It’s early in the year… You will be together for a LONG time (think car trip to the Grand Canyon). So you want to begin to build your classroom community.
Establishing relationships is always a top priority for me. I want a classroom that takes care of each other’s hearts. For some kindergartners, this will be their first experience interacting with a peer group. Students come to us with a variety of social history, so it is important to set the tone of a strong classroom family.
Classroom Community Read Aloud Books
Here are a few books that I use to spark a conversation.
Part of our Guiding Readers units involves student response pages. Here are a few examples of visualization.
If you have a quiet time in your day (some call it rest time) this might be a great treat for your kiddos.
It starts with you
I love this idea from The Brown Bag Teacher. Notes of praise are not new, but the way she manages it is GENIUS. Please take time looking over her post as well as some of her other posts on behavior. It will be time well spent! I promise!
Centers and Stations
The Recess Queen and Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon are two of the books included in our Guiding Readers unit for August/September.
Deanna Jump and I have created centers to go with these fun books! We have differentiated the centers so they will work for kindergarten and first grade. Perfect for those students in your class who need a little more support or a challenge. You can see these units by clicking HERE.
Click on the picture below to download my lesson plans for the week with hyperlinks to the resources.
Have a fantastic week! I would love to hear your classroom community tips!