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An Inside Look at Kindergarten!
Transcript of An Inside Look at Kindergarten!
Chapter 1: Classroom Setup
Chapter 2: Schedules & Routines
Chapter 3: Building Community
Teacher Tone & Demeanor
Chapter 4: Classroom Games, Songs, & Field Trips
The Importance of
Whole Group Circle
Made the space inviting and fun, fun, fun!!!!
Ways to use the circle
Science (Pg. 15)
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
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.
• Keep it simple
• Help students have appropriate expectations
• Clearly communicate
• Use parent volunteers wisely
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
Reaching Out to Parents
Informal Classroom Visits
Phone Calls and Emails
Formal Open House
A Class Website
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)
Short & Engaging Instructional Time
Choice Time or Centers
Lunch & Recess
Teaching Classroom Routines
Use Interactive Modeling
Use a Script
Keep Expectations High
Also Keep Expectations DAP
Reinforce Success OFTEN!!!
Key Routines to Teach
Responding to Signaling
SOS for Emergencies
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
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
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.