It's almost that time! Time for classrooms to be filled with littles full of sweet laughter and excitement. As many teachers are busy prepping for back to school, we wanted to share a couple of ideas and insight.
A great way to start the new school year is to involve students in making the classroom rules. This helps create ownership while also having a voice in their own learning environment. We love this super cute example of the classroom rules posted around a heart with the smiling faces that fill the classroom. This is a creative way to exhibit the classroom rules daily without a negative connotation.
Teachers often enjoy starting the year with a writing prompt of, "Write about something fun or interesting you did over the summer." A caution for this writing prompt is that some of your students may not have had an opportunity to experience anything fun or exciting this summer. A fun twist on this prompt to ensure equity of voice would be to write about what they want to achieve this school year and to create an actionable goal plan.
Another super fun activity is to create peace jars filled with affirmations to place on the peace shelf. Students can choose an affirmation throughout the week when they need a little encouragement. Be sure to use a day of the week to fill the jars with more affirmations as needed.
Here's a super cute link to a freebie for the classroom affirmation jars:
Share with us! What are some fun and creative ways you welcome your sweet angels at the start of the new school year?
Stephanie Stephens and Holly Fitzharris are both Montessori educators- collectively with over 30 years of experience in education.