Category Archives: Morning Work
Our new morning work baskets are still working out really well! The kids love them and they are eager to see what will be in their basket each day. We have 6 different baskets that we are rotating, so it takes 6 days to get through all the baskets. Today, we will be changing out the activities so that the children do not get bored with them. 🙂 I want to make sure we are reviewing current and past skills and that the kiddos are still interested in them.
Here are some pictures of the activities in action:
I just LOVE that they choose to read the books I added to the baskets. 🙂 I made sure they are books that we have shared together. This is how I keep track of who gets what basket the next day. I take a picture of the baskets and know where to rotate them. 🙂 The kiddos don’t seem to mind if they get a basket soon after they have already had it though. 🙂
I got an interesting idea in my inbox this week from my blogging friend Kathleen at Growing Kinders. She had the idea that she wanted to get rid of paper morning work and try something new . She decided that morning baskets were something she wanted to try and gave some examples in her blog post here. I liked her idea almost immediately and started making a list of materials I could include in mine. I really like the morning work I’ve been using–there’s not a thing wrong with it, but I also wanted my kiddos to have experiences reviewing ideas and concepts that we have learned about before–plus it saves paper!! I pitched this idea to my student teacher and we jumped up, yelled “Go Team!” and began raiding the closets.
Here is what we came up with:
Basket #1 contains an ABC puzzle, roll a shape game, books, and an iSpy bag.
Basket #2 contains Brown Bear color cards and letter tiles, books, iSpy bag, and some fun candy corn playing cards
We collected everything from my math and literacy cabinets. I got the pattern cards from Scholastic book orders several years ago, the books are some of our old leveled readers, most of the boxed games came from Marshall’s department store (T.J. Maxx/Home Goods), and I made the iSpy bags last summer. I plan on making more of them soon. 🙂
We tried to put at least one math and one literacy activity in each basket along with some books and an activity that required partner work. Each table of 4 children will share one basket and the baskets will rotate daily.
I told my children that we would try them out to see how it works but that I needed their help to show me that they could be responsible in taking care of the materials. I also mentioned that the children who eat breakfast would need to wait until they were done with breakfast to use the materials so they would not get milk and juice or syrup spilled on them.
What do you think of this idea and what are some other activities you would include? Thanks to Kathleen for this wonderful idea! I was tossing it around in my brain but couldn’t come up with anything, so thanks for bringing this to fruition! I’ll let you know how it goes! 🙂
I thought I’d share a post about the morning work that my kids complete each morning as they come in my room. Danielle Kroger from Kroger’s Kindergarten has been creating the BEST morning work packs each month and I’ve been lucky enough to be using them since November. If I don’t put them out or forget to copy them, my kids let me know…they love them that much.
I like that when Danielle creates them, she makes each morning work pack 4 weeks long with enough literacy and math activities to last me an entire month. I also LOVE them because on Monday, I explain how to complete the work and it’s the same (just different letters and numbers, etc.) for the rest of the week. The second week builds on the skills practiced in the first week, and then the third builds on the second, and the fourth on the third week. They are all tied to the Common Core Standards too, so the teacher in me loves them for that reason! 🙂
Danielle has just posted her Spring Morning Work pack, so head to her Tpt store and check it out! 🙂 Her store is having a Spring Cleaning Sale March 30th and 31st, so be sure to head over and check out her morning work! Also, while you’re there, be sure to check out Danielle’s Spring Emergent Readers–95 pages of spring reading goodness! 🙂