Why do Monday’s hate me? Seriously…here is a run down of the day.

 8:00 a.m. Parent arrives with the child and says the child is so sick but insists on coming to school. We talk to the child and she insists on staying. (Um, why are we letting the child decide?!) Parent leaves.

 9:15 Throw-up. No one comes to clean up so I don my rubber gloves and clean up the mess. From the back of the room all the way to the bathroom!

 10:00 Office calls. Larry has his mom’s cell phone in his backpack. Can I please turn it off? Sure. Go to backpack. Cell phone off. Prescription pills discovered in backpack. Pill confiscated. Sent to office. All clear.

 11:10 “Mr. Greg, I need new drawers” “Why?” “I doodied on myself!”

 12:45 “My stomach hurts.” Send to office. Monsters: 0 Stomach Virus: 3.

 And my friend, “Whishle” apparently doesn’t like my whiskers. She told me so much at recess. But hey, it’s Monday and that means a new Morning Meeting ideas to share. And it’s fun!

This is another great idea shared by one of my teammates!  Um, I still have the best teammates ever!  If you disagree…well you’d be wrong.  Period.
We call this the “french fry” greeting.  And it’s just what it says.
Instead of saying good morning, we say “french fries!”
We laughed.
We giggled.
We had a great start to our morning with french fries.
Here’s the skinny…
We stand up in a circle.  I approach a student and greet them. 
“French Fries, Larry!”
Larry responds.  “French Fries, Mr. Greg”
And we wiggle our fingers (french fries) at each other
I take Larry’s spot in the circle and Larry moves on to greet someone.  This continues until everyone has been greeted.  After the last person greets me, I say “French Fries Mr. Greg’s Little Monsters!”  and they all YELL back ” French Fries, Mr. Greg!” 
Fun!  Movement!  New!  Engaging!  Working smarter.  Not harder!
I also want to show you the progression and evolution of our morning message.  We have transitioned into the monsters taking over the writing portion of the message.

I leave blanks in the greeting and date portion of the message.  We use our sounds to spell the words.  I point to the first blank and the group says “Good” and they spell the word.  If they don’t know a letter or forget, I give them a hint with the sound.  After we write the word, we read the sentence.    The students now have a major ownership stake in the message.  It’s great for working on sounds and writing, it’s great for handwriting and directionality.  
And you can see that we did not celebrate the letter E today.  I was so impressed with the progress we’ve made with writing the letter Ee… especially the lowercase e!
And finally, I know it’s the highlight of your Monday!  It’s Silly Hat day at the Kindergarten Smorgasboard.   This week we are not celebrating the letter E, so that means our hat is an….wait for it…
ELF HATS!  
Hi.  I’m Greg.  The sarcastic elf.  Yes, I’m short,  I do have big ears.  And I am witty!  
If you want the free elf ear template that I drew, just click on my handsome face to download the ears!
Socks:  Target
Of course, those are mustache socks!
This is all you can see because the official photographer of the Kindergarten Smorgasboard is working at Macy’s tonight.  Hello discount!

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  • Reply Miss Peden December 4, 2012 at 1:03 am

    My first year of teaching kindergarten I had students who had accidents left and right. This year I came prepared with pull ups on the first day. I told my students very calmly that if they ever have an accident that they should quietly let me know so I can help them find their change of clothes and give them a pull up to make sure it doesn't happen again before they go home. I didn't make it sound like a punishment, but I did show the pull ups to the class. NOT A SINGLE ACCIDENT SO FAR THIS YEAR!!!!

  • Reply Mrs. Payton December 4, 2012 at 1:49 am

    you crack me up! sounds like one heck of a day in your room! Better get the clorox before the stomach bug claims you!

  • Reply Vanessa December 4, 2012 at 2:28 am

    What a day you had! Isn't it great when the five year old makes the decisions?? (can you smell my sarcasm that far away?) I had that same thing happen to me this year and guess what happened… I had 7 students out in one day! Yup. Croup spread all around my classroom because mom couldn't say no.
    Tomorrow is a new day… Tuesday!
    Vanessa
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

  • Reply Justin K December 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    That is a day from hell, Monday or not. I am stunned that no one came to clean up the vomit. I am not stunned that the 5-year-old got to decide that she was going to come to school sick! By the way, it says a lot of good things about you that she wanted to come to school that much! Well done!
    Writing Pad Dad

  • Reply Ms.M December 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Love your french fries idea. Oh and I would like to pay you to come and make me some morning messages for my classes! They are fabulous.
    M

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