Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rituals and Routines: Settling in - in First Grade


Oh, how we love to loop! Having our kindergarten students come back as first graders is wonderful. After a short refresher course on the rituals and routines of the classroom, they are back, ready for the learning and challenges of first grade. They know that they start each morning reading books out in the hall. They unload their folders while they are out there. When the bell rings, the children come in and go right to their cubbies to deposit their belongings. Their morning work is waiting for them at their tables. This quarter the morning work is handwriting practice. Letter formation is modeled for them and they practice in their handwriting journals. After the pledge and morning announcements, the students are brought to the floor with a song. Our class promise (which we will share next time) is said and then we promptly start Skills Block. This is where they learn about capitals, punctuation, word families, sight words, vowels, and practice with skill games. It was a great first week in Hog Heaven and can not wait to make more memories!

3 comments:

Lourdes said...

CCE has WOWed more than just the kids. They have WOWed me as well, with the wonderful experience of looping. It's great! I love the benefit of learning from day 1. Andrew was already sharing his science lesson, using words like matter, solids, liquids, and gases.
He even shared some math facts with us.

Suzanne said...

Looping puts me in Hog Heaven, too! It erases the first day jitters and has kids thinking about reuniting with their classmates all summer. Looping has been a lifesaver in my household!

Suzanne said...

Looping puts me in Hog Heaven, too! It erases the first day jitters and has kids thinking about reuniting with their classmates all summer. Looping has been a lifesaver in my household!