Re: Gifted and Talented Kindergarten

    Thank you I will look up Jessica Meacham.

    The whole class creation of the calendar is a great idea too!

    On 8/20/16, Valerie wrote:
    > 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
    > 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
    >>>>>> where we talk about yesterday, today, tomorrow, and
    >>>>>> 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.