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Here is a quick explanation:*We use the Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum. We do not use it for the first two weeks of school in order to establish routines, explore the environment and learn how to care for materials. OWL Centers are our developmentally appropriate version of literacy centers.
*All of the books we read this week are about the first day of school, or about separating from loved ones. If you have never read Owl Babies, you should! It's perfect for kindergarteners who have a bit of separation anxiety. Usually we have math centers in the afternoon, but we will not be starting that until next week.
*For the first week, we will read an additional book that goes along with our theme and do some gross motor movement instead. This gives us an opportunity to help students stay organized and practice packing up. I have found that this pays off in the long run and helps them to become independent much more quickly.
*Songs, Wordplay and Letters, lovingly referred to as SWPL (pronounced swipple) is a great opportunity for phonemic awarness and other emergent literacy skills. During the first two weeks, I teach two new songs per day. We practice each song about three times. The first time, I sing it very slowly and they do the accompanying hand motions. The next two times we do it to music. We also review the songs on and off throughout the week during transitions.
I hope that this is helpful... I would love to answer any other questions that you may have!