September is already here and we notice almost overnight changes. Some children are back to school, traffic seems worse and there is a crisp cool breeze warning us of the approaching winter.
We have seen many changes around our center. Some of our young children are moving up to different rooms entirely. Some children can handle these changes in stride and some need just a little more time to understanding.
My main approach is to have all our children excited and happy about coming in to our Transition Room each and every day.
We will be closed on Labor Day
For each child I’d like to remind you to bring in a clean sheet, blanket, clean cuddle toy (if necessary) , extra outfit (including socks) and a sweatshirt for cool mornings.
Food or sippy cups must all be labeled with your child’s name. Many students have very similar supplies, so this should help us avoid mix-ups.
September 18th: Remember picture day!
This month, we will be doing a variety of activities using the concept of “Welcome.”
We will be creating a classroom of friends using greetings, taking turns, sharing and learning and understanding classroom routines.
SOME THOUGHTS ON TEACHING
Hi, my name is Joanie.
At our center there are no time-out chairs; we do not believe it is not a positive intervention. We are glad to see it go, along with other negative intervention techniques that tend to insult children instead of positively teaching them appropriate behavior.
The best approach, I believe, is redirecting inappropriate behavior. Sensory play is especially useful for calming and redirecting: water-play, sand-play, or play dough crafts are a few especially useful sensory activities that children enjoy and are effective for calming down.