…a little over halfway through Kindergarten!
Winnie the Pooh features as my class theme/mascot. I was never a huge fan of the Winnie the Pooh stories. However, the theme stuck after a dear colleague, Ruth, many years ago, gave me a pair of Winnie socks that she bought for me. Thanks Ruth!!
The kids love to see their names on display and are always checking to see how many months until their birthday and who is having a birthday. We have also used this information display to graph birthdays in our class. We have used it to name the various colours, count the months, say the months in order, story spelling and of course it keeps me on red alert as to who has a special day coming up. This too was a free download from Sparklebox.
- Everyone must take a turn... every week.
- Children are free to talk about one object of their choice per session or News Talks may be based on the 'question of the week' which is usually theme related. For example, 'What's you favourite Australian Animal?'
- Anyone who is speaking during a presentation loses their turn for that week. Very strict on this rule right from Day 1.
- The presenter may select one question from the audience to answer.
- If someone is experiencing difficulty they may opt for five questions from the audience rather than presenting news. Most Little Learners take this option once in term 1.
- If someone is away they may have their News on the day they return.
If you see or hear something that you want to discourage you simply exclaim, ' Mighty groan! shrug your shoulders, hang your head down and add one tally point below the Frownie on the scoreboard.
It doesn't take long before the children are checking the scoreboard and quietly encouraging each other to do their best to ensure Smiley wins. You need to maintain a difference of no more than 3 tally points between the Smileys and Frownies all day for optimum motivation and give points frequently. 100 points is suggested for the first few weeks.
By the way...there isn't any reward at the end of the day, week, month or ever. Kids just enjoy the challenge. After about a term you can crank it up/refresh it by telling the kids that they are soooo amazingly good that they have moved to the next level. Simply write 'Level 2' on the board above the icons and off you go again. Hilarious...but this genuinely motivates the Little Learners. Theory suggests that they are so used to playing computer games that progressing to the next level is mental reward.
Thanks Tara – very cute
I LOVE gingham!!
Luckily I was able to match a gingham backing paper, from my craft supplies, to each level card before I laminated them. Happy days - the final product looks effective and as I mentioned in a previous post, the Little Learners LOVE the Super Improver Wall.
Check it out here… Super Improver Wall.
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