Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Guest Blogger-Elizabeth from Kickin' it in Kindergarten

I love visitng other blogs! I'm so glad that Kimberly Ann reached out to me to guest blog for her while she is soakin' up some rays in Mexico! We all need a little R&R before it's time to head back to school. If you don't know me, this is Elizabeth from Kickin' it in Kindergarten. Kimberly Ann and I have become bloggy buds since I started blogging and she is just the best! 


When she asked me to guest blog, I thought about everything that I do going back to school. The biggest and (I think) the most important part of early Kindergarten is getting those little friends trained right! 

I know you know what I'm talking about...

It's utter chaos for the first few days. I am going to start writing to my August self from my April self for reassurance that it will get better. You just feel like a crazy person when they all get to your room untamed like tiny little crazy people. 
Last year was insane. I had kids running away, crawling on the floor, crying, peeing in pants...I still have nightmares (it got way better like it always does). 

Here is a book I like to read at the beginning of the year when we talk about our rules.
Have you read this one? I also like to use the language that is in the book about "today was a difficult today and tomorrow will be better."



Here is a reader response page you can complete after you read a book about rules. I didn't include, a "We Read" because possibly you have a better book that you like to read to introduce your classroom rules! I would love more suggestions and ideas.


Since it's the beginning of the year, I try not to stress them out with writing anything down. If they can illustrate it and explain what rule they illustrated, then I am happy. 

Maybe you have a class this year that needs to do this for each rule. I like to brainstorm different ideas with them of what following each rule looks like. I try not to focus on what it doesn't look like. Take the focus off the negative :)

What are your rules?
How do you ensure that you set clear expectations for your students?
I'd love to hear more ideas! 

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