My board! I found the rules and the helper chart on the internet awhile ago, so I don’t remember who they are by- they are adorable and they were free. I ran out of laminate for the rules, so I’m not thrilled with the curling edges, but I love that they are so simple. I’m not into have a ton of rules. Being kind, listening and helping are all encompassing! The helper chart I found the titles for and the owl cut outs were from Walmart. A little ribbon, some velcro and I have a cute chart. The kids love that they can look at the pictures for a clue and know their jobs. I rotate them every week.
Interactive Notebook ideas
This is a great freebie from TpT with ideas on interactive notebooks! I teach prek, so we’re not quite here, but I do use foldables and the kids love cut and paste. I may look into incorporating some of these ideas after the first of the year!
Some great tips on the first day of kindergarten!
Love this list of 7 easy things that will help make a first day of school great for everyone! I’m a big fan of name tags…it might take a day (or two) to get everyone straight, especially if you’ve got an Emma B and and Emma L as well as a few Noah’s! I love the idea of sending a note home to parents! The power of positive praise is amazing, and I love to be able to start off with a positive interaction with parents.
from: Mercedes Corretge @mcorretge
Correct pencil grip idea!
It can be tricky to have children hold a pencil correctly, and this is a super cute idea! I’ve always used “pinch it and give it a hug” but this seems like an easier way to explain it. And there’s a link to a little video to help!
Advice for new teachers! So, I’m not totally new to teaching, but I will be in a new school building with new students and teachers, and I’m going to have a lot of learning to do. I thought this blog post had a ton of great advice!
What not to do on the first day of school!
This is a great little article! And I agree with it 100%. Preschoolers especially are often coming to their first day of school ever in their little lives, and we as the teacher need to help guide them to be successful. It can be scary and overwhelming! I believe they need my guidance on classroom procedures and learning the ropes of being with other children and following directions and rules they might not have at home.
Formative Assessment Strategy Cards!
A great resource for ways to assess students in the classroom! I thought it was a nice, organized way to check for understanding, instead of just the usual. We can all use new ideas!
Preschool math activities!
I admit, I struggle with math because it was hard for me. But math is more than addition or division! This link has a lot of great ideas for measurement, sorting and classifying, identifying shapes as well as songs and books that focus on math skills. They are focused for preschool, but could be easily adapted for older children.
Ten Black Dots is one of my favorites and there are so many ways to extend learning, not just in math.
Ideas for Morning Meetings
I love Morning Meetings. It’s a great way to start the day, and they can be tweaked to fit any classroom. I have always done a circle time with my preschoolers where we talk about what we will be doing during the day, go over concepts we might have learned the day before and will be adding on to today, read a story, sing some songs and just have a nice time together.