Strong morning routines = the basis for the day! Anyone else ever
1. Greet EVERY child
This is seriously a non- negotiable! Stand at the door & greet each child when they come in. Listen to their stories, smile at them and say their NAME! One year I had a student say, “Mrs. Wasik, I love how you say good morning and goodbye to everyone each d
2. Give them CHOICE
Choice. That can be a scary word, especially in the morning when the energy level of your students is unpredictable. But, can you honestly say that you go to work each morning, put your things away without having at least one conversation with those around you? Who wants to get to work/school and work silently? Not me, and definitely not children. Give them choice in what they work on or do in the morning. It gives them ownership over their learning and what they feel like working on that morning.
Choice can look so many different ways! One year my students journaled each morning and got to choose what they wrote about. Another year my students literally had a choice of what they did: STEM bins, free writing, reading, drawing, etc. Choice is going to look different in each classroom based on your students. What works for your class one year, may not work for your group the next year. That is just how teaching is!
This year my morning choice is a choice board. I have created Monthly SeeSaw C
3. Set Clear Expectations
Yes, there can still be
4. Calm Lighting & Music Playing
Each morning our classroom lights are turned down where the lamps, natural light from our windows & the Smartboard are what light our classroom. This creates a sense of calm for my students as they walk in. They also hear quiet, instrumental music playing throughout our room. They know that their voice level should not get loud enough where we can’t hear the music. I find my music on YouTube or Spotify and mix it up each day!
Most of the time in our classroom when we need a quiet environment, the lights are low and instrumental music is playing so this is a cue for my students. It is a great reminder for them to keep their voices low, without me having to remind them. I also find that many of my students can be overstimulated by bright lights and loud noises in the morning, therefore not creating a welcoming environment for all students. I know that this isn’t everyone’s style, and that is okay! But this is one thing that works for me!
5. Morning Message
We all have them, but do ALL of our kids read them? Haha…I know the answer to this question in my classroom is NO! I always have a morning message on my Smartboard that:
- Greets my students with a positive note
- Contains their To Do list
- Gives them any information that they will need for our day
- Reminds them of our class goal that we set for the week
- Informs them of what they will be expected to share at our morning meeting
To spice things up every once in awhile I will throw on a meme, riddle or my
How do you structure your mornings? Let me know what works in your classroom below! Happy Teaching! 🙂