We’ve been working very hard on our self-regulation this term. Your child may have started talking to you about the Zones of Regulation.
We’ve written an extensive post about Self-Regulation and the Zones for your reference. https://theselfregulatedteacher.com/2016/10/17/the-zones-of-regulation/
As we head towards the end of the first term (we blinked and the term has already gone by in Kindergarten) we’re noticing important changes in the children’s maturity. First, a significant improvement in focusing on, and listening to, the teacher. We’ve created a visual chart around listening behaviours for the meeting area. We refer to this chart daily at the beginning of the year and bring the children’s attention to it to help them self-regulate their learning.
Second, from the first day of school we know that behavioural expectations must be clearly and explicitly stated so students know what is expected from themselves and their classmates; there must be no doubt in the children’s mind what the teacher is looking for and expecting. We explain to the children our expectations before we begin any new experience, and remind and revisit expectations for familiar activities. The children have done well to understand the differences between “expected behaviour” and “unexpected behaviour.” We use those phrases frequently as we try to gently shape and reinforce the expected behaviour (“It’s unexpected to be running out the classroom door; it’s expected we will all just walk for everybody’s safety.”
Finally, when classroom structures and routines are put into place, the children are able to reasonably predict what will happen next and feel calmer, and more secure in their connection with the classroom, teacher and friends. As their classroom teachers, we work very hard to be clear and consistent in our classroom routines. The children love knowing the classroom routines; we know how important it is for the children to feel safe and comfortable in their learning environment.
From the first week of school beginning with Gradual Entry, we have slowly and carefully established the routines and built upon them daily and weekly. Now, we can see the results of our teaching as the children remember and follow the routines for washing their hands and sitting on the carpet at the start of the day; gathering and returning their school supplies; how to line-up and stay quiet; and putting away their food bags and water bottles before going outside to play. These are just a few of the many routines the children have learned and become part of how we do things in Kindergarten.
Upcoming Events and Reminders
The Grade Four students are collecting new Adult sized gloves, toques and socks. We appreciate your generosity to help those in need. All donations are due at the end of this week.
Our new rotation for Special Helper begins later this week. Please note there is no Sharing by individual students as we will be doing our Christmas Advent Calendar as part of the Calendar Time.
Monday – Library Book Exchange. Please remember to return to your book to borrow a new one.