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Meaningful Morning Work

I've been browsing Social Media and I've seen SO many beautiful classrooms, teachers prepping for the back-to-school craziness, and some even already with their students back in school!

It's that time....  Time for the sweet smell of brand new crayons, students showing off their new backpacks and meeting new friends, freshly sharpened pencils, and the big smiles on our new student's faces.

We as teachers plan and prep most of the summer, getting our classrooms ready to meet and greet the faces for the new year, planning the first day lessons, and making sure our students will have the best welcome into the new year.

After that... things get kinda fuzzy.  Some teachers are already planning well into the school year, but for most teachers, we take the first week on with a vengeance, and then proceed with caution the rest of the school year when it comes to planning and prepping.

When I begin to plan my weeks, I begin with the first part of my day.... morning work.  This year, students will have a ten minute window in the classroom from first bell to tardy bell.  I *REALLY* want to make the most of every single minute with my kinder babies.... and Morning work should be NO different!

So often I'm still running around in the mornings, preparing activities for the day, grabbing me a snack and drink, fighting traffic to get there on time, getting my OWN child ready for class, talking to a parent, and whatever else gets thrown our way in the morning! I'll be the first to admit that my students are often left sitting at their tables for morning work and I'm saying.... "Share your favorite thing from yesterday" while I run around to finish preparing   #guilty

I can also add to that guilty statement... that I will run some copies of busy work.... and they will usually find themselves in the trashcan at a later time.   Please tell me I'm not alone with this morning work pattern.....

Well that is about to change in my classroom!

Morning work doesn't have to be boring and filled with fluff to pass the time!  It's time to make the most of our mornings!

I started creating a few activities that I wanted my students to be using the first few weeks of school and realized I had a created a complete packet!  

This will be a project that will be growing throughout the year! 

Introducing "Meaningful Morning Work ~ Volume 1 {Back to School}

I wanted to show you some of the activities that you will find in this pack that are perfect for kindergarten and first graders!

Simply place these sheets into a dry-erase pocket or laminate!  Give students a dry erase marker and they are on their way!

The Alphabet boxes ~ All you need in magnetic letters!  Students will fin the opposite letter (capital/lowercase)  Multiple versions are included for a variety that your students can rotate through.

A variety of name activities are included as well! 

This activity dives deep into student names.... fun and engaging!

A variety of beginning sound activities are also included!  

Lots of Number activities are included in Volume 1 as well.  I have a variety of levels that are included, starting with tracing numbers, sequencing numbers, building numbers, comparing, and more!

We can't forget about Fine Motor fun!  So many of our students still struggle with fine motor development.... which is why I will be including fine motor skills throughout each Volume!

This month is all about basic tracing!   A variety of fine motor pages are included!

I also included puzzles for students this month for sight words and math!

This "Meaningful Morning Work" pack has over 70 pages of math, literacy, fine motor, and name activities perfect for Back to School!

A few tips and tricks:

~ Copy onto bright colored paper (I use Astrobrights!) for an extra pop or color!

~ You can laminate the pages or place into dry erase sleeves!  

~ You will need: alphabet letters (capital and lowercase), dry erase markers, and that is it!

I have the Back to School packet posted (ON SALE!) 


If you would like to buy the Growing Bundle, you will receive the remaining packs as they are uploaded!

You can check them out below:

So.... it's time to get rid of the fluff in our mornings!  Make the most of our mornings... even if you only have 5 minutes!  Set the tone for the day when students first enter the classroom!  

Happy Teaching!

Jessica Travis
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