The beginning of a school year is usually filled with anticipation and expectations: new books, new stationery, new friends, new activities, new things to learn. The excitement may be tinged with a little anxiety: will they like me? will I like them? will I be able to do what’s expected of me? what will I do if (insert any likely or unlikely event) occurs? These questions are shared by students and teachers alike.
In addition to all the usual anxieties, with the beginning of this school year occurring at the peak of the Omicron outbreak, many more questions are raised: will school begin as usual? will it be delayed? will lessons be online or face-to-face? will teachers and students’ health be affected and impact attendance? how safe will we/I be if everyone is not vaccinated?
While I am unable to give you any answers about the impact of coronavirus on the school year, I know that whether you are teaching online or in the classroom, or a combination of both, readilearn resources will help reduce your workload with lessons that are ready to teach and activities that can be done at school or at home. The resources now number over 500 and all are for use by teachers with children in the first three years of school. You know when you come to readilearn, you don’t have to wade through lessons for other year levels as well.
Over 100 of the lessons in literacy, maths, science and HASS are ready for you to teach on the interactive whiteboard. They can be used in the classroom or delivered to students if teaching online using screen-sharing as I explain in this video.
Days to Celebrate
When planning the school year, in addition to the ongoing curriculum program, it is good to have some special days and events to celebrate.
A Year of Days and Events to Celebrate in the Classroom lists suggestions for celebrations throughout the year.
A list for each individual months includes more information about each date and provides teaching suggestions and lesson ideas. Each of these documents is available to download free in the Days and Events/Calendars section of Classroom Management resources.
The Printable 2022 Calendar can be displayed on the classroom wall or distributed to children.
Or children can personalise a Make it Your Own 2022 Calendar with a photo or drawing to use for calendar work throughout the year.
There are some activities that form part of the daily routine in most classrooms. These include marking the roll, discussing the date and weather, and basic number work.
Keep track of who is at school and help the children learn to read their own and others’ names with the Who is here today? interactive chart. While the chart doesn’t replace the roll, it can be used for a variety of activities. Have it ready for children to use as they enter the classroom.
Use the Classroom Daily Calendar for recording the date and weather — an interactive resource to use on the interactive whiteboard on which you can change the details for each day as you incidentally teach:
- Days of the week
- Dates and numbers to 31
- Months of the Year
- Weather words
The Busy Bees 100 chart can be used for all your work with numbers to 100, including counting the first 100 days of school — another interactive resource to use on the interactive whiteboard.
Happy Birthday — an interactive resource to personalise can be completed on the interactive whiteboard with the children and then a copy printed for the birthday child.
Welcoming Classroom Theme
It is important, right from the start, to establish a welcoming and supportive classroom environment. Of course, the most important part of that environment is the acceptance of, and respect shown towards everyone in it. However, a bright, positive and welcoming theme can help foster those feelings of belonging right from the start.
The Busy Bee Welcome resources for Day one is full of printables to get you started with a Busy Bee theme, including:
- Free teaching ideas: Getting ready for the first day with Busy Bee resources
- Busy Bee Welcome letter template
- Busy Bee Welcome sign
- Busy Bee Desk name template
- Busy Bee Name badge template
- Busy Bee Who is here? – chart heading
- Busy Bee Find your name – poster
- Busy Bee Name card template
- Busy Bee I am . . . first day of school worksheet
- Busy Bee Birthday chart
The Getting to know you surveys are a great way for teachers and children to learn more about each other and to encourage children to feel valued and respected.
The Family Traditions and Celebrations collection provides additional resources for getting to know more about the children in your class and their families and is relevant to the HASS curriculum.
Take photos of the children on the first day to create a class book.
Alternatively, send them home as a treasured memento of the first day.
These are just a few of the readilearn teaching resources for the first three years of school. I hope that while you are here, you will explore the other resources readilearn has to offer. While all of the resources are available to purchase individually, and in fact many of them are free, best value comes through purchase of an annual subscription which provides access to all resources for a year for just A$25. That’s less than 50 cents a week or less than 5 cents per resource.
over 500 teaching resources for the first three years of school
Resources beyond worksheets – lessons for teachers made by teachers.
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