Thursday, October 23, 2008

Setting Up the Slates

I was asked to show the process we use to set up the slates.

Here's how we do it.

We begin by setting out 3 tubs. The red tub holds the slates; the green holds bits of towel that serve as erasers; the white tub holds bits of chalk.

First we set out the slates.

"Erasers" are spread out like blankets on the slates.

And a bit of chalk is placed on the erasers. All set.

We put the materials away in groups, each group trying to get their materials put away within 10 seconds.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I picture a couple of children setting it up before the other children come to the carpet--is that correct? I have tried all kinds of ways to hand out materials without taking too much time. Right now I have the materials in a little wagon. A child pulls the wagon around the circle and children take the materials when it is their turn. Fun, but waiting is not the easiest for JK/SK!

Dan Gurney, Mr. Kindergarten said...

You're welcome. The photos you see here were staged. It's a bit more chaotic with everyone there, but not too bad, in fact actually quite lovely.

We can get everything out in about 3 minutes and everything put away in about 2 minutes. By actual time measurement.