Here I am... a day late! I forgot when I planned last week to blog on Monday that I would in fact be in Halifax watching the greatest hockey team in the NHL (the Ottawa Senators) kick some Toronto Maple Leaf butt. It was a belated birthday present and it was super fun! Go Sens Go!!! If you missed  last week's post , I am doing a little series on my blog all about centres and how I run them in my maternelle classroom.  Last week  I talked about how I launch them in the beginning of the school year. And now, without further ado...here is a post all about how I organize my centres/rotations in a way that allows my students to be completely autonomous... Or as autonomous as possible for a group of 4- and 5-year olds haha! Keeping your centres organized (and keeping your organization consistent) makes life waaaaaaaay easier. It also really helps your students become more independent - I very rarely have to tell my students where to go and what to do...I just show them wher...
Do you use centres in your primary classroom? I LOVE centres! They can be awesome. When you have centres in place that run like a well-oiled machine, you can easily pull small groups of students to work with, while being confident that the rest of your class is engaged and practicing important skills - independently. This helps you ensure that you are teaching your students EXACTLY what they need to know, and you're not wasting their time or your time. Centres can also make differentiation a snap, if you have different "levels" of activities for both centre time and time working with you. I feel like by now, most teachers are aware of how valuable centres and small groups can be. However, centres can be a challenge to implement, especially in maternelle. They take time to teach and prepare, there is sometimes a lack of quality French resources, it can be hard to make sure your students are working responsibly and independently while you pull a small group, and it ...
Happy Sunday! I know that school has probably started for most of you (we started back on the 8th), but I wanted to talk about a super important topic today that is especially pertinent to the beginning of the school year: parent communication . Obviously, it is essential that teachers of all grades communicate with their students' parents, but I believe that this communication is especially precious and especially important in maternelle. Parents of kindergarten students are unique - for many, it is their first time having a school-aged child. For others, even those whose siblings you have previously taught, things may have changed significantly since their older children started school. At this age, you cannot count on your students to inform their parents of goings-on, or of your expectations, so it is important that you communicate clearly. New school-aged parents are often nervous, have no idea what to expect, and may not know about things that are "obvious" to...
I cannot believe how close we are to the first day of school! Such an exciting time of year...but, let's face it, it's also a STRESSFUL time of year. I am actually feeling a little guilty for pausing in my preparations to write this blog post! My to do list is still longer than humanly possible...and time is running out. I figured that some of you may be feeling the pressure as well, and looking for some ideas to help your first few days run smoothly. La maternelle is especially challenging - most of our new munchkins have no idea about school/classroom expectations yet, someone is usually crying most of the morning, and everyone and their supplies are ALL OVER THE PLACE! Kindergarten is always exhausting, but never more than the first few days of school. Read on for some of my tips & tricks for first day planning, as well as a peek at what my first day plans look like! TIP 1: PLAN THE ORDER OF YOUR ACTIVITIES...BUT NOT THE LENGTH We all have schedules with h...