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
usually takes between fifteen and thirty minutes. First thing each
morning, the children and I 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.
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
Sometimes, we'll have an "agenda"
where students can sign up to discuss problems they might be having or
anything that they might need advise on. In this instance, they'll
explain the problem to the class and the students will give them advise
on how to solve the issue. If two children are not getting along and
they've tried a few conflict/resolution tactics which are not working
for them, this can also be brought up at the morning meeting.
Other times, we'll do "chair yoga"
which will relax children and prepare them mentally for the day ahead!
lets children know every day that school is a safe place where
everyone's feelings and ideas are important. Iím looking forward to a
If you're interested in seeing the types
of activities we do at Morning Meeting, click below!