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Independent Hands-On Morning Tubs

Lyndsey Kuster
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K - 1st, Homeschool
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How many times have you thought, “There has to be a better morning routine system out there! This one just isn’t working!” Too many times to count, right?

I bet a lot of these scenarios sound familiar, too:

Scenario One: You forget to copy something for morning work. You frantically rush around to make the necessary copies before the first bell rings. You feel flustered.

Scenario Two: The first bell rings. Students begin trickling into the classroom. Some students immediately get unpacked and begin their morning work. Others, however, mingle at their lockers, hover too long to pick a lunch choice, and can’t find their materials to begin their morning work. Multiple reminders are given within the first few minutes of the day. Frustration ensues.

Scenario Three: You are attempting to take attendance when you notice a student staring off into space. You walk over to the student and soon become his “personal morning work cheerleader.” You say, “Come on, James! You can do it. Just write one more sentence!” James finally writes one more sentence, but is less than enthused. Getting James to complete his morning work is an uphill battle.

If these scenarios sound at all familiar to you, you are not alone! I hear from teachers all the time who express these same frustrations. Dear friend, this is no way to start the day! It's time to transform the motivation and energy in your room with a simple solution: Hands-On Morning Tubs!

Trust me when I say, Hands-On Morning Tubs will benefit you and your students in a multitude of ways, including the following:

  • Promotes Socialization
  • Gives Students Choice
  • Creates a Positive Classroom Environment
  • Problem Solving
  • Thinking Outside the Box
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Provides Opportunities for Play

What Is Included In the Bundle?

This bundle includes over 200 hands-on morning tub activities and ideas. Yes, you read that right. 200. Just prep once and you’ll be set! No more worksheets. No more teeth pulling. No more rushing. No more battles! With these Hands-On Morning Tubs, your students will be eager, enthusiastic, and ready to start the day!

How Do They Work?

Create a space in your classroom that is easily accessible to students. Use the materials in this yearlong bundle, along with many materials you probably already have on hand (such as blocks, cubes, dice, etc.), to fill up the morning tubs. Allow students to explore the tubs during the time they would typically complete traditional morning work.

A detailed explanation of the how, what and why, including implementation strategies, organizational tips, labels, and links to where to get the tubs and materials, are included in the bundle.

The bundle includes resources that you can use year-round, such as “Morning Mission” cards, and also includes activities for each month of the year (excluding July). The activities in the bundle get increasingly more challenging as the year progresses.

A Note to Kindergarten Teachers: These were made with first graders in mind. However, I often receive questions and e-mails from K teachers requesting more advanced activities for their kindergartners. Please look closely at the activities before purchasing. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you!

Morning Tubs Activities Included:

  • August/September Activities
  • October Activities
  • November Activities
  • December Activities
  • January Activities
  • February Activities
  • March Activities
  • April Activities
  • May Activities
  • June Activities - this is a review month!

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