So we are at the beginning of another year! This has been a particularly hairy start for us as we have merged with another school and are in a brand new building. The workmen haven’t actually finished yet, so things aren’t quite as we want them to be. I’ve found it very difficult open up my classroom to new little people when it isn’t properly set up. I’ve done my best to create a welcoming environment for them and am working around the clock to try and clear the shelves, which are piled with resources I’ve yet to find a place for. I’m hoping I will have shelves put up on my cupboard soon, which will help with that!
Anyway, I wasn’t going to post this week as I’ve been working such long hours, but have decided to share some of the activities I’ve provided for the children, to help them with their settling in period…
Light Panel & OHP
If you follow my blog, you will know how much I love playing with light. I made my own lightbox a couple of years ago & changed the enhancements weekly. We all loved it! Although I was allowed to purchase a small real light panel, I held out until we could have a large one, as I loved the collaboration we had on my larger homemade lightbox. I am totally thrilled that I waited as I love my new large round panel. It sits neatly in the corner & can even change colour if we want it to. How posh! 😉
So I now have a Discovery Area in the corner of my room – it contains the Discovery Table, the light panel & the OHP – it also has a couple of shelf units which are waiting patiently to be sorted & organised.
The children need to learn how to use the OHP (it gets warm if left on for long periods of time, so I need them to know how to switch it on & off), so I just provided simple gel numbers to begin with. They have loved playing with it…
Just magnetic discs to start them off…
I put out some simple natural resources for the children to explore…
I know trains are always a safe bet for the beginning of the year when I don’t yet know the children…
… with cutters & rolling pins…
Pasta in the Water Tray
We don’t yet have hooks for aprons & so I put pasta in the water tray…
Wild Animals Play
Sorting & Counting
… with Compare Bears…
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– Rachel (“,)