NWR: Early Ed Teacher Bees or Bees with early childhood experience, HELP!!

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Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

When you write K-2, it makes me think you mean Kindergarten THROUGH second grade.  Are you using K-2 as an abbreviation for Kindergarten?  

If so, why not ask the other K teachers in your building?  I think a lot of what you have been doing you can adjust and do for the younger kids.  Will you have full or half day classes?  What kind of demographics does your district have?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
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coffeedrinker:  oh good luck! I don’t envy you! I would probably start with circle time and names. Then a game of “who can” (who can hop on one foot? Who can  do 19 jumping jacks?) To get the wiggles out, then rules. You can always do story time and songs.

It’ll be rough, but kindergarteners are great.  For transitions,we always used a bell. The first bell was a 2 minute warning,  second bell was the clean up bell. The third bell was a get to your seat bell. We got to switch bell ringers every day (am and pm), which the kids loved.

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Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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coffeedrinker:  What state are you in?  I’ve never seen that system before, but I went to school in NH and work in PA, so it’s not like I’m familiar with every single one.  

I think you should reach out to the brand new teachers.  Collaboration being best practice and all!  I’m surprised your kids will be in school that long…are you at a charter school?  Will they get nap time??  Does your school have a curriculum to follow for Kindergarten, or are you expected to create your own based on the state standards?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

You never taught kindergarteners so I’m not sure why you are being thrown into the mix. the young ones have to learn sometime.

Do you have a contract? Does it say that your teaching assignments can be changed on a whim? Do you have union reps? They were short a teacher so they should have HIRED another one. Or rather, they did hire three others, so what’s the problem?

You’re taking it better than I would.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 I am a speech therapist in an inner city school with a large ELL population and service prek-4th grade kids. Definitely spend a lot of time working on classroom and school routines. A lot of the kids probably are learning about classroom structure and routines for the first time so they need to be explicitly taught and repeated.

I know the K teachers in my school did a lot of coloring and basic concepts (intro to colors/letters). They have a “morning message written each day that is like a little letter and they spend time reading it and talking about it. Then calendar time where they talk about the season, month, day, year, weather, etc. they have visual schedules as well.

The first week they did a lot of get to know you and listening games. One of them was when the teacher would say “I like ice cream/baseball/winter” and if the students agrees they would chorally respond “me too!” And if they didn’t agree they would say anything. It worked on their listening and following directions. 

A lot of stories were read the first week too! Sorry I don’t have more specific things.. But those are just some of the things I observed!

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
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Centers are great for kindergarteners! We actually use them up to first grade.

Instead of writing in a journal, I’d suggest having kindergarten kids draw pictures as a form of journal, E.g. “What did you do during summer?” Then write for them what their picture is. Encourage them to write the letters of their picture that they know already. 

Getting to know you activities are also great the first week or so and kindergarteners love lots of music throughout the day. It encourages creativity and gets the energy out when they move to music. 

Good luck. 

Post # 11
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Wannabee

coffeedrinker:  Do you have any Responsive Classroom books? Try the morning meeting activities and energizers (you can also find a bunch on their website if you don’t have the books).  I spend the first few weeks modeling how to do every little thing. Do not assume they know how to do anything! Create simple projects to demonstrate and practice how to use a pencil, how to use scissors, gluesticks, etc. Model and practice how to look at a book, how to get in line, how to use a tissue….basically everything you can think of that they will encounter during the day.

Post # 12
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Worker bee

Love SDinSD’s ideas!

Another idea I have is to choose beginning school books (Chrysanthemum, Mrs. Bindergarten goes to Kindergarten, No David!) and create projects based on those books.  There’s a ton of ideas on Pinterest! 

Side note:  I’m really not sure how I came up with anything before Pinterest…

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I’m not an early education teacher but I am a parent of a brand new K student.

Their days look a little like this:

They start every morning with the pledge and then there they have center time. There is a kitchen for creative play, an area for “green book” which is a handwriting book, a snack center, a math center that has a lot of basic addition and subtraction activities that are usually set in the format of story problems, a science center that they are currently focusing on nature and the science behind why the leaves change etc (it’s early fall where I am from), a center for “purple book” which is an intro to phonics and early reading skills. They spend about 20/30 min in their centers for the morning. Then they have lunch in the lunch room and a 20 min recess. When they come back they have a quiet rest time for 20 min and then a special class. Those include music, art, PE and library. When they return from their special class they have reading time on the carpet and then they call it sharing is caring. Basically they highlight one student per day.  The teacher sent home a poster sized about me worksheet. It has an area for their favorite activity, who is in their family, their favorite book, their favorite color, what they want to be when they grow up.  My DS has come home everyday and can tell me something about the star student of the day. I think that this has been huge for him because he’s learned who has a peanut allergy, why one of the little girls wears her hearing helpers as she calls them, why another boy has an aid that is with him all of the time and who has a family like his and who has a family that is different. 

 

Good luck, you are a saint, I could never do your job!

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