|Posted by Eilis on August 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM|
The kids are back! Well, new kids. (When in doubt that we will ever master walking in line or using the automatic soap dispenser, I just take a peek at last year's class across the hall in kindergarten. It will happen...eventually.)
Anyway, I call this blog "GrowinginPreK" for a reason. I'm not just referring to the amazing growth of four-year-olds over the course of ten months. I am also trying to grow as a teacher every day.
The Literacy Beginnings books study made me want to "share the pen" with my young students this year. We all get stuck in ruts. One of my ruts was thinking that at least I was doing shared writing with my young students. I was showing them how it was done, wasn't I? So, I determined to give them opportunities to write during circle time this year. Even so, I didn't expect it to happen this quickly! On our second day of school, I introduced the big math journal.
Just as last year, I had the kids spell their names to me and show me which number to list them under (how many letters in our names.) Today, day three, I started to do the same thing with how many boys/girls are in our class. One little boy asked me, "why do you always have us tell you how to spell it?" I realized he was right. I started over and had the kids come up and write their own names. Only one needed my help with the letter "r." They loved it. Wow. This is going to be a great year.