The kiddos are doing a great job with procedures and are helping me keep on task with our day. I thought this might be a good time to walk you through each bit of our schedule and share some of what we do. I am going to share a bit each day. . . so I hope you will come back throughout the week and check in.
And so the bell rings!
Each morning we begin by lining up outside and getting our marshmallow mouths and marshmallow toes ready to come in the door. (I found this on some one's Blog, but can't remember who. If it is you, please let me know and I will give you credit!) We talk about how marshmallows are soft and very quiet! We chant:
Into the classroom
(or wherever else we might be going)
That's how it goes!
It is very effective and the kids often remind me we need to use our "marshmallow mouths". We use it as a transition whenever we are getting ready to move to a new space.
After entering the classroom we review our schedule for the day.
It is helpful for keeping me on task and helps the kiddos to develop a concept of time. While I know many teacher post their schedule but never refer to it, we look at it regularly. As Dennis Parker says, "Burn a calorie!" I move to that schedule every time we finish a part and flip the card. It is a great visual for those kids who need to know "How much longer till recess?" I know I need to work on the "cuteness" factor. . . in due time!
After reviewing our schedule for the day, we recite our rules and then say the Pledge of Allegiance. I never realized until this year, Kindergartners don't really know this! No worries. . . a lesson is in the works!
And then on to the Morning Message. This deserves a post of it's own, so I hope you'll check in with me later this week.