Category Archives: Language Arts

Room 1 – Songs We Sing

Dear Families of Room 1:

Thank you so much for sharing your children with us.  We have been having a lot of fun this week.  To create even more of a connection between home and school, we wanted to send you a list of some of the songs that we have been singing with the children, in case you want to sing them at home, too.

The biggest hit in our room has been “Slippery Fish.”  Here’s a link to a video of that song:
Since a lot of buses drive past our school, we sing “The Wheels on the Bus” quite a bit while we are outdoors.
We have a boat outdoors where the children sit and rock back and forth, so we have also been singing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
If You’re Happy and You Know It” is another song we sing quite a bit all throughout the day.
Old MacDonald” is a song we sing a lot because the sounds of the animals are fun to sing.  Playing with sounds ties strongly to language development.
Children learn language through the words in music and mathematics through the patterns and rhythms of music.  Children also move their bodies when they sing and dance, which enhances physical development.  Lastly, but probably most important, singing together enhances relationships and social development.  It’s something we do together.  It can help with transitions and can lead to emotions of joy, too!
We are excited to continue to build more relationships with you and your children.  Building connections between home and school can be so wonderful for everyone!
-The Teachers of Room 1-

Book about Room 1

Dear Families:

I hope you are all having a great first week of school.  We have truly enjoyed getting to know you all and your children.  Today I created a book for all of you!  It is a book for children and families about Room 1.  The book is attached in PDF format.  I want to encourage you to:
  • ​Print out this book and bind it together somehow so that you and your child can read it together (we use report covers and sheet protectors to make books for children).
  • ​Download the PDF into your eReader, tablet, or phone and have it available for you and your child to scroll through and read/discuss together.
The book is about the environment and routine in Room 1.  It shows places in our classroom that may now be familiar to your child.  Reading this book at home with your child can:
  1. ​Create a connection between home and school
  2. Help your child learn some early literacy skills
  3. Help with the transition to beginning school in Room 1
  4. Create a bond between you and your child
  5. Provide oral language opportunities for your child
We hope that you enjoy this book!  We will be putting some copies into our classroom, too, so that we can read the book with the children in the school setting.  This will create even more of a connection between home and school.
Learning about the routine of school, becoming familiar with the classroom environment, and creating relationships between the adults and children in the classroom are the most important parts of beginning school.  We will continue to work on forming relationships with you and your children.  The family photos and family pages for the children’s journals have been great.  We have those in our classroom already!
If you have any questions about Room 1, please do not hesitate to ask.  We hope that you enjoy this little book about our classroom.  If you have trouble downloading it, please let us know.
Have a great evening.
– The Teachers of Room 1 –
Attachment: My School