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    With so many children pursuing their own learning in a Montessori classroom, sometimes noise levels can get a little out of control! When waiting to gather for circle time, or to avoid calling out across the classroom, here are some tips for enjoying quiet as a class the Montessori way.

    Tips to Build Attentiveness in Toddlers and Preschoolers

    Circle Time Activities in the Montessori Classroom: Circle time isn't just for attendance. Sometimes, when the work cycle becomes disrupted, I will gather the children to circle to "re-center" ourselves. Circle time is a place to regroup and reconnect. Some of my students have even said that circle time is their favorite time of the day.

    NAMC montessori teacher and students rules regulations circle time new school year

    Help 2 to 3 Year Olds to Listen!

    Improv Game

    WASHING HANDS LESSON~ Put a clean apple slice in one jar. Pass another slice around the class after returning from recess with dirty hands. Place both in labeled jars and observe. This picture shows the difference after 8 days, however it doesn't really show the mold. Ick! A great way to teach about germs.

    FREE Kindergarten Common Core Recording Sheets for Assessment

    Bloom's Taxonomy revisited

    Students earn a chance to draw a tile and place it wherever they want. When the prize is completely spelled, the class gets that reward.

    Oh my gosh, this is the best thing ever!!! Book list that correlates with the ELA common core strands by grade level!!

    Dandelion Puffs: These wishes just wait on a shelf or kitchen counter until a sad child needs some love and encouragement. Then, it is off with the cap, eyes squinched closed for a wish, and a big huff. This cheers children any time they're sad–and it makes me happy just to see the dandelion puffs resting in wait. So sweet... ♥

    Perfect for back to school - These intriguing questions will help you get to know your students and help them get to know each other. Kids love them and as you can see below, they make terrific writing prompts and are great for facilitating higher level thinking. $

    Detailed Teacher To-Do Lists

    A post about Transitions {Engaging Preschool Minds}

    The MOTHER LOAD of Behavior stuff... I am not even kidding

    I Can Common Core standards for grades kindergarten through 5! Includes I Can standards for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade. All free from www.thecurriculum....

    Parent-Friendly PRINTABLE Common Core Standards. This is what your children will be tested on starting in the 2014-2015 school year in 45 participating states (so far). Checklists for grades kindergarten - 5th grade. Simple to understand. Also available in Spanish.

    Common Core Organization - Nice blog post about how to organizer your CCSS resources

    Warm Fuzzy Jar! When students are caught being kind they get a "warm fuzzy" to put in the jar. When the jar is full have a class party!

    A very detailed BEHAVIOR RECORDING FORM for those students who need just a bit more DOCUMENTING!

    The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do. – John Stuart Mill SO true

    Rewarding kids with things they get to do instead of things they get to have. When they do something good, they pick from the jar and get things like to stay up a little later or play outside a little longer etc. Cute idea!

    The Corner On Character: Anchors-A-Plenty