Teachers were back at Giving Tree Early Learning to set up their classrooms the first week of August. Not only did they get their rooms ready, they also participated in professional development.
Back to school night was a wonderful opportunity for children to meet their teachers, see their classrooms, and make new friends! Families were invited to the playground dedication to celebrate the new HHAI playground made possible by HHAI Alumni.
The first week of school is focused around relationships and routines. Children need time to form meaningful and secure relationships with their teachers and classmates. This is an important time to establish routines for the rest of the school year. Simple routines like putting backpacks away and washing hands in the morning provide safety and predictability so that children can adjust to school easily.
Giving Tree children were able to engage with their environments through invitations set up in their classrooms. The teachers focused on getting to know children with activies about how tall they are, what they like to do, and who is in their family.
We ended the week with Rabbi Schusterman blowing the shofar Friday morning for Rosh Hashanah.
Mrs. Alethia Minlaff, Director: you can reach her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org