Preschool: Beginning of the school year
I would like to welcome all the new children and parents and hope that by now, you have had enough time to adjust to the new Preschool environment. Some of you may have experienced the ups and downs of your children’s emotions during these first days.
I also like to warmly welcome our new teacher, Mrs. Lambauer- Montgomery. She began working in our Preschool after the summer break and quickly settled into her classroom. As you may have read from our monthly class planners, our theme of the month is
Getting to know each other - I am Me, You are You, We are We
Our goal, while working with this theme is to foster the perception of self and to encourage the development of competence in your children. This is especially important because of classroom changes at the beginning of the new school year.
Last year's young students are now the older ones and must adapt to their new role in the group constellation. The little ones (usually the 2-3 years olds) have to adjust to the new group setting as well.
Circle time is important:
During circle time your children are welcomed with greetings like “We are glad you are here!”. The important point is that each and every child is greeted individually. We sing songs together, look at special events of the day, greet our birthday children, welcome back children who have been absent for a little while, and prepare the children for an exciting day ahead in the Preschool. A positive atmosphere, little surprises, exciting stories, and the children's participation strengthen the ritual of the morning circle.
I don’t think I need to mention how important a good start in the morning is for your child. He/she leaves the circle time in a balanced and happy state of mind, feels vindicated and copes with the rest of the day with more trust and confidence. The children also feel they are taken seriously and are empowered because of their right to self-determination. The children learn to trust each other. Social behavior is developed during circle time as well: listening, waiting, contributing, and having other children be in the forefront at times play key roles in developing, social behavior.
The children feel their own independence, because the grown-ups don't always determine the contents of circle time. Through this approach, the children's ideas and thereby their imaginations are fostered.
Because of the diverse content and the structure of the circle time, the children are exposed to a wide array of learning opportunities.
- Sensory perceptions are trained.
- Cognitive faculties are developed.
- The imagination is stimulated and creativity is expressed.
- German vocabulary is expanded.
- Different instruments are introduced to the children.
- Music is taught and the musical talent is fostered.
- Acceptance of each other is developed by reinforcing, that each opinion is heard and is important.
- The children are introduced to different cultures and their customs.
Have I inspired your curiosity for our circle time? To make sure that your children do not miss one of their most important daily events, please come on time every morning.
In joyful anticipation of all the things we will experience together this Preschool year, I would like to warmly welcome you to the Preschool. If you have any questions, please feel free and don’t hesitate to contact me.
Principal of the Preschool