In the beginning of the school year we work hard to turn a classroom of 20 students and two teachers into a successful learning community. We create a community by just being in the classroom each day together, but in order to build a strong learning community, we must put out intentional effort. One way we do so is by fostering new relationships by getting to know the people around us. "Sneak Peak Mondays" help us with that! On Mondays in Early Kindergarten, we share our Sneak Peaks, or a story about our weekend, by drawing them and sharing them with our friends and our teachers.
By sharing these little snippets of our life, we let our new friends know more about what we like, what we do, our family, our lives, and more about who we are! Sharing bits and pieces about our lives can also create connections and a bridge towards new friendships!
Here are a few of our first Sneak Peeks:
-I.B., age 5
"We were catching a fish and we got lots of fish and lobster fish and we are going to eat the fish. We cut their heads off."
-B.L., age 5
"We went going picking and we found this pineapple. We went picking for pineapple. Then we saw a huge wierd pineapple."
-M.H., age 5
-O.L., age 5
"This is a swing and I am twisting around in circles and these are the circles."
-E.H., age 5
-V.D-B., age 4
"There were a lot of apple trees. We picked apples and ate all of them."
-S.M., age 4
We will continue to create and share our sneak peeks every Monday throughout the year. We will even get our very own journals to collect our weekly sneak peeks in soon! As the year goes on, this will be the forum where we play with letters, letter sounds and writing. As a class, we will begin talking about "having a go" at writing words by writing down the letters and the sounds that we hear. Sneek Peeks are a good vehicle for this kind of play because we are able to practice this work using a fun and meaninful context.