I didn't start off the year doing morning work, we just went straight into circle time. With time I noticed that if I wanted to get some solid one-to-one work time with some of them, they worked best first thing in the morning! Once they got the hand of the routine, we barely had to assist our older friends, so now we are able to give some extra attention to our young guys! This time is also great for going over social stories and behavior contingency maps to get a good start to the day.
After my students unpack, they sign-in on the promethean board and then check their schedules. To represent work they do at their desks, we use a yellow "work" card on their schedule that matches the large "seat work" card at their desks.
|Yellow work card|
|Expectations for seat work poster|
We do familiar routine activities for our morning work, so the students can learn to do them independently and these tasks can be added into their workboxes.
Since we complete our morning work at our desks, I keep EVERYTHING needed at my front table to ensure a quick and easy set-up before the students arrive (or sometimes at the end of the day the day before if I'm feeling overly-productive - very rare).
I make all copies in advance so they are always available and I don't have to go running to the copier just to wait in line for 20 minutes on Monday morning.
We keep all hands-on puzzles/fine motor activities in a crate under the table by the desks to place out in the morning. Pieces are kept in small baskets to keep us from having to scatter them all over the desks so we don't end up losing or mixing up pieces!
Morning Work Activities
Older Students: My older students complete Words Their Way sorts and basic skills goal work daily (counting, addition, subtaction, patterns, time, money, etc.). I use activities from my basic skills packs for goal work. I also use activities from my One-to-One Correspondence Pack for my students that are still struggling with counting correctly. I create similar activities in these monthly packs so students don't need as much direction from me once they get the hang of the activity. This promotes independence, which makes this teacher SMILE! :)
Words Their Way: We follow the same weekly routine.
Monday:Pre-test/Cut words out
Tuesday-Thursday: Practice Sorting
Friday: Glue into notebook, Post-test
One-to-One Correspondence Practice:
Here is a preview of March's St. Patty's Day Basic Skills Pack:
Younger Students: A lot of my little guys are working on colors, matching, size, shapes, etc. so their morning work consists of a lot of hands-on activities such as puzzles or matching tasks. We also do binder work using the matching pages from my monthly basic skills packs, as well as the tracing and cutting pages.
Examples from March's Basic Skills Pack:
Turn it in
After students finish their work, they are expected to turn it in, so they can go on to do whatever they were working for (computer, reading center, sensory, playdough, etc.). We have reinforced names and dates since the beginning of the year, and they are rocking this!
For my little guys, we still write their names with a highlighter and help them trace it, but they still get the idea of what they are expected to do.
Next up: Circle Time!