Welcome back to school! Things are now in full swing again and I’ve just completed my first week of school. Now that I’ve gotten semi-ready for this next school year I can finally sit down on my computer and blog! I’ve been wanting to share all of the things that I’ve been working on for the past few weeks hoping I’d have some free time but with over 25 kids to prepare for, I’ve had my hands full.
Every year I forget how much energy it takes to get a smooth running classroom. The students are starting to understand my routines and procedures. Over the years I’ve learned that you need procedures for EVERYTHING. Even small things like where to put the cap of their markers when it is in use or how to have a quiet transition from a standing position to and sitting position. Oh and you should always explain why you have that particular procedure in place. Try not to overlook anything and model, model, model. In fact, today I had to show my kids how to sit properly in their seats because some of them made themselves at home and propped their feet up on their desks.
Anyway, I wanted to share with all of you my morning routine poster. All you have to do is print, glue the two pages together, and laminate them for durability
Here’s my Morning Routine Procedures when they enter the classroom:
1. Take your chair down.
2. Hang your backpack.
3. Put on your nametag.
4. Turn in your homework.
5. Sharpen you pencils.
6. Use the bathroom.
7. Morning work.
Click here to download this poster.
I also wanted to update you on my word wall. Here’s a picture of what it looks like on my bulletin board.
Click here to get my word wall alphabet cards.
I glued my alphabet word wall cards onto cardstock and laminated them for durability. I then placed small pieces of Velcro under each alphabet. I laminated blank strips of white paper so that whenever I want to add a word to my word wall I can use a wet erase marker to write the word and easily post them up. I place my word wall fairly low to the ground so that it is accessible to all of my students. It allows the word wall to be interactive. Students can come up to the bulletin board and grab the word they need, then easily place it back on for others to use.