First Day with 24 Kinders

Well, I survived day one!!! With 24 (my largest class thus far) up from a typical 17/18, we mangaged to at least get some rules slightly established today! I created a voice level chart that we will use Monday, as I already see this is a talkative bunch (unlike mine in the past). I will post that chart & a couple extra items once we reach 500 followers - just 2 away!!!!

Just curious, how many kinders do you have? Also, have you managed a larger class differently than a slightly smaller class? Any tips would be appreciated:)

Hope everyone is having a fantastic year!!!

Here is my daughter, Chloe, on her first day of 1st grade:) Just had to share!

11 comments:

  1. I know what you mean! Last year I had my largest class ever, at 23. I had also just moved down from 1st to K. I learned quickly that you have to plan, plan, plan!! Keep them engaged, moving from one activity to the next. Also, beware of transition times!! Good luck!!

    Angela
    The Daily Alphabet

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  2. We can have up to 22. I prefer an even number whatever the size. So much easier when working in groups. Your daughter looks like she is ready for a great first day.

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  3. Chloe looks adorable!

    I am at 24 firsties this year...the silverlining? It's a nice even number! :)

    Marie
    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

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  4. I have been teaching for 4 years and have always had at least 24 kids, sometimes going to 25. We start school in a week and our numbers are at 30! I hope they hire another teacher:) It is so hard with this many to be able to focus on the needs of them all, especially when some come in not speaking ANY English. Good luck with your year. I am sure you will do just fine:)

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  5. thanks ladies - Melanie, those were my thoughts exactly. I also house the students with disabilities in my classroom, which need even more individualization. They only have one segment of special ed. teacher assistance during the day... Just hope I can really provide what they need, as well as for all the others in my class:)

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  6. I had 28 last year and the year before. Don't know how many this year. It helps to be super organize and prepared.

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  7. OH MY! Spoiled here with a maximum of 18 students per classroom. This year I have 24 students with a full time team teacher to met our school's requirement.

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  8. So far I have 23 on my roster. School hasn't started yet and the numbers keep climbing. We were told to expect 24. This will e the largest class I have had.

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  9. I am thankful to see that our school is not the only one with elevated numbers this year. I started out with 24 students and I can tell you that just adding 3 more to the usual 21 makes a HUGE difference. We are fortunate enough that our principal and superintendent have approved another teacher to be hired. We live near a military base so our numbers could up. I say a prayer every morning that I can give ALL of them the attention that they need.

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  10. I have 34 Kinders - 18 of them designated English Learner. No aide, or helpers. It's crazy. Sometimes it feels like I'm just managing behaviors. It's just WAY too many four and five year olds in one classroom! Not what's best for kids!

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  11. I have 27 Kindergarten students!!! I too, have ALOT of talkers & then when you add behaviors on top it's frustrating at times. Thank you for the voice level chart among a bunch of other resources I downloaded!

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