SOLSC: School Beginnings

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School’s back in session. I can’t believe it’s been a week already. Seen all the classes with two back to back kinder classes at the end of the day today.

Oh. My. Word. I forget what babies they are and how overwhelming it must be for those little kinders. Guiding the to sit criss-cross in rows, being quiet during the story, and learning to twiddle their thumbs.

Yes, I teach them that. It is something I have done all my life. It keeps me calm. While I don’t have proof, I do believe it activates of sides of the brain and it definitely lessen the need for a fidget toy.

The first of school is all about the new year, new hope, and promise of great things. There’s so much planning to do and a schedule to remember.

Plus getting back into the routines. This year I am attempting to turn off the television by nine to read and go to sleep earlier.

Two Writing Teachers are sharing slices HERE.

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2 Responses to SOLSC: School Beginnings

  1. Amy Rudd says:

    Kindergarteners do need a lot of routine teaching…I read Ruth Ayers post about teaching routines
    http://www.ruthayreswrites.com/2013/09/dont-let-establishing-routines.html “readers and writers shouldn’t be sacrificed in the name of establishing routines and procedures” -we just have to find the right balance. Thanks for being a Kindergarten teacher, it’s not a job for the faint of heart!

  2. Linda Baie says:

    I’ve never heard of the twiddling the thumbs, but I can see it might work. I used to have my students sketch while they listened to the read aloud if they wished. They liked doing it, & I think it was calming (middle school). They are little aren’t they? I’ve seen some of the new ones in our school-as you wrote – oh my!

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