These are my kids self-portraits that are hanging up high in my classroom.
The one thing, we know about kindergartens, is that they love rituals and routines. I know as an adult I do too.
Last year I had Mystery Monday, and I would do the Mystery Bag. I would hear from parents how their child would get excited coming to school that day.
I think it's helpful too, for kids to anticipate something that will happen that day.
So this year I decided to incorporate this into the morning message each day I thought to myself what were all the things I want to accomplish each week with my class?
I find it's helping me with my thinking/planning each week too.
I know as the year goes on, the kids will come up with ideas to connect with each day.
For example, on Friday, they could write a joke during Daily 5.
I changed the format of my morning message too. I found that I was spending so much time last year trying to come up with stuff to write that some days I would skip it. This year I made my format easier. I always start with who is first and who will turn out the lights. I then connect with questions and always end with Let's get busy!
Eventually, Let's get busy! Changes to what we are doing, for example, I might write Let's get singing!
I used to change each sentence with a different colored marker, and I stopped doing that. I am using lots of tips from the book Morning Meeting Message.
I love doing Candle Time. I got this great idea from Nellie Edge. The candle is flameless. On Monday, the kids share one thing from their weekend and on Friday they share one favorite thing about school. I love to hear what the kids enjoyed during the week.
|In our Classroom Learning Journal, |
I record what the kids say they learned that day!
I blogged about this last, of course, the Queen of Ten is back again. Every ten days she comes for a visit. Her visit is a FAVORITE activity.
|This year we made little Queen of Ten books. This week they had to record anything that connected to the number ten.|
The problem of the day connected to the Queen.
We wrote about our experience in our learning journal.
Like literacy, I am trying to make math visible in my classroom. You can see that my problem of the day is hanging in the meeting area. I have laminated them in hopes of using them next year.
I blogged about this over the summer. I made a little corner of the room with a board for some of the routines I would like to incorporate into Science.
We kicked off Wonder of the Week by reading the book Why is The Sky Blue. I had a student make predictions and recorded some of their answers.
|These are the books I read this week. The kids couldn't stop laughing. While I was reading, I could see all the smiles and giggles, and I was thought this is what kindergarten is all about!|
Last year I was writing each title, and it was taking forever.
This year I am trying this, will see if it works.