Saturday, October 12, 2013

Stamina Critters

WOW-zers...How in the world is it already October???!!!??? I am not sure where the end of August and the whole month of September went! We have been very busy in 1st grade...all 22 of us. Our class sizes are usually around 17 so 5 extra kiddos make a HUGE difference in EVERYTHING we do! I know many, many of you have larger class sizes than this...all I can say to that is Bless Your Hearts- You amaze me! :)

We are doing Daily 5 for the first time this year so we are really working on our STAMINA in all we do! Because there are so many of us, we started by working on our stamina on the Learning Rug. I have a very verbal groups this year who are experts in sharing...we are just needing to work on sharing about learning at the appropriate time! :)

After talking and writing about Our Learning Rug promises, we learned a song about stamina!

Later that day, we had a visit from the Stamina Critters.

Here is the poem they sent us. :)

When the Stamina Critters arrived, they quietly started talking to me. I would hold one up to my ear and they would tell me about how they would be watching for children keeping their stamina. They would really be watching for kiddos working quietly. As I noticed kiddos staying on task and working quietly, they would get to go and add a Stamina Critter to the jar. Sometimes I hear Stamina Critters calling out student names that they spy keeping their stamina. The kiddos swear they hear the Stamina Critters talking too....This is when I pray that I am not warping my kiddos too severely! :)

They are so stinkin' cute when they carefully take a Stamina Critter out of the basket and place them in the jar. They are always sure to place them in there so their eyes are watching us.

This has really helped my kiddos. They love to see how many of them can keep their stamina at different times during the day. I have even carried a Stamina Critter when we go down the hallway. Of course, it talks to me while we walk. We have been able to add 22 Critters before when everyone did Read to Self for 20 minutes with no call backs! :)

I hope to build my stamina back so I can blog more, I have really missed my sweet bloggy friends. :)

From My Heart to Yours,

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Natalie said...

I love this idea! I could definitely use something like this with my firsties! :)

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Marie wallace said...

I love the magic of first grade. The kids' imaginations allow us bring magic in the classroom. I can't wait to use this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Olwyn Hughes said...

Oh how I have missed your posts! I love, love, love the stamina critters and think you are awesome!

Nancy VandenBerge said...

Love this post, Heather!!! You are so creative and all about the kids!!

Growing Firsties said...

Simply Brilliant!!! Shouting this out on my fb page tonight!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

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Kelly said...

Terrific Idea Heather! Thanks for sharing!
I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

Holly said...

Well look how cute those stamina critters are!!! Building stamina can be tricky business...especially when you have a few that just aren't as strong as others. Your kiddos will get there...slow but sure! Once they reach first grade, they are able to build {and rebuild from Kindy} their stamina quickly. There's light at the end of the tunnel...and you'll be so happy that you put all this effort in early on. Your kiddos are well on their way to sustaining independent QUIET work time!!!!!

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