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❄️ Smart Start Week 16

Welcome to 2019!

A new year is a great time for a fresh start and that is exactly what happened at Smart Start this week. While our sweet students enjoyed Christmas Break, Ms. Deb and I spent some time preparing special spaces for our students. Each week, our Smart Starters grow in independence and skill. We want their space to grow with them and provide them with the best learning environment possible. So, as you look through this week's pictures, you will notice our new centers. We have had the best time this week watching students find their favorite spaces. Environment is a key component of learning. Preschoolers learn through play and exploration and our new spaces encourage just that!

For the second semester we are moving from independent play to start the day to Journal Time. At the beginning of the year, it was important for everyone to feel happy and at home upon arrival. Now that everyone is very much at home at ArtWorks, we are transitioning the way we begin our day. Students come into the classroom and choose a seat at one of our sweet new tables. We still ask the "Question of the Day", but instead of us writing their responses, we asked the students to illustrate their answers. Our theme this week was snow based on the Ezra Jack Keats book The Snowy Day. We asked the children to draw themselves on a snowy day. Once their picture was complete, we asked them to share their stories with the group. Debbie and I wrote out their words on their pictures so they can keep connecting the idea of putting