Here's a look into some of my class' daily routines...
The first thing my kids do in the morning is unpack their book bags, make their lunch choice on the Promethean Board and do their morning work. The tardy bell rings at 8:05am and by 8:10am my class is lined up at the door ready to go to block (PE, music, art, & computer lab). I love having the first block for planning! I have time to drink my coffee and discuss the day with my TA.
The kids return from block at 8:50am and immediately come into the room and stand in their spot on the rug to say the pledge. Then it's time for CALENDAR!!! The first thing I do every morning is make sure my kids are ready to be good listeners and ready to learn.The picture in the top left of the flip chart is a link to Harry's Kindergarten song Criss-Cross Apple Sauce.
I have links throughout my morning calendar pages for easy access to songs and videos I like to use to help teach different skills. Can you see the small music notes in the top left corner? They're links to songs for the months and days!
1. Sing or say months of the year
2. Sing or say days of the week
3. Look for important days in our month (I always mark them with a cute picture.)
4. Add to our month's pattern
5. Write shortcut date (I've changed this for September.)
6. Today, Yesterday & Tomorrow
Then my line leader goes to the back door to check the weather. We graph what the weather is like and I ask random questions like "How many more days has it been sunny then cloudy?" or "How can we tell who has the most without counting?" There's a picture in the top left corner (popular spot on my flip charts) of this page that is linked to Harry Kindergarten's 4 Seasons In A Year song.
My door holder is in charge of showing us how to use base ten blocks to count how many days we've been in kindergarten. The school supplies on the left side of this page are linked to funny sounds. (Great way to keep kids' attention during this repetitive activity.) I think the apple sneezes which always makes my kids laugh!
We cross off how many days we've been together and write the number in the sentence. I have a few links on this page...I Can Count to 100, Schoolhouse Rocks Zero, Dr. Jean Zero the Hero (PowerPoint show).
We play the "Name Game" everyday until we've celebrated each student! After we've cheered for the name of the day, the kids go to their dancing spots around the room and WE DANCE!!!!!
After we dance, we gather back on the rug to complete our math journal entry as a class. Then, I send the kids to their tables to complete the entry on their own.
After math journals, we begin our math stations. Here's a surprise freebie for making it through my long post!
Sneak peak at tomorrow's post...
Letter of the Week