At the Trust Center, everything we do is based upon the needs of our children and their families, developmentally, socially and spiritually. The Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Experiences influence planning in every part of our days at school from social emotional to health and safety to language arts to math to physical development. Throughout the day, we ensure that children have the opportunity to plan, play, reflect, revisit and connect which are the fundamental goals of the state’s guidelines. Here’s a peek at the teaching of routines and counting in our Parparim classroom (older threes and younger fours):
How We Discuss and Identify Daily Routines
by Debbie, Jill and DanielHow do children learn to follow daily classroom routines? The best approach is for teachers to develop predictable routines that are part of circle time. In our classroom, we began using these routines on the first day of school. The daily schedule of activities, class counter, and counting the days of the school year are part of the first circle or morning meeting each day in our classroom. The children have a “map” that tells them what will happen each day, so they are able to follow the consistent routines. Our daily schedule has a long Velcro line with cards with pictures and words attached. The pictures are easily identified by the children. During the morning meeting activity, the “Daily Reporter” uses a pointer to tell the children the schedule of the day. The “Class Counter” uses a pointer to count each child by touching their shoe, and then announces the magic number (the number of children in our class) for that day. Counting the days of the school year is done by following a color and shape pattern. The colors are arranged by primary (red, blue, and yellow) and secondary ( orange, purple and green). The shapes are circle, square, triangle, oval, rectangle and diamond. A new number is added on the wall each day.