I am thrilled that we are finally back at school! The kiddos were excited to share about all their adventures that happened in the last few weeks. It was special reconnecting with each of them.
With that being said, we also struggled to get back into our usual routine after almost two weeks out of the classroom. We spent a lot of time this week reviewing expectations at the carpet, in the hallway, and during learning centers.
This year, we have spent a lot of time developing classroom routines and expectations that help our classroom run smoothly. Thus far, I am the one monitoring student behavior and addressing needs that come up. However, one of the skills I am trying to help your kiddos learn is how to self-reflect on their own behavior at school. I added a small new routine to the end of our day called STAR time. During this time, each student reflects on their day. We think about these areas (STAR):
S: I use self-control to follow directions even if I don’t want to. (self-control)
T: I try my best to do great work (effort)
A: I show a great attitude when I am helpful and encouraging to myself and others. I never give up. (attitude)
R: I show respect by using kind words and actions. (respect)
We talk about how it’s okay that somedays we won’t have all smiley faces. The most important part is being honest about how each day went. At the end of each week, I have the students think about which area they are most proud of. Then, they get to take home their STAR weekly reflection to show you. Be on the lookout for these coming home on Fridays. They will be a great conversation starter for you to have with your kindergartener. Please keep in mind these are not completed by me and do not reflect my view of their week/day. I am happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about this new reflection process. I attached the PowerPoint that was created to teach the students what each letter of STAR means. This can help you use common language at home.
Other learning this week:
Reading Comprehension: Book- Snakes
How can I help at home?
**Our class goal is to get 100% class participation. If that happens, we can have a special reading party where each kiddo will bring their favorite book from home and a stuffed animal to read with.