I will start with time savers, since we are all trying to squeeze as much instructional time into our days. It is a challenge to get your little kinders to stay organized. They tend to want to toss things into their desks which, in turn, creates delays when you want them to find something in their desk later.
I always create this chart with my kids.
Although it lacks beauty, it is functional. On the left, they keep their Bee Binder and book bag. On right we have their poetry notebook, their math journal, their stations work folder, and their pencil box. Loose crayons, glue sticks, scissors, and pencils are not permitted. All loose papers must be in their Bee Binder.
I suggest taking time to train your kiddos (of any grade) how to keep their desks tiddy. This is a life-long skill and it will save you time throughout the year.
The desk fairy is making her debut next week... SQUEAL!!!!!
My students arrive at various times in my classroom starting at 8:00am, but school does not start until 8:30. It is important for me to have meaningful work for my students to do when they arrive.
Each morning my students are given a Read, Trace, Glue, and Draw Paper.
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|How cute, he named his crayon after himself, Willow!|
Naturally, this requires some training too. One big helpful hint is to teach your kiddos how to keep track of the things they cut out.
|This is an example from their Blue Song book.|
I have my kids place the pieces they need to keep in the lid of their pencil box. The scraps are pushed to the floor until they are all done cutting out. They clean these up once they are all done cutting.
When they are done with their morning work, they can create shape pictures.
This allows me time to take attendance, get lunch orders, notes, and other various morning business taken care of.
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That's all for now... What does your morning work look like?