We are off to an amazing start at Paddington! Our friends are making new friends, children are discovering the fun of our ever-changing choice tables and exploring the outdoor classroom.
A big focus at Paddington throughout the year is the strength of our community. This is especially true at the beginning of the school year as each classroom establishes their community within their classroom and then to the school as a whole. The Peter Rabbit classroom shared the following which we know is true, at an age appropriate level, for each classroom:
"Building friendships and creating our classroom community will be our focus for the first few weeks of the year. We do this by spending a lot of our time sharing about ourselves, reading stories, singing, and creating art that reflects who we are. As we get to know each other better, we can begin to understand who our classmates are and where our classmates come from. The more we learn about one another, the more empathy, compassion, and understanding will be present in our classroom community. We then work to establish what matters to us as a group and how we want to treat each other when we are together in our classroom space. No two classes are the same and our environment and rules should reflect our unique group."
We encourage you to share classroom blogs with your children. We've already seen and heard that with the aid of the blog pictures, children have a great tool to spark more conversations about school, new friends and what is going on in the classroom. We look forward to all the fun, learning and PLAY that will be happening this year!