When parents drop off school supplies on Meet the Teacher night, crayons may be tucked away nicely in student desks They may be placed in colorful tubs on the tables to share as community supplies, but do learners know how to use them correctly?
During the first week of school we teach nothing but rules and procedures. This includes how to use our school supplies. It’s not only about putting supplies where they belong, but how to use them correctly in our classroom. Establishing these expectations early makes it easy for learners to complete projects and activities during the school year.
Teachers spend a ton of energy and planning to teach procedures and expectations in their classroom. It’s frustrating to be told they have an “easy” class. When the first week or month is used to teach these expectations, they are enforced throughout the year. A class may seem easy when they are truly just well trained!
First Week of School Resources
There are resources available in our Back to School for Little Learners pack that can help teach learners these skills and expectations. However, you can grab some free resources that are also included in the pack from this blog series. You will find how to use these tools during the first week of school. You will be able to easily navigate this series to find what you need by using the links and buttons at the bottom of this post!
Crayons in the Classroom
Many students have crayons at home. Some are taught to respect their crayons and care for them while others are never taught how to use them. So, during the first week we come together on the carpet to ‘meet’ our crayons. We begin by reading the book The Crayon Box That Talked and discuss that when our crayons are used correctly they can create AMAZING pictures!
We then learn the song “I Can Color” from my Back to School for Little Learners pack. Next, we discuss the rules of our crayons.
1. We will use our crayons to create our BEST work.
2. We will be gentle with our crayons so they don’t break.
3. We will put our crayons in the correct place when we are done.
Afterwards, we put these rules and expectations into practice with a simple coloring page (of course)! The learners practice holding their crayons correctly. Being gentle is so important! Next, we work on coloring their best (using the appropriate color and as neatly as possible) and then putting the crayons in their supply box when their work is done.
By setting expectations for children on how to respect our classroom materials and modeling those procedures at the beginning of the school year, we are providing learners with the basic tools they need to succeed. This allows us focus on instruction and not procedures in the future.
More resources and ideas are available in this blog series on how to use glue and scissors in the classroom. You can find these ideas by clicking on the images below. Be sure to download your crayon resources at the bottom of this post!
I hope that you found this post helpful and if you did, grab the crayon song and coloring page by clicking on the download link at the bottom of this post!