This week, we opened one of our preschoolers' favorite centers: dramatic play! Throughout the year, our dramatic play center may become different places like a store, a beach, a doctor office, or any other place that their imagination comes up with. Right now, our dramatic play center is a set up as a kitchen but our preschoolers already found a way to turn the center into an airplane! I love seeing their imaginations take off as they explore the classroom with their friends!
One of the most important beginning of year skills that we work in is name recognition. We will be doing many different activities in the coming weeks that will help us to recognize our names, and recognize the names of fellow classmates. Yesterday, we went name fishing!
On Thursday, we opened a new center: blocks! In blocks, preschoolers have access to many different types of blocks, other building materials, cars, trucks, plastic animals, and plastic people. Preschoolers learn problem solving skills, explore ways that they can work together, and develop dramatic play scenarios.
On Mondays, we begin our day with music class with Mrs. A. Throughout the year, during music class, our preschoolers will learn songs for school concerts, songs for Mass, explore different ways of making music, and explore playing instruments. We had our very first music class of the year this morning!
Throughout the year, our students spend a lot of time exploring, learning, and playing in our centers. During this first week, our preschoolers learned about two centers: table toys and puzzles. Center time is an important time of our day when our preschoolers can be creative, solve problems, and practice working with peers.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.