Aug 8, 2015
Mine is only ten minutes but the children sign-in on
laminated tent-type name plates (first name is printed at the
top and they can choose to trace or write their name on the
bottom which has lines). When finished they put the
nameplate in a bin and parents use a baby-wipe to clean them
off for the next day. The ones left on the table are the
students who are absent and after a few days I learn which
kids are savvy enough to try reading me the names of the ones
left on the table---I try to pick different kids all the time
and we give them lots of help at first, but it's a real-world
reason to learn everyone's names and they LOVE to be asked to
be the person to do this....some will purposely sit at the
back hoping to be called upon for this. Later in the year
(January) I add sight words on nameplates (just regular ones
not tent-type) and they have to write the sight word and read
it to an adult, then place in the bin.
Once they do that, they are simply to go to our classroom
library and read/look at books. I constantly say, "If you
are in the library, you have a book in your hands and are
looking at books. I also have the luxury of parents who come
and will read to those in the library while I finish up
attendance and lunch counts.
It all takes about ten minutes.
> On 7/27/15, Mary-Ann wrote:
>> I'd be very interested to hear what your students do for
>> first 20-25 minutes of the day. This is the time I
>> typically do attendance, check agendas, plus all the other
>> "stuff" that K kids needs attending to. Would love some
>> easy, low-prep but fun curriculum-based activities that
>> can work on while I'm getting all that administrative
>> out of the way. Thanks in advance!