, it would have been just as easy for me to take Dillion to the bathroom and help him but this way, I was building community in our classroom. Dillion made a new friend and Jaxson gained more confidence as he took on a leadership role!

One of the little girls took ALL The blocks out of the blocks shelf. Our rule is - if you take it out , please put it away before going to another center. " Little girl" left the block center and all the mess. As i asked her to come back and clean up she said I cant do it all by myself. I replied " I cant make a friend help you because it is your mess but if you would like to ask someone to help you , you may." Before she was able to ask, Whitlee piped in that she would help her. What a friend!

We learn to take care of each other.
We learn to have confidence in what we do.
We learn that sometimes a group is much better than doing it alone.

Community in a classroom is a good thing.


  1. Great pics again! I love being able to look on here and see what Danny and the others do during school.. I think it's a great idea! I wish I could do it with Danielle! I seen this morning with Dillion and Jaxson, and it was a great idea! I still can't believe the kids were behaving so well at lunch time either! Looks like they are having great fun! See you tomorrow!

  2. sounds like they had a great day!! audrey was did great at the dentist!! she keeps showing off her sparkle teeth :) she is excited for school tomorrow!

  3. Well Debbie Sue, I'm so glad day 2 was a success. I know you are working miracles over there but I have to tell you about Nolan. Yesterday when I picked him up we headed to the restaurant. He threw the door open (crown and all) and said, "ME the KING"! Everyone in there died of laughter. He is normally quiet around lots of people....not yesterday. Josh picked Nolie up today and took him for lunch at the restaurant, same idea, full of life, full of personality! He has been hysterical! I know that he is having a great time with you. You can see it in the way he walks. He is beaming. Thank you guys!

  4. Wow...that Whitlee is sure a sweet girl! :)