It seems obvious, but taking the time to help your student navigate their new environment with less anxiety, more independence, and with respect for rules and procedures is very important.
I created this mini-reader to complement my “Welcome to Kindergarten” unit.
Each page has simple text about an area of campus that your students will visit including: the playground, the nurse’s office, the cafeteria, special area classes, and more.
I’m hoping to complete a series of book relating to the rules and procedures for each area of campus as well. This way we can color and draw in our reader as we learn about our school and practice routines.
I hope you also find this mini-reader to be a helpful teaching tool for you and your classroom. I know I need all the resources that I can get to help me teach effectively during the first weeks!
In kindergarten, we learn to navigate friendships and our community of learners with independence, kindness, and empathy.
Tattling is a common dilemma in kindergarten as students are developing their sense of what is fair and just and looking for adult assistance to navigate and understand their world.
It is important to differentiate a tattle from a report with your little ones. Tattling is often about an inflexible sense of rules, attention, and power, whereas reporting is about safety and concern for others.
This little student reader is about handling difficult, bothersome behavior with strategies that promote independence, a healthy sense of self, and personal power.
The pages contain images of situations where tattles often arise, like turn taking and hurtful words, and then gives a concrete strategy of how to handle these situations: walk away, say please stop, just ignore, and finally ask for help.
It is to be used in conjunction with other discussions about the difference between a tattle and a report, when it is important to seek out help from an adult and how to do so.
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