We screened and met our new kinders last week. Next week, we'll have parent night and some 1/2 days and then we are off and running full time! I must admit, I'm a little more excited than usual about the year. I've spent alot of time over the summer, painting and sprucing up our school and my room. I've also spent alot time preparing materials for the upcoming year. My school is going to be a "Leader in Me" school and I'm thrilled about all the possibilities. I'll take some pictures around school and share those with you soon. It's incredible what has happened in a short amount of time.
I also only have 17 kiddos on my roster! WOWZERS! Can you imagine all I will be able to accomplish? That's only 170 fingers versus the usual 200-220!
One thing I'm going to "pilot" this year is the Math Tool Box. For reading, I follow the Daily 5 format. Last year, I went to some PD on the importance of math facts/fluency. So I'm going to set my math up like reading even more than ever. I've devised a math tool box for each child. Every day, they will get their math tool box and practice math facts and fluency. I'm going to give the independent time (Math to Self - working on a catchy name because this needs help!) and then we'll do partner math. Just like with Read to Self, there will be lots of discussion and modeling of the things we do/don't do during this time. I will also do a stamina chart that I will share soon. Here's a peek at some of the tools that will be included:
I will continue to add so stay tuned...
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