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1st grade on a cart

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Didij
Sun, 17 Nov 1996 09:52:41 -0500

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Hi Sally - I have a snail puppet friend named Simone who helps me start off
kindergarten and first grade classes. The children love her, and immediately
focus because she has a very quiet voice and they want to hear her. Sometimes
she begins the lesson or reminds me what we are doing that day. If the
children get too loud, Simone retreats into her shell. They have heard about
her "naughty" cousin, Simon and hope he will visit soon. (I haven't made him
yet!) During the first weeks of school, Simone helped a lot of new
kindergarteners feel more "at home." I used to be on the cart with 30
minutes for kindergarten, and I would recommend doing things in very
manageable stages and organized so there is no "waiting ." Prep everything
ahead of time and group materials for the number of tables (or place at
various locations around room). I always start with a short group time to
help with transition, then have 2 helpers pass out materials. The same
helpers can collect work, or often I have children place it in the hallway to
dry. Get some buckets which you can fill with soapy water for washing hands.
This eliminates 20 children lining up at the sink. 30 minutes goes by so
fast, but if you plan carefully, you can still get a lot done. Good luck.
Diane Jaquith

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