No I did not make a toilet…but my Monday Made It has to do with the toilet! But it has to do with bathroom procedures and keeping the class bathroom clean! And yes, it involves drawing in the toilet. So get out your Sharpies and gloves!
Bathroom Procedures: The Toilet Spider
Look, I’m a dude. I get it: boys are gross and sometimes we can’t aim very well. Even as grown ups. True story. After years of teaching kindergarten I was struggling with bathroom procedures and how to keep the bathroom clean. Especially the boys peeing on the floor. Enter the toilet spider.
The toilet spider is a very similiar idea to using Cheerios or cereal when potty training at home. But if we used cereal at school, we’d stand in the bathroom all day with a box of cereal. The toilet spider is a permanent visitor to our class toilet and he gives the boys something to aim for.
Before school starts, put on 2 pair of rubber gloves.
Grab your Sharpie.
Get on your knees in front of the toilet. This puts you at a five year old eye level.
Draw your spider (or target, or happy face or mustache) to give the boys something to aim for.
On the first day of school, take the boys into the bathroom and tell them that their job is to pee on the spider. Every time they go to the bathroom. Tell them he lives in our toilet and they need to make him leave. Make it fun. Make it a game. I also show them how to raise the lid and lower the lid and flush the toilet. You know….guy issues…
Then bring the girls into the bathroom and explain that boys are gross. And so they pee all over the floor. And you drew a spider in the toilet so they won’t pee on the floor.
Problem solved. Our bathroom floor stays dry 95% of time!
Then I realized that five year olds need visual reminders. Lots of visuals. So this should be true of the bathroom too!
So I to added a little to our bathroom procedures so I asked my friend Crystal at The Library Fox if she could whip me up some clean up clip art. Well, of course she did an amazing job so I was able to create a set of task cards for bathroom procedures. Yep. Toilet Task Cards! True story! Get em’ while they’re hot folks!
And yes, I named them Toilet Time Task Cards! Would you expect anything less from the kindergarten smorgasboard?!
And as for this question: do students ask to go to the bathroom? Do they have a signal?
In our classroom my students just go. If they need to go, they go. Because as an adult, I don’t have to ask to go. So I don’t expect my students to ask. I also don’t know if they really need to go or not, so they are free to go as needed.
For more beginning of the year procedures, check out this post for my 7 first day procedures!
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