Inch-by-Inch, School is a Cinch!
Ease into the school year with this insightful idea by John, a 4nd Grade Teacher in Bloomington, MN.
In an attempt to help my children ease into the school year, I used to plan a lot of fun “getting to know you” games and activities for those first couple of weeks back. But over time, I noticed that planning too many of these light and fun activities served to make the students jumpy, plus they weren’t effective in setting the stage for the year to come.
Now, when I plan my first two weeks of school, in addition to the fun activities and the classroom routines, I introduce one new academic subject per day. With this measured approach, my children have fun while easing their way into the academic portion of our program. Within two weeks time, we are well on our way to a great year.
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This article was part of the August 2010 Classroom Connection Newsletter. Check out the other articles from this edition: