It has been a crazy week helping my little class learn procedures. I have always said the first week of first grade is a bit like having a baby. It is painful, and in that moment, I am pretty sure I won't ever do it again. But, as the year goes on they are really cute...and I get to see so much growth...so by the time the next year comes around I have practically forgotten the painful parts, and I can't wait to do it again:)
I was determined to simplify one of the "painful" procedures. When we line up for lunch the kiddos need to be in alphabetical order by last name. It never fails that the minute I get them in line one of them has to get out of line to get something...or do something...or they just forget they are supposed to be standing in a line...you know how it goes the first week of first grade;)
In the past I have written their names on a piece of tape stuck to the carpet. This year tape on the carpet has been outlawed, so I had to get a little more creative. I whipped up these cute little name tags and applied the hook side of Velcro to the back.
Then I laid them on the carpet (the carpet acts as the loop side of the Velcro) in alphabetical order.
Now my little sweeties can line up lickety-split. Even if they get out of line they can find their way back! Yay!!! Next we tackled walking in the hall:)
I used these adorable graphics from Melonheadz to create signs to remind them of the behaviors I expect when we are walking in the hall.
One and two are pretty self explanatory, but three simply refers to the third floor tile from the wall. If they are walking in the third tile, they are in a nice straight line, they aren't touching any of the artwork hanging in the halls, and it keeps them on one side of the hall. We have seven (yup seven) first grade classes. Keeping the third tile rule allows us to move a lot of little kidlets down the hall with minimum noise and disruption to other classrooms. When we are out in the hall I simply hold up one, two, or three fingers to remind them of the rules.