Welcome to the Yellow Class (3-4 years)
Each week, we will be introducing a letter of the alphabet. It will not be in alphabetical order, as letters are taught in scientifically proven progressions that encourage connections and building on previous experiences. The letter will be posted on the bulletin board just inside the classroom so you can help review or make connections at home with your child if you wish. The phonics program we will utilize is called Zoo Phonics. It is a fantastic program that helps your child identify the names and sounds of letters through the use of body signals and zoo animals.
Teaching appropriate behavior is essential in the early learning classroom. It is important to us that we teach and support positive behaviors for all students. As such, we will be focusing on reinforcing the SHINE rules in our classroom. SHINE is a school-wide set of expectations the staff of Bright Beginnings collaborated and created last spring. They stand for the expectations and character traits we, as a school, feel are important to instill in our young learners. SHINE stands for:
Share with others
I can do it
Everybody is learning
When we can catch and notice students following the rules and doing what is expected, we inadvertently reinforce and celebrate the expected behavior. You will notice “Our Shining Stars” in our classroom, directly to the left of the inside door. This is a component of our positive behavior system in which students can earn a star when they are noticed following a SHINE expectation. As a class, when we have filled the board, we celebrate and earn a class party. This also reinforces the concepts of cooperation and working together towards a common goal. Keep an eye on the board and help us celebrate positive accomplishments of your child and their friends.
The children also have an individual way to celebrate. Each child has a certificate, with 24 stars around the border. Every day that they make good choices and stay on green, they get to punch out a star. When all 24 stars are punched, they get to pick a prize out of the prize bucket.
These systems help encourage intrinsic motivation and develop individuals that make good choices because it feels good inside. When we as teachers are able to create a positive and uplifting atmosphere and learning experiences for the children, they are able to succeed in a safe and nurturing environment. Additionally, they see that they are in control of their choices, and when the positive choices are celebrated; their self-esteem and confidence are further shaped in a healthy manner.
Yellow Daily Schedule (follow the link for essential skill focus information)
Yellow Class Daily Schedule
8:00-8:55 Choice Play
8:55-9:00 Clean Up
9:00-9:30 Circle Time
9:30-10:00 Table Time
10:45-11:10 Table Time
11:10-11:35 Oral Language
11:35-11:45 Bathroom/Wash Hands
12:10-12:45 Bathroom/Prepare Mats/Movie
3:45-4:45 Choice Centers
4:45-5:30 Parent Pick Up