There's a wonderful new beginning to your child's school day! It's called Morning Meeting and it's a great way to build community, set a positive tone, increase excitement about learning, and improve academic and social skills.
Morning Meeting usually takes between fifteen and thirty minutes. First thing each morning, the children gather in a circle. We begin by greeting each other. Every day, your child hears his or her name spoken by a classmate in a friendly and cheerful manner.
Next, a few students share some interesting news followed by a conversation with the class. This helps students listen carefully, think about what they hear, formulate good questions, and learn about each other. When your child shares, s/he'll have a chance to feel that his/her ideas are valued and that the other children care.
After sharing, there is an activity for the whole class. We might sing or recite a poem or play a math game. The activity time helps the class feel united as a group, reinforces academic skills, and helps the children learn how to cooperate and solve problems.
Finally, we read the news and announcements chart, which helps students think about the day ahead. Sometimes, we will use this time to teach a reading, punctuation, or math skill.
Morning Meeting lets children know every day school is a safe place where everyone's feelings and ideas are important. We'd love to have you visit a Morning Meeting. Just give me a call to arrange a good time. You'll see for yourself why we're all so excited about this start to our day.
For more information on the background and philosophy of Responsive Classroom, please go to www. responsiveclassroom.org