One of the first things that needed to be done was to color and mark these little "monsters" to see what things we could do to help us stay on track and not get ourselves into trouble. The rules for the new year are basically the ones the children know that they need to observe to keep each other and "teacher" happy.
We talked about our happy hands, which are the things they will be doing to help me through each day. Each child has been given a color which will help them to know who does what and we went through this several times so that they understand a little about what will be their job each day. They are excited to be able to help by giving the prayer when we have snacks, leading the pledge; being the line leader; telling about the weather for the day; singing our days of the week song, and putting a new number of the day of the month; and of course, everyone loves to hand out the snacks. We also pointed out the map of the United States and located our state "Arizona" and talked about some of the other states that we know.
It was really fun to see how they all worked together with the blocks to create their own little village with various sizes of buildings and how they spread them out to make a little village. A plus--working together!!
The highway started at the bottom of the stairs and went here and there all over the basement floor, but it was really fun to watch them move those cars around I was proud of them when they picked up the toys that they were playing with, even though I told them that they could let them out until we were finished with them on Thursday.
A great bunch of little kids, and that is why I love teaching this age! It is going to be a good year!!