Monday, September 9, 2013

Bringing the Classroom Home Week 1 - Apples

This year is going to be so different than last year. My daughter did not like school last year. Maybe it was the transition from one teacher to a different teacher. Maybe it was the fact that I was pregnant (and very sick) and things were changing rapidly for her. Maybe there was a personality conflict with the teacher (although I thought she was great) or another student. I have no idea, but I do know that she was resistant to going to school from the first day when she crossed her little two year old arms and informed me "I'm not going back in there!" to which I replied, "yes you are - tomorrow." And that was how it was from August until March. The end of the year got better and now she tells me she loved school last year. Right.

Anyway, fast forward to the start of this year and she is the happiest kid I've seen! She loves school. She tells me she loves her teachers. She loves playing with her friends. It is so great! School should be a place where kids have fun and learn (academics and social skills). We've always enjoyed looking through her backpack at the end of the day and talking about what she learned at school that day. But I've been thinking, there's got to be more. I want to take what she is learning in school and expand on that.

So, we are bringing the classroom home. I hope to take what she is doing in school and doing extension activities at home that we can either do in the evenings or we can add to her quiet time boxes.

Here's what she brought home on the first day of school:

Ok, so she is talking about apples. I think that that is perfect - even though kids don't bring apples to their teachers anymore!

We haven't done a lacing project in a while, I thought this would be a great time to do another one. I got the apple shape from here.  It turned out to be a ton of fun while we worked on many skills including preparing for the activity, a math/counting activity, an art project using dot stampers, a fine motor cutting activity and a following directions activity.

Now, we have a new lacing activity to add to one of her quiet time boxes, plus it reinforces what we did at home and what she did at school. We enjoyed it and I know you and your child will too!

I am excited about all of the fun she will have at school and the extra projects we will do at home. I'm always looking for suggestions! What do you do to bring the classroom home?

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