Cambridgeport, every classroom begins the day with a Morning Meeting.
In both junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten classes, we begin
with our greeting while sitting in a circle; every child is acknowledged
by name. We do our attendance routine that links with our math
curriculum. We often have a news and announcements time during which we
share personal events and get to know each other. (We also frequently
incorporate sharing into storytelling at Writing Workshop.) We integrate
academic, social, or curricular themes into a game or movement
activity. Finally, we wrap up with a Morning Message during which we
change our calendar, read to find out about daily events, and build
enthusiasm for our day.
kindergarten year(s) are full of great changes for children and
families—entry into a new school environment, first experience in a
public school setting, first times eating in a lunchroom, riding a bus,
or going to after school programs. By emphasizing community and working
on ways to help kindergartners become supportive and nurturing friends,
we aim to facilitate and make positive those changes. Forming a
cohesive, cooperative, caring group is the biggest social goal to be
reached during the kindergarten year because it is the context for
everything that children do and learn at school.
four-six year olds are focused on their own needs, emotions,
attributes, and interests, but they are also very concerned with making
friends and are interested in noticing the diversity of their classroom
and school. Our theme—Myself and Others—emphasizes ways to appreciate
and respect our individual unique attributes as well as the similarities
and differences that abound among appearances, cultural traditions,
holidays, families, homes, and food of peoples all around the world.