I really enjoyed learning about your daily wrap up!! I think it is so important that the students take responsibility for what they learn throughout the day! I teach Kindergarten and would love any tips on how to modify an end of the day wrap up for my little ones!
Well, I have never taught kindergarten, but I do know there is a CD put out by Gemini with some fun songs that the kindergarteners might enjoy. One of the songs is called "Bye Bye." http://www.geminichildrensmusic.com/ I might try to incorporate that. Probably a 3 minute clean up song. A 1 minute Bye Bye song (that includes them saying good bye with a handshake or high-5 to their friends). And a 3 minutes get your coat and back pack song.
I find music is a great way to manage kids without sounding like a nag. Within a few weeks of establishing the routine the kids learn exactly when a song is about to end. If you, the teacher, are consistently ready for the next action when the song ends, then they will know to be ready by the last note of the song. Watch a future blog for the ways I use music in my classroom.
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