Do you use Creative Curriculum’s Teaching Strategies Gold in your classroom? After using it for the past 6 years, I have found each year, as I approached a new curriculum, I was scrambling to come up with the materials I would need for each unit. With this set, you won’t have to! Utilizing this set in your classroom, you will have all of the materials necessary to create an Anchor Chart reflecting the “Beginning the Year” unit. This downloadable set includes the TSG Anchor Chart topics of:
- What names do we need to know at school?
- What should we do if we get sad or scared at school?
- What are our rules?
- When do things happen at school?
- Who works at our school?
- How do we make and keep friends? How can we be part of a group?
- What sounds do we hear at school?
Each topic features child-friendly picture cards to correspond with each topic, prompting active teacher-student discussion and interaction. Exploring each topic, students can talk about their feelings and begin to develop social-emotional skills that will last them a lifetime. Through this “Beginning the Year” unit, students will explore school-appropriate behaviors, discuss rules, ask questions about daily activities and classroom schedules, meet and become familiar who work in a school, and allay any fears or worries they might have about meeting new people and making new friends.
To best use this set, print, laminate, and cut. I prefer to add a small magnet piece to the back of each item, so that I can use it with my students on our white board. The pictures used in this set are surrounded by a black square, and are the perfect size for young children to utilize themselves, with guidance. While this set is designed around the TSG curriculum, the opportunities for use are endless!
In addition, this “Beginning the Year” unit features an “All About Me” letter in both English and Spanish, targeted towards families, and asking them to fill out a project with their child and attach a picture of their child. This is a wonderful way for students to feel a part of their classroom, take pride in their work, confidence in seeing their family picture displayed in the classroom, and courage as they share information about themselves with their peers. The “All About Me” project has been a good first project in my classroom each year, and my students love seeing their family’s faces displayed in the classroom during the first few weeks of school.