This post originally appeared on the blog Mrs. Jones’s Class.
Never underestimate the importance of teaching routines. In every classroom and every grade level… but ESPECIALLY in Kindergarten. And in Kindergarten, we teach them, model them, practice them, talk about them for, oh… 180 days (give or take a few) and just when you think they have it….. BAM! Nope, back to the drawing board and you teach, model, and practice them again.
A few years ago, I was moved to Kindergarten after teaching in intermediate for eight years. And let me tell you: I TOTALLY did not prepare myself for teaching all of these things… I remember thinking, “Don’t they know how to get A paper towel (i.e. not 500) when they wash their hands?” NOPE. You’ve got to teach them!
And so… I made this list of all of the routines and procedures that I teach my Kinders every year.
This list could also work just fine for 1st graders too (because we know they forget over that long summer break!)!
I put the list on a clipboard, and highlight them as I go.
I hope you find it useful in your Back to School Planning!
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Enjoy your summer, teachers!
Karen Jones is an educator and curriculum author from Buffalo, NY. She holds a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education and is certified in both Elementary Education and Special Education. She has taught for 12 years in Kindergarten, 5th grade, and as a Math Specialist for K-5. Karen has a passion for creating high-quality, developmentally appropriate resources for primary educators. You can follow her on TpT, her blog Mrs. Jones’s Class, Facebook and on Pinterest.