Have you reviewed the rules yet?
The first week back in January can be daunting. Kids have had a vacation from the structure of the classroom, so they are a bit (a lot) rusty on rules and routines. Sharing with others is challenging for some kids. This is truer in pre-k and kindergarten than any other grade level. So, how to approach re-learning the rules?
Games are great rule reinforcing activities! Some of my favorites are:
Pass the Bucket: For this game, explain that students can “phone” a friend (hold a pretend phone to your ear) if they need help. Students learn, waiting quietly for their turn, how to be a helper, how to accept help (and that it’s okay to ask), and how to take care of supplies after the game is finished. Students will want to use this as a center too!
- Place task cards for whatever subject you need to review in a seasonal bucket.
- Students sit in a circle.
- Student chooses a card, answers, then passes the bucket to the next friend. (remind them to “phone” a friend if they need help–this is a teachable moment too).
- Go all the way around the circle until the last student has answered, then put all of the cards back in the bucket.
- Add some cute snowflake cards too, so everyone can jump up and float like a snowflake when those cards are drawn. This keeps them watching each student’s draw.
Need a game to play? Here you go! This one features matching with a partner if you play as in the game described in this post.
Books for Reviewing the Rules
I love opportunities to share good books with my students. Here are some of the best ones for helping kids get back into the swing of following the rules:
Take Home Book about Following the Rules
Two or three years ago, I saw an increasing need to focus on rules review after we returned to school in January. This is what I ended up creating. It has been very helpful, and allows kids to practice fine motor and decision-making skills. Grab it from my store!
Out of the archives…
Here is a post from way back in 2013 from the original dot.com. This little winter book is free, and a great way to study seasonal cycles for this time of year! Have a great year!!!