A “new” way to Morning Message!

I found this great idea to change up my Morning Message a bit.  I wanted to make it more engaging and since we’d been doing the same tasks for awhile now, I thought I needed to find something new.  I came across it on Pintrest and then found this blog (Growing Kinders) that had some great ideas for changing it up!  I liked the ideas and wanted to make sure everyone had a chance “to do” something, so I changed a few things and ended up with this:

and this:

This could be done as the children come in each day, but I like to do this as a shared activity so that I can observe who is having trouble with what skills.  The kids REALLY like it and are having fun with each of the tasks I ask them to do each day.

So far, we’ve worked on these skills:




word families

sight words

fill in the missing words

patterns (letter and shape patterns)


As I shared in a previous post, I have pictures of the children’s faces on large popscicle sticks and have written their names on them as well.  I choose one student each day to be the “stick person”.  They pick two names at a time and those children come up and fill in something on our Morning Message, when they sit back down, two more are chosen.

Let me know if you think of anymore skills we could practice!  I have a few new ones coming up this week, and I’ll be sharing those soon!

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on May 6, 2012, in Morning Messages. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I think I will add number bonds to my morning message “story”. It is something my kids can pick up on, and it give us an opportunity to work with a set in different ways. For instance: There were four little lambs. Two enjoyed clover in the nearby field, while ____ took a nap. How many were taking a nap?_____
    I like making up cute stories for my kids to read, so I thought I’d add that to your wonderful ideas for morning message 🙂


  2. Where do you get your morning messages from?


    • Kristen Poindexter

      Hi Kumu,
      I create them myself. I look at what skills we have been learning about recently (and some from the past) and create a message based on that.
      Kristen 🙂


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