Thursday, October 29, 2009

Children make you want to start life over. ~Muhammad Ali

This morning I went to St. Mary's to observe the pre-k daily routine from 8:00 to 8:50. The hour went by so fast! For the first 20 minutes or so in the classroom, there were stations set up in the room for the children to play at until the rest of their classmates arrived. They had stations such as coloring, blocks, and other little play sets. While the students and parents entered the room, the teachers greeted every person with a warm welcoming hello. I noticed the individual attention the teachers gave to each of the students and how they were able to make every one of them smile. When almost everyone had arrived, the students lined up to go to the bathroom and wash their hands. There was an assigned leader for the day who led the line and would help with the morning meeting. Today they had two leaders because Sophia, the girl who was supposed to lead yesterday, was absent on her leader day. The two girls shared the leading spot at the front of the line. In the bathroom, each child used the restroom then washed their hands. While washing their hands they sang a tune to help them remember how to wash properly. To the tune of Frere Qacques: Tops and Bottoms, Tops and Bottoms, In between, In between, All around your hands, All around your hands, Makes them clean. Makes them clean. The song is very cute and catchy and is perfect for making washing hands fun for pre-k students! Some of the students loved the water more than others. Lily washed her hands for the entire time everyone was in there, she loves the water! The children lined up and met on the rug for their morning meeting. Everyone sat in a circle, including me, and sang a good morning song that went something like "good morning lauren, how are you you? shake hands with brandon who's sitting next to you". The whole class sang and went around the circle to everyone while everyone shook hands. After the greeting, the leaders shared the daily activities such as looking at the weather, putting the date on the calendar and helping count. One thing I noticed was that they integrate spanish when the teachers talk to the students. The students could count to ten in spanish and knew simple phrases such as "hola". After the morning meeting, the students had another choice time, but I didn't get to stay because it was time for me to leave. :( I wish I didn't have class in the morning every day so I could go every morning!!


  1. Well written and described Lauren. Thank you.

  2. Great job Lauren! This is a new concept for field experience that Professor Yang implemented this semester. During my class, we didn't have to go to St. Mary's in the morning during class but looking back on it, I sure wish we did! The Pre-K is the funnest group to work with as they are always bubbly and ready to play. It's the little things like this that will go a long way in helping you develop as a teacher. Keep it up!