I would like to share our classroom management / behavior plan. We have 5 simple rules - 1) Raise your hand and wait to be called on; 2) Follow directions; 3) Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself; 4) Be nice or be quiet!; and 5) Clean up when you are done. We stress to the children "You are RESPONSIBLE for you!". In keeping with that concept, children will move their own clips on the behavior chart when rules are broken.
Most infractions will get a verbal warning first; then if the problem continues, the child will be asked to move their clip. The first two moves in a day are warning moves. The next move means no stamp for the day. The fourth move in one day will need a call home. If the child needs yet another clip move, he/she will be sent to the office (or another classroom) for time out.
We celebrate those children on green for the week each Friday. They receive a certificate, a small prize, and a reward recess.
We are fortunate to have a progressive literature based computer program for our students. Along with computer time each day, the children will enjoy several types of books of a featured story each week. The types include class use of a big book, small pupil books for hands on use, and often a paper (black line) book to take home on the last day of the week!
On the computer children get a chance to read any story of the 56 titles that they choose! They can also 'paint' pictures. Most importantly the program provides guided lessons to further each child's knowledge of letters, sounds, words, and sentences. The lessons are progressed at each child's own rate based on their success on previous lessons. I will monitor the children's progress both in reports and by viewing the children in action at the computers.
In our classroom we are trying to foster a sense of community and that within a community, if each person does his/her best we all will succeed! (You are RESPONSIBLE for you!)
In working toward that sense of community, we are trying to keep community supplies. Pencils, scissors, and glue will be shared by all. Pencils are stored in the corner of our crayon bins (which are on tables at all times). Scissors and glue are kept in separate bins that are only on tables when needed. Crayons are the only supply item that we have kept to private ownership. This fosters responsibility for ones own things. Each child has a baggy with the basic eight colors and white. Each crayon has the child's initials in it to help return lost crayons. Extra supplies are currently being stored in the room.
I am a firm believer in the concept of stations. They allow both Ms. Lindsay and I the opportunity to work with each child in a small group (5 or less!) every day. Stations allow for individualizing instruction and monitoring each child's success. Along with the two teacher directed stations everyday, students go to a socialization station to develop their interpersonal skills. There is also an independent work station (usually a worksheet to reinforce our themes, words, letters, or sounds). This independent work station helps prepare the children for the independent work styles in first grade while supporting our instruction. Children go to all four stations every day! It is exciting!!
Take-Home & Return Books
Beginning soon - each day your child will bring home a special book in a baggie with a note. This book is for you to read together that night, sign the signature sheet ONE time, and return the next day (baggie, note, and all!) Upon returning the book package, your child will receive a new package to take home the next night. (If the package is not returned, no new one will be sent until the previous one is returned!) Return them EVEN IF you did not get to read them.
They are kept in numerical order! Your child will not get a book if they did not bring their bookbag. We want to ensure the book gets home. We will not send home books on the last day of each week, as a breakthrough book will be sent home to keep. We have discussed proper care of these books. Loss or damage of the book will result in the parent being charged for replacement. Please DO NOT place any other items in these baggies. They are for take home books and their papers ONLY!
Kindergarten Supply List
Backpack - large, regular size (please no rolling type)
1 ream white copier paper
1 pkg. wide dry erase markers
4 boxes crayons - 16 count in true basic colors; Crayola is best
2 glue - white, regular size Elmer's glue
(no paste, glue sticks or colored glue)
scissors - comfortable hand-grip; children's Fiskars-type is best
pencils - at least 12 yellow #2's with erasers
tissue - 2 regular size boxes
water colors - Crayola if possible
coffee filters - used to hold snack
Last name A-R - 1 box gallon zip-lock baggies
Last name S-Z - 1 box sandwich size zip-lock baggies
**No Markers, Colored Pencils, Notebook paper, or Folders
Supplies (EXCEPT PENCILS), Lunch Boxes, Backpacks, and Jackets need to be labeled with your child's name. We would appreciate your help on this task more than you can possibly imagine!