Building back pack skills in preschool

One thing I didn’t think to spend any quality time on at the beginning of last school year was building back pack skills. As the school year went by, it seemed that I was constantly having to help my students stay organized and inevitably, papers were always being left in cubbies or dropped on the floor on the way out the door. So this year, I spent time during our first week of preschool helping my students build a few basic back pack skills…

Building Back Pack Skills

If you think about back packs, they come with pockets of all sizes and shapes. They have zippers everywhere and then there are straps to put over your shoulders so you can carry all things in an upright position. But the big question is, do your students know how to zip up those zippers? Do your students know how to organize their things and in all of those different sized pockets?

Building Back Pack Skills

After watching my students on the first day of preschool, I could easily see that they understood how to wear their back packs but how to organize and put their things firmly inside their back packs needed a little help. So throughout our second day of school, we worked on our back pack skills…

Building Back Pack Skills

Part of the skill building process included knowing where their take home mailbox was so they could easily see what to take home at the end of each day…

Building Back Pack Skills

And part of the skill building process was figuring out where to put big things versus smaller things and then learning how to zip up zippers where needed…

Building Back Pack Skills

This is definitely not a ‘one and done’ kind of lesson. Back pack skills take time but by taking the time to walk each child through the process has given us a great start. I can already tell the difference by week two of school!

Building Back Pack Skills

Links to Grow On

Classroom Management on the First Day of School

Preparing for the First Day of Preschool

 

The things we can do in preschool

Today was our very first day in preschool and we started off the year by exploring the things we ‘can’ do in preschool…

During circle time, we passed around the can and each of us took a turn thinking of things we can do in preschool. Most of the children gave the same answer which was –  “I can paint!”:)  I will ask this question again later this week and see if they have any new answers to share…

We spent a big part of our day exploring our environment. There was much to see and much to learn about our new classroom but one thing is for sure, we discovered that we really can paint!

After painting with our cans, the children wanted to know if they could paint with paint brushes too. The children made observations:  “Look, the paint is turning brown!”

We also discovered that we can play in the water table…

And that we can get our own cups and napkins…

And that we can build tall towers…

And that we can make new friends…

And that we can make magnetic robots...

And that we can wiggle our toes…

And that we can cut and color…

And that we can climb up and down really big stairs…

And that we can play fun games…

In preschool, we can do so many things!!

This is going to be a great year!