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We watched a couple of videos to help use learn more about community helpers
Lots of our community helpers came to visit us and gave up some tips about being safe.
The police lady talked to us about staying away from strangers.
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We also had lots of fun in our Community Helpers Centers
This year for my centers I have decided to try something different.
Most of my centers are portable and they would get very messy during center time.
The kiddos would have all of their center material spewed all over the floor and although they
were working it drove me crazy! So this year I found some cute pans from the Dollar Store and I
bought 12 pans for the littles to use to help define their space during centers. For all centers that are
not at a table the students use their work pans to hold all of their
crap err center material
Anyhoo on to the centers
Numbers Crossing Center:
The littles worked on counting on
The kiddos grabbed a card and used the pom pom balls to count on.
Mail Drop Center:
Students sorting rhyming words and matched them to the correct mailbox.
Spin and make your own pattern
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writing lessons when I don’t particularly enjoy writing myself. Even though I loathe writing 3 out of
the 4 years I had really strong writers leaving kinder but last year my littles MAJORLY
STRUGGLED through writing.
Since the kiddos are growing the writing skills the journals have gotten a tad harder this week.
I placed a small pocket chart in the journal station and each student built their own stem sentence
using the word cards. This student chose to build his sentence using the word corn.
The kiddos then labeled their picture using the word card for support.
After they label the picture the next step is to glue down and fill in the sentence.
The final step is to have the little build the sentence then write it on their own.
So far I am loving how focused and on task the journal station is this year!
The littles are becoming such great writers
I would love to know your thoughts if you have use the Journaling in K during your centers!
Do you have any suggestions for topics you would like to see?
*** Edited to add***
I have received several nasty emails and comments about how I do my journals
* For clarity I use the journals during my centers. I do do Writer’s Workshop with my littles during
whole group. I created this FREEBIE as a way to give my journal station purpose! If it works for
you great if not then that is fine too. This works in my classroom and I shared for FREE here in
the hopes that it will help other teachers. Yes, journaling should have a degree of free writing but I
want my students to write with purpose and improve their writing skills. In order to be successful
writers students need to go through a writing process which is what the journals are for.
At this point my students are not ready for free writing but they will have an opportunity to free
write in the future when they are better prepared! As the year progresses they will have more
opportunities and freedom to write more and more but at this point I am going to take baby steps
and make sure they have the foundation that they need to write successfully.
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