Morning Work Choices in a Discovery Learning Classroom

Monday, 15 April 2019


Looking for a soft start to your school day and engaging morning work ideas that offer exploration and discovery? Here are some simple choices that work well for my kiddos.

Sketching

Create a "sketch tub" with interesting objects that children will enjoy drawing.  Plants, animals, and other objects from nature make great offerings and can connect to a current inquiry.  Provide each child with their own sketch book to use throughout the year.

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Yoga

Cosmic Kids Yoga, found on YouTube, offers free children's yoga classes based on favorite themes including Frozen, Minecraft, Star Wars, and Trolls.  Just project on your interactive whiteboard and enjoy watching children do poses with fun stories and themes.

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Reading

Gather bins of seasonal books for children to enjoy.  Change them out each month to reflect holidays and seasonal happenings.

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Provide books that match students' current interests...

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and books they can read all by themselves.

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My News

Children come to school with many stories to share!  Offer "news writing," where they can draw and write about the big and little events in their life.


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Create a spot where their news can be posted and share with the class during morning meeting!

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Research

Create a bin of materials that relate to your current inquiry and let children use them to find new information. Provide note paper for them to record what they find and invite them to share their learning during morning meeting.

Note paper and ideas for setting up an animal research center are included in each of the Ready, Set, Research resources.


Building

Choose a tub of building toys such as Legos, Knex, or Magnetics for children to create and build structures.  Select a new tub each day to keep the interest and creativity going!

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Chit Chat

Many children have a great need to socialize upon arrival.  Place mats or pillows on the floor to designate spots for them to sit and talk with friends.  Add a "talking stick" to help them practice taking turns while speaking.

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Announcements signal the end of our morning choice time and the beginning of morning meeting, but it's possible to extend the time and use it to pull a small group or work with individual children.

What morning work choices work well in your room? I would love to hear about them!

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