Grades

    Re: CA. TK-K classroom organization/no aide
    I feel your pain

    I don't know what a TK-K class is but the fact you have
    27 kids is a challenge in and of itself. I teach full day
    K and few of my students have been to any sort of
    school before so I spend a long time just acclimating
    them to the whole idea of school. We do a lot of
    singing and moving around and I incorporate the
    curriculum into that. Lots of finger plays, games, etc.
    Some of the old stand-by songs by Hap Palmer and
    Jack Hartmann get the kids up and moving and still are
    about counting, letters, colors, shapes, etc. I use
    songs and finger plays to get their attention and to
    settle them down, bring them to the rug, etc. It's a
    slow release (and really slow some years) but it pays to
    spend the time now to establish the routines and
    procedures so that eventually it becomes automatic for
    them.

    On 8/23/14, K. Fair wrote:
    > I have 27 students (7 girls, 20 boys... and about half
    of
    > them are still 4). It is a TK-K class in which the State
    of
    > California expects curriculum to be different for
    these two
    > age groups. I guess I am just looking for some
    > encouragement. We have been in school 5 days and
    have
    > been working on structure and routines. I want to
    start
    > teaching, but am finding it difficult with boys who
    blow on
    > each other, kick, hit, whine, are defiant, and have
    very short
    > attention spans.
    >
    > Anyone else out there with this battle?