To battle this, we do a lot of "room exploration" the first week of school. My students think it's play time, but really:
1. They are learning how to use all of the materials in the classroom
2. I am assessing what they can and can't do
3. I'm getting a look at how they interact with others
Isn't that sneaky of me to add such productive things to playtime??
Anyway, I start exploring time by putting a different tub of math manipulatives on each table. Students had about 7 minutes to
I also did rotations with color word activities. We read books like Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes and talked about the color words. Then we had 3 stations:
Group 1 had a choice: Write their color words on the white board or use cards to spell color words. I was amazed at how well the majority of my students could form their letters!
Group 2 used playdoh letters to spell color words. The cards are from KinderKids'fantastic Brown Bear, Brown Bear Unit on TPT.
Group 3 used magnet letters to spell their color words. This really gave me insight into who could recognize letters and realize that letters are used to make words. I also meant to get the wikki sticks out for them to use, but I forgot. Oops! That will be an adventure for another day.
All and all, the room exploring was a big hit! Now it's time to walk my poor dog who must be wondering why she's all alone during the day now. Poor baby!