"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wow! It's been over a week since my last post! I'm trying to get back in the swing of things as far as school stuff goes since we had Spring Break last week. I didn't go out to my classroom once during the week...can you believe it?? I used Spring Break to clear my head and gear up for this last 9 weeks of school. Sunday night (of course the best ideas come at the last possible minute, right?) I stumbled upon the idea of a morning message on Deanna Jump's blog. I had always hear teachers talking about morning messages, but never really paid that much attention to it. But for some reason, I started reading about Mrs. Jump's and saw that she had posted an adorable pic of the message. She calls her's "Chit Chat". This seemed like a good idea to me, so I decided to use it as a jumpstart for the question of the day that always starts reading. We call ours "Morning Chatter" I have had my kids do this all week. They get their journals out as soon as they unpack and begin writing the answer to the daily question. At the beginning of reading, we take turns sharing our answers. I love this since it combines the oral language/ question of the day part of the reading lesson with writing skills. The kids are lovin' it too! Here's what mine looks like: (sorry for the blurry pic...forgot my camera, so I used my iphone:) )
Do any of you do a morning message? I'm thinking about starting one for only math to do at the beginning of our math lessons. I'd love to have your ideas!