Morning greeting and calendar and weather time in preschool

Attention!  THIS POST IS SOOO OLD! Please see the way I have modified our morning as time as gone by : Ten Tips for Circle Time in the Preschool Classroom

What I used to do in 2010

I always start my day in preschool off with a morning greeting time which includes exploring the calendar, weather, seasons, and a brief review of basic concepts. Let me show you some of the ideas that can be included in a simple morning greeting time.

Sing the Hello Song!

I love to sing the Hello Song every morning. It lets the children know we are ready to begin the “learning” part of our day.

Who is here today!

Next I take “attendance” by letting the children move their name to the “I am here today” chart!

Attendance posters!

Calendar

Then we talk about the day, date, and year!  I break it down to very basic terms such as having the children say: “Today is Monday”   and “The date is April 20, 2010

I also have the children count the number of days that we have had so far in the month  and tell me what number will go next. If there is a special day coming up, such as a birthday or holiday, then that day is noted on the chart in advance and we count how many more days until it will be that special day.

Then we say (or sing) the days of the week in order.

Calendar and symbols

Weather

Next we choose a weather helper to look out the window and tell us what the weather is. We sing the song:

Weather, weather,

Weather, weather,

What will the weather be today?

(sunny and warm)

(sunny and warm)

That’s what the weather will be today.

I then have the weather helper draw a weather symbol on a square of paper and we place it up on the bulletin board. The older children print the word of the symbol on the square as well. Each day a new weather symbol square is added and we look for patterns in the weather.  We then count the number of rainy days in the month, sunny days, and so forth. For each new month we start a new set of weather symbol squares.

Seasons

We then sing the Four Seasons Song and identify each of the seasons on a chart. Sometimes we will spend more time on this by reading a book about seasons or talking about a particular season. For this month, we would talk about the signs of spring.

Simple weather and season chart

Helpers

I also choose our helpers during the morning greeting. I have used helpers that include:

  • Weather helper
  • Door holder
  • Line Leader
  • Caboose
  • Snack Helper
  • Lunch Helper
  • Plant and Fish Helper

I have also just assigned one Helper of the Day. It all depends on the age of the children and what they can handle.

Review of basic concepts

We then review many of the basic concepts. I simply point to the letters or numbers or shapes on the chart and we all say them together. Not a lot of time is spent on this – just a quick daily review and over time the children get better and better at their recognition of each letter, color, or shape.  Since we use the numbers on the calendar, we do not repeat numbers again.

Morning Exercises

Finally we choose some music and movement activities for the children to stretch, run in place, and  so forth as our morning exercise routine.

By |2010-04-20T08:00:24+00:00April 20th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

8 Comments

  1. Wendy at Kiboomu April 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm - Reply

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    Best
    Wendy

  2. Danny April 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I love your season and weather chart, it makes the children concern about today’s weather feelings (hot, cold or cool)
    .-= Danny´s last blog ..Numbers , ants , and yikess….!!!!! =-.

  3. Mona October 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Your site is full of beautiful ideas & i must admit that you a real creative resource person.
    I run a small kindergarten & will keep on bothering you.
    Cheers!
    Mona

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      You can’t possibly be a bother:)

  4. mandy December 3, 2010 at 11:42 am - Reply

    your website has been suchn an inspiration for me. keep up the good work. thanx.

  5. Reb September 10, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Hi, I really enjoyed your blog. I am wondering what age group you use this for?

    Thanks!

    • Deborah Stewart September 14, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Ages three to five. We have a mixed age group class.

  6. Elaine Marshall August 2, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Thank you for your suggestions

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