We have been making the second editions of our
"All About Me" books.
While in September the project took most of the month to create,
in June it has taken one week.
As in September, I used this book as a way to assess what each child knew and was capable of accomplishing on their own.
When the school year began the class was predominately 2 1/2 and 3 year olds with some 4 year olds. We had returning friends and we met new friends.
Currently, we have a mostly 3 and 4 year old class, with two 5 year old friends preparing for a new adventure in the fall.
While creating the books this week, I noticed more of my friends were able to follow 2 step directions-an important developmental skill.
Fine motor skills have greatly improved, as well as the patience needed to use those skills-for example cutting and writing.
Because my belief in them is unyielding, I will encourage them to try to reach a bit beyond their comfort zones.
We have had class discussions about expectations. This is how I describe "expectation" to the preschoolers: Once I know you can do something on your own, then I expect you to.
I see their potential, I want them to see it.
As I looked at their September 2016 picture side by side to the June 2017 picture, I couldn't help but be impressed by how much the children have grown and developed their capabilities in the past year.
Books like these are concrete examples of their hard work.
I hope you enjoy them as much we enjoyed making them.
It has been a privilege to be their morah.