Our Morning Meeting
There's a wonderful beginning to your child's school day! It's called Morning Meeting and it's a great way to build community, set a positive tone, increase excitement about learning, and improve academic and social skills.
Morning meeting usually takes between 20-30 minutes. First thing each morning, the children and I gather in a circle. We begin by greeting each other. Every day, your child hears his or her own name spoken by a classmate in a friendly and cheerful manner.
Next, students share interesting news with each other in a structured way. Sometimes we go around the circle and all students share; other times a few students share and have a conversation with the class. Sharing helps students listen carefully, think about what they hear, formulate good questions, and learn about each other. During sharing, children have a chance to feel that their ideas are valued and that the other children care.
After sharing, there is an activity for the whole class. We might sing or recite a poem or play a math game. The activity time helps the class feel united as a group, reinforces academic skills, and helps children learn how to cooperate to solve problems.
Finally, we read the morning message chart, which helps students think about the day ahead. Sometimes, I use this time to review and practice a reading, punctuation, or math skill.
Every day, Morning Meeting lets children know that school is a safe place where all children's feelings and ideas are important. We are so excited about this start to our day!