As I sit down to think about what I want to do with my students the first week back, I really want to make sure that I give them a good amount of time to connect their peers, but then I want them to transfer that connection point into our studies for the week. I think that the BEST learning– in a primary setting particularly–occurs with shared experiences. Even though our kids don’t all have the same experiences over the break, we can give them time to organically discuss the similarities and differences to promote understanding and community. Here are some things to consider when getting your students back into the swing of things after the new year.
1. Give students several organic experiences to discuss their time away.
2. Add time into your schedule to review procedures.
3. Use literature to tie in both seasonal themes and academic objectives.