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Ms Ashley's Classroom 1

Hello, Classroom 1 families!

Let me start off by saying that Ms. Halle and I deeply miss every single one of you. We cannot wait to be back in the classroom with each of our students and give each a big hug! We hope that you and your families are staying healthy and safe during this difficult time.

Last time we were all together, we were learning about the Early Learning Guidelines Approaches to Learning. As your child's new teacher, I wanted to learn how each of my students approached learning. We used our senses by touching, tasting, smelling, listening, and looking at different things within the inside and outside classrooms. We did a lot of messy play, such as finger painting with different textures, getting muddy outside, and lots of goo in the sensory table. I encouraged each child to join in on learning at their own pace so I could view how each child approached learning.

Now that we are heading into the month of May, I am excited to spend more time outside. I am not sure when we will all be together again, but when we do come back together, I would like to focus on the Early Learning Guidelines Social and Emotional Development. Social and Emotional Development is the key to unlocking the door to learning. Social development refers to a child's ability to create and sustain meaningful relationships with adults and other children. The transition back to the school will be hard for some children to understand after staying home with loved ones for so long. Ms. Halle and I hope to make the transition to a new daily schedule for the children as easy as possible.

Some activities we are going to do this month will consist of spending more time in our outdoor classroom. We will be engaging in a lot of water and mud play, so please, when you can, bring a bathing suit and/or a change of clothes for your child. We will read lots of books and create other activities that will tailor to strengthening our bond with the children and their friends. It is important to strengthen the social and emotional bond we had/have/and will gain. When teachers develop positive, nurturing relationships with young children, the child feels more secure in the environment and will more likely feel comfortable learning and growing.

Ms. Ashley and Ms. Halle

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