A.M. class 8:30-11:10 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Teacher: Brigitte Frank
Staff assistants: Viveca Duazo and Sandy Grimes
Therapists: Laura Miller, Speech Pathologist
Debby Kier, Physical Therapist
Kate Costelloe, Occupational Therapist
8:30 Arrival routine
The children are learning to walk in line as part of a group. Upon arrival at the porch outside our classroom we clean our hands with sanitizer and do some counting. Students are learning independent self help skills removing coats and backpacks and placing coats on hooks and backpacks in a receptacle.
8:40 Play and Toileting
Children make play choices from available selections. Play is a wonderful time to work on developing friendships and learning to share and trade toys. It's also a wonderfult time to work on imaginative and dramatic play. Students are also learning to clean up after playtime is finished.
9:15 Circle Time
Circle time is for sitting with friends and engaging in a variety of activities. Circle activities can include group games, stories, songs, rhymes, and fingergames. An important part of Circle is also mini lessons. Mini lessons are regularly taught to teach specific skills and regularly done to prepare students for an upcoming activity where they can practice that skill.
9:30 Activity Time- Stations
Currently we have two stations daily. Students transition to and between stations by placing colored "tickets" on the colored tray at the activity. One station is typically more open ended and frequently allows students opportunities to explore sensory materials. One station is more task or project oriented, or may be directed toward development of a specific skill.
9:50 Books (Puzzles), Toileting
Children make book choices from available selections. Available book selections are based on student interests as well as classroom themes. Adult support is given to assist in the development of their emerging literacy skills as children learn to develop skills such as going front to back and page by page in a book. Some days puzzles will be a choice as well.
Prior to transitioning we sit together and clean hands with sanitizer and follow a routine of saying a rhyme with hand movements "Open, Shut Them". Children are then transitioned one by one to find their placemat at one of two snack tables. Typically at least two food choices are offered as well as two drinks ( juice or water). Snack is a great opportunity for requesting choices and social interactions. Periodically students will have opportunities to participate in their snack preparation. Following snack students are responsible for sorting placemats and their dirty dishes into the correct receptacles.
10:20 Transition to Recess (Recess is from 10:25-10:45)
Recess is a great time for gross motor development. We hope you will always send your child in clothing and shoes appropriate for safe outdoor play. Our first choice for recess is always the playground ! We share the playground with two other classes during our time outside. If the weather does not permit playground play we alternate with other classrooms using the following options : sensory room, gym, or an extra classroom which has been set up with some play and motor items.
10:55 Closing Circle
Closing Circle can include songs, rhymes, fingergames, and musical instruments. Sometimes we sing along with a C.D. and sometimes we just use our voices. In addition, interactive reading of books is also a part of Circle on some days. We end Circle with a regular goodbye routine, singing goodbye to each child as they are dismissed to get their coats and backpacks and line up along our train.
We walk with students to meet their buses or their families.
We have fun and we are busy !