Classroom management is a necessity in any classroom but especially in kindergarten. As teachers to these new incoming students, we must maintain structure and manage these little ones so classroom time is utilized to the full potential. Anchor charts are an excellent way to introduce and teach rules and expectations in a fun and engaging way.
In order to maintain management of the kindergarten classroom, the kiddos need to know and understand the rules and expectations. A teacher cannot consequence a child without first explaining what the expectations are for their behavior. Anchor charts are an excellent way to familiarize the students to classroom rules.
Having the students help fill out the anchor chart solidifies these concepts in a fun and engaging way. This becomes multi-purposeful and instructive.
Starting out the new year with an anchor chart on how to be a friend along with The Kissing Hand feelings anchor chart, allows for classroom instruction on how to behave with others, as well as their feelings about starting school.
Next, the new students need instruction on school supplies. How do they use or not use these many different supplies?
FYI: I do not allow anyone to use any school supplies until we create an anchor chart about each specific one and the students know the expectations for using them correctly.
The above product has all you need to create anchor charts on how to use school supplies.
(I will preface these pictures by saying, these are not the most glamorous anchor charts, because I do them right there with the students. Sometimes I go back and make a ‘prettier’ copy.)
I use glue sticks at the beginning of the year, so an anchor chart is a MUST. No, glue sticks are NOT to be used as hair gel! LOL! 😉
Now that you have completed your anchor charts with your students, what do you do with them? I have found that hanging these completed anchor charts around the room, allows for frequent review and familiarization with these classroom rules and concepts.
Decorate your clothespins with tape, paint, or markers. Using the E600 glue, attach the thumb tacks to the back of the clothespins. Now the clothespins will attach to the wall, bulletin board or other flat space of your choice.
Here is what an anchor chart looks like with my custom anchor chart hangers!
Obviously I only have so much room, so sometimes I stack anchor charts on top of each other. That’s also another benefit of the hanger clips.
Check out the blog post “The First Day of Kindergarten” for more ideas.