Who has come to preschool today?

Part of the morning greeting routine in this two year old class includes a creative way to take attendance.

On the wall the teacher has two large laminated poster boards. One of the poster boards says “Our Class.” All the children’s names are on this board when they arrive to school each day.

The other poster board says “I Am Here Today.”

Both of the poster boards have Velcro dots on them and the children’s names are written on leaves with Velcro attached to the back of the leaves.

During morning circle, the teacher sings a little tune that goes something like this…

Tune: London Bridges

Who has come to school today?

(Tommy) (Tommy)

Who has come to school today?

(Tommy)

As the teacher sings each child’s name, the chosen child goes to the board, picks his or her name from the “Our Class” poster board and moves it to the “I Am Here Today” poster board.

As I watched the children participate in this morning greeting activity, I was amazed at how each child was able to select his or her own name without the teacher’s help. The children clearly participate in this routine every day!

The children loved having the teacher call their names and taking a turn to move their names so everyone would know who had come to school today!

By |2010-10-16T02:10:16+00:00October 16th, 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.

3 Comments

  1. Annette W October 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    My daughter’s teacher has a magnetic door…and uses magnets! She has a theme (tree with leaves, basket with berries).

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Cute idea – I haven’t seen a magnetic door in a long time – or maybe I just haven’t noticed it! I need to walk around and check out all the doors at our school:)

  2. Ayn Colsh October 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I haven’t done this in a while. I think it’s time to re-implement! I love the little song, too!

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