Establishing a daily routine is key to classroom management.
Classes are going very well, I am so pleased with the progress the children have made.
Every morning we begin with our circle routine (calendar events, weather, songs), and every student takes a turn saying two simple sentences. Some examples: My name is _________. I am a ________ (boy/girl). These are my ________ (feet/ears/knees). I like the color ________ . This is a red shirt.
I usually teach a general lesson–new vocabulary or review the material we have covered–in a large group. My volunteers are good sports, since I often use them as props (Where is Teacher Daniel’s nose? Teacher Natalia, do you have brothers?). I am especially thankful for two graphic design majors from the Universidad de Costa Rica who have perked up our flipchart with amazing drawings.
After we have learned the subject matter, I send them off to work in small groups…filling in the blanks, label…
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