In just two weeks of school, our students settled into their new routine beautifully! Learning and practicing school routines are extremely important in creating a safe, secure, and predictable learning environment for children. At Park Maitland, we feel that it’s vital for children to have structure and routine within their school day. The first few weeks of school are a time when those important procedures are learned.
For our youngest students, procedures like practicing fire and safety drills, learning how to walk in lines, lining up for class, where to put lunch boxes and tote bags, putting materials away in class, and cleaning up after themselves are important steps to helping them feel confident, safe, and secure at school. Older students learn notebook organization, how to write in planners, time management, organizing what’s needed for the next class, going to lockers, and more.
All of our students learn and practice important interpersonal skills such as proper greetings (shaking hands, practicing introductions, standing when a guest enters the classroom, using eye contact), and our basic but important expectation of answering in at least two word responses, such as “Yes, ma’am” and, “No, sir” instead of “Yeah” or “No”…and, of course, “Please” and “Thank you” to all! It is always such a pleasure to witness the outstanding manners that our students display, and we know that this all starts in the home! Thank you parents, for sending us such sweet and mannerly children!
As a matter of fact, the “fruits of your labor” were quite evident during our recent 6th grade “Beach Bonding” trip. This overnight adventure was hosted by our beloved 6th grade social studies teacher, Mrs. Finwall, with the help of all of the grade six teachers! The outstanding manners, empathy, and respect displayed towards fellow classmates and adults by our “Super Seniors” made us all so very proud!