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An Inside Look at Kindergarten!

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Misha McGuin

on 24 April 2014

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Transcript of An Inside Look at Kindergarten!

What Every Kindergarten Teacher Needs to Know
Chapter 1: Classroom Setup
Chapter 2: Schedules & Routines
Chapter 3: Building Community
Teacher Tone & Demeanor
Chapter 4: Classroom Games, Songs, & Field Trips
Field Trips
The Importance of
Arranging Furniture
Whole Group Circle
Made the space inviting and fun, fun, fun!!!!
Ways to use the circle
Social Studies
Science (Pg. 15)
Work Tables
Classroom Supplies
Request only the supplies that you will be needing
Community Supplies (have parents donate one category of supplies to the class)
List of Supplies: Blocks, Crayons, Modeling Clay, Scissors, and Pencils (Full List pg.21-23)
Tips on Organizing Supplies & Maintaining
(Pg. 24-29)
Classroom Displays
Purposeful Displays
Students' Work Dominate
No Cookie Cutter Displays
Year Long Charts
Current Teaching Tools/Content
Arrange tables for independent, partner, and small group work.
Other Areas of the Classroom (Multifunctional Table Areas, Classroom Library, Active Play area, and Computer area)
• Treat everyone with respect
• Get to know each child
• Demonstrate empathy and compassion with kindergarteners
• Model and positive feedback
• Speak about the class as a whole
• Model greeting skills
• Teach greeting skills
• Book includes great ideas and suggestions for both divided into the time of year! Also provides many ways to teach students to learn names including:
O Display their names
O Name games and songs
O Personalized name tags
O Class books
Getting to Know Each Other
• Has structures for sharing with many circle ideas for teaching sharing divided up into the time of year as well. It also has a section for implementing sharing that you should include the whole year, those include:
o Pop up- students pop up when you say something true about them
o Would you rather?- offer students many choices!
o “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”- adapt the song to things the students may be interested in.
Class Celebrations
• Keep it simple
• Help students have appropriate expectations
• Clearly communicate
• Use parent volunteers wisely
Start Small
Plan for Active Learning
Sufficient Adult Supervision
Assign Students to Small Groups or Pairs
Have Guide Lines & Practice
Be Prepared for Emergencies & Lots of Bathroom Breaks
Classroom Games
Reaching Out to Parents

Introductory Letters
Informal Classroom Visits
Phone Calls and Emails
Formal Open House
A Class Website
Classroom Games
Fosters Cooperation
Tie Games to Lessons
Make it Simple, Fast, & Short
Songs & Chants
Keep Songs Energetic
Relate them to Lessons
Build in Cool Downs
Add Movement (Motions, Gestures, & Yoga)
Scheduling Concepts
Hands-on Learning
Less-structured Time
Short & Engaging Instructional Time
Daily Schedule
Morning Meeting
Shared Reading
Reading Workshop
Writing Workshop
Choice Time or Centers
Social Studies
Lunch & Recess
Quiet/Rest Time
Closing Routine
Teaching Classroom Routines
Use Interactive Modeling
Teach Catchphrases
Use a Script
Keep Expectations High
Also Keep Expectations DAP
Reinforce Success OFTEN!!!
Key Routines to Teach
Responding to Signaling
Visual Signals
Auditory Signals
Student Signals
SOS for Emergencies
Bathroom Routines
Morning Routines
Make sure to have a System in place! (Job Chart, Drawing Names, or Groupings) Pg. 58
Share Information about Child Development
Chapter 5: Communicating with Parents
Involving Parents in Events and Activities
School Day:
Helping with art, science, or other projects
Chaperoning field trips
Having lunch with their child
Photocopying, stapling, cutting, and doing other tasks
Art gallery openings
Math night
Writing night
Reading night or book parties

Read Aloud to Children
Parents need to read to their children at home so that their love for reading grows.
Reading expands vocabulary words.
Patience is key.
This is most important when the child tries to sound out words or find out the meaning of a word they don't know.
Share Child Development Information
Children develop at different rates
Children change as the year progresses
Each child is different in their thinking and perspectives
There are different aspects of development for each child.
Completed By:
Misha McGuin
Rosalinda Ramos
Sarah Thurmon
Shannon Hurley
Linda Martinez
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