Oh the power of music! We have been singing this song for the past few weeks in the classroom and at this point most of the kids are able to spell the word Halloween by themselves. We had to do a quick talk about what does "double l and double e" mean but they understood and I am impressed! I was a schoolhouse rock kid, so I know the power music can have and I LOVE it! Enjoy and Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Back to school and back to work can be a new and different experience for young learners. There are new people, new rules and new expectations that they may not have outside of school in their home life.
In kindergarten we teach and then expect independence, we require attentiveness but most of all we expect manners. Each family has different standards and different sets of expections especially when children are young, but by the time children enter school they are expected to respect adults and peers as well as abide by the common day to day manners of society. Parents magazine wrote a great article about the 25 manners every child should know. You can read the article by clicking HERE and below I have the list of top 25.
Manner #1When asking for something, say "Please."
When receiving something, say "Thank you."
Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.
If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation
When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.
Manner #6The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.
When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.
When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.
Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.
When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.
Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.
Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.
Don't call people mean names.
Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.
Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.
If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.
Manner #19As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new.
Manner #21When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!
Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.
Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
Manner #25Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.
Posted by Mrs. Giglio at 3:26 PM
Sunday, October 2, 2011
The past two weeks we have been working on colors and learning to spell the color words. Here is a link to my color songs playlist. Here you can view all of the great color songs that we have been singing in our classroom. If you are a parent you can sing them together at home. If you are a teacher you can use them on your smart board in your classroom. Enjoy!