Woohoo! We're finally having our meet up!
Speaking of meetups. Greg over at Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten calls his whole group area the "monster pit" to go along with his monster theme - I love it! I am totally stealing that name for our carpet area this year! By the way, totally love his blog - it's always nice to have a male persepctive on things! You should definitely head over and say hi!
At this point I have to give a shout out to one of my favorite teachers at my school, Mr. Thompson. He teaches 2nd grade and has had both of my older sons. He is fabulous! He challenged my gifted oldest and fostered his independence and leadership attributes. He also managed to bring my middle son from remedial reading and math all the way to advanced! My hat is definitely off to him and I wish there were more male teachers around - sometimes they just have that special way of looking at things or interacting with the kids that can make a world of difference!
Alright, thinking about the carpet area and meeting up naturally made me think about lining up - maybe because my carpet area is right by our hallway door. Anyways, I started thinking about line up songs/chants. I have quite a few that I've learned from colleagues, students and the internet. I compiled all of them into a freebie today, there are 13 different lining up songs in all! I cut all of mine out, laminated them and will put them on a ring near my hallway door. What I find is that singing the song while lining up naturally cuts down on chatter, plus it's a reminder to keep their hands to themselves etc. I like having lots of different songs to choose from so that they stay fresh - if you just sing one or two after a while they loose their effectiveness and some students are bound to try to talk over the song etc. Click a picture to grab them for free in my TPT store. As always, I'd love it if you'd Rustle Up a Response - either here or at TPT :)