Re: Gifted and Talented Kindergarten

    I teach in Ontario, Canada, where we were challenged a few
    years ago to rethink the purpose of 'calendar time' and
    whether it is really necessary. As we went forward in
    inquiry based learning, my teaching partner and I decided to
    not post our calendar in our first year of full-day
    Kindergarten. I think it's the best thing I ever did! We
    are able to engage in so much more meaningful and purposeful
    conversations with the children during morning meetings. We
    still have a calendar, but on a much smaller scale. At the
    beginning of each month, we invite a small group to help
    create the calendar for that month on Bristol board. We write
    the numbers together and post important days (e.g.,
    birthdays, holidays, pizza day) using sticky notes. This
    gets posted at children's eye level and used as a reference.
    Someone makes sure to move the 'today' label each day ahead
    to the current day.

    On 8/16/16, Flacka wrote:
    > I have been wracking my brain for the name of the teacher
    > who created a great calendar notebook that I used -
    > Jessica Meacham. She used to teach K and has created some
    > awesome resources. Google her name and I'm sure you will
    > find some things you can use or adapt so you don't have to
    > re-invent the wheel!
    > On 8/15/16, smithe147 wrote:
    >> Great ideas. You're right, open-ended is best for them. I
    >> will try some of these ideas. Might make a booklet up for
    >> them. Some of the others students might like to lead the
    >> class during Morning routine. Thank you both!
    >> On 8/14/16, Flacka wrote:
    >>> They can do the same thing, only as Emeril says, "kick
    >>> it up a notch". Have them keep a calendar notebook -
    >>> give them a blank or mostly blank calendar and fill in
    >>> the numbers for the month.
    >> If
    >>> they can read, have them fill out a daily question - how
    >>> many Fridays are in the month, if today is (date) how
    >>> many more days until (date, holiday, etc), how many
    >>> school days this month,
    >> etc.
    >>> Have them keep a graph of the weather and answer
    >>> questions about the graph. If you have a para, he/she
    >>> can lead this group or can lead the whole group and you
    >>> work with these kids. Give these kids more open ended
    >>> ways to cover the same topics so that they have to think
    >>> and problem-solve for the answers.
    >>> On 8/13/16, Myrna wrote:
    >>>> On 8/13/16, smithe147 wrote:
    >>>>> Hi everyone,
    >>>>> Just wondering if anyone has some advice on how to
    >>>>> stimulate potential Gifted and Talented students in
    >>>>> Kindergarten? They are fidgety and showing signs of
    >>>>> boredom during routine tasks such as morning routine,
    >>>>> where we talk about yesterday, today, tomorrow, and do
    >>>>> some counting, blending, talk about the weather etc. I
    >>>> know
    >>>>> they are not challenged in some lessons like these.
    >>>>> Does anyone have some ideas for how to cater for their
    >>>> needs?
    >>>>> TIA
    >>>> Have you considered assigning special roles, such as
    >>>> calendar person, morning message helper. I have taught
    >>>> preschool for many years and I allowed my brighter
    >>>> students to write part of the the morning message, lead
    >>>> a portion of calendar time, etc. Eventually, other
    >>>> students were eager to participate and get a chance...
    >>>> This motivated my students who were reluctant to write
    >>>> or pay attention during morning meeting.