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Smart Start 2018 - Week 1

This week we kicked off our Smart Start adventure and it was magical! Each day our students started the day with free play in our Imagination and Sharing Rooms. They explored real objects like flowers, pine cones, shells, wood, and cans. They also activated their imaginations playing with animals, dinosaurs, kitchen accessories, and more!

After Free Play, we met for Morning Circle Time where we met our Leader of the Day, talked about th

e weather, and filled in the calendar. During Circle Time, we watched a video featuring Pete the Cat that launched us into the day's activities. We rocked in our school shoes, loved our red shoes, and popped our groovy buttons with Pete the Cat.

After Circle Time, we got moving and grooving. We danced to music, pretended to be cats like Pete, played games, sang songs, and enjoyed getting our bodies moving! This group has loads of energy and man, oh man, do they LOVE to sing!

Next, we took a little break to grab a snack. Snack time was full of conversation, laughs, and sharing. Mrs. Debbie and I enjoy the stories that the kids share during this time. It was so much fun getting to know our students around the table this week.

After snack, we moved into a time of exploration. Through sensory tables, art projects, and science experiments, we let our students' natural curiosity take us on some grand adventures. This week, we painted, drew pictures, and glued. We used play dough and imagined we were bakers. We experimented with strawberries and blueberries seeing if they would float and what would happen when we squished them! We made chocolate pudding AND PAINTED WITH IT! Some of our kiddos thought this was grand and others were not so sure! This time of exploration and discovery is priceless. They ask great questions and make wonderful observations and generate ideas and solutions naturally.

After all that exploring, we headed back to the Imagination Room to read one of Pete the Cat's adventures. We were so impressed with all our students during reading. They were great listeners and were able to help tell the story by listening and joining in on the repeated phrases. They are going to be fantastic readers some day!

We ended each day where we started. They have really enjoyed building train sets, making cards in the Writing Center, and camping out in our tent.

We have had a great week at Smart Start. We hope your children have come home full of stories about what they are experiencing, however, we know that the first week of school is usually a little overwhelming and exhausting. To that end, we will post reflections and photos on this page each week so you can get a glimpse into what we are doing each week even if your little is too tired to share it! We hope you enjoy seeing their pictures and reading some of their quotes from each week. Thank you for being a part of our Smart Start family! It's going to be a spectacular year!

We asked each student, "What was your favorite thing about Smart Start?"

Hayes: "It was drawing."

Ella: "I like the lizard."

Chance: "Painting and playing on the train tracks."

Hank: "Playing with trucks."

Elle: "Eating a snack."

Layla: "Pete the Cat drawing."

Marian: "Play dough and everything!"

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