The first few weeks of school when children are settling in are a crucial time for social/emotional development, and building a classroom routine. All children are individuals and while some will adjust fairly easily to new routines others will take longer to feel comfortable. Big feelings around separation are a healthy part of adjusting. The beginning of school is about the children establishing a safe base and trust in alternate caregivers, and as their caregivers, it is our joy to build a loving, nurturing environment.
This is why we create schedules for children and routines to help with separation and create a warm, safe classroom. We want to build trust as well as confidence. Having these tools will help children with their transition into the school year and beyond.
Here is a look at some of the important classroom routines and transitions Red Roomers have been practicing these first days of school, as explained by the Red Roomers themselves:
Teacher: what are you making?
Isaac: it’s a birthday cake!
we all sing happy birthday and Isaac blows out the candles
Teacher: it’s clean up time!
George: well I didn’t make that much of a mess
Harriet: Jellycat doesn’t like cucumbers. Baby needs to sit right here, we need water!
Teacher: do you want your sleeping sack?
Teacher: ok I’m going to zip you up okay?
Evan: my mom and dad zip down.