• Back to School,  Morning Meeting,  Names

    Getting to Know You Activities

    Meeting new friends and building a classroom community are top priorities at the beginning of school. These getting to know you activities will help your preschoolers learn about one another as they play games and have fun together. As a result, the school year will be off to a great start when your students discover how much we all have in common! The Hello Book I love to use The Hello Book on the first day of preschool! It’s a simple way to help the kids learn who everybody is as you sing and wave hello. Most importantly, it makes each child feel extra, extra special when they realize they’re…

  • Five for Friday,  My Classroom,  Names,  Workshops

    Ooops! It’s Five for Fraturday!

    Like every other teacher I know, my mind and body are going in a dozen different directions! Joining the Five for Friday party a day late but happy I can share a peek at my week! Monday I went to my son’s Curriculum Night.  He’s a high school junior in his third year of French.  As the teacher rattled off information in French, I zoned out a little and simply enjoyed the d├ęcor of the classroom.      It’s officially preplanning so I spent the majority of this week working in my room.  It’s still not done but here’s a small glimpse where we’ll have Morning Meeting. I added some chalkboard themed pieces this…

  • Math,  Morning Meeting,  Names,  Question of the Day

    Question of the Day

    The beginning of a school day can be chaotic but a Question of the Day will give your class structure and purpose.   Part of my classroom management plan is having specific routines and expectations throughout the day.  Arrival is one of those times where you need a good solid routine.  A key component of my arrival time is the Question of the Day.   After kids have put their belongings in the hallway cubbies, they enter the room and go straight to our  Question of the Day  easel.   We actually practice this at our “Meet the Teacher” day before school begins!  It’s part of a scavenger hunt the children do to find their way around the room.  So on…