Daily News + A Sale!

I was feeling a bit bored with my morning message.  I felt like it had lost it’s *zing* and the kiddos were getting bored (and ME too!).  I struggled to find something to write, and because of that we often skipped it.  Ugh.  That’s when my lovely friend Traci stepped in.  I visited her room one day and she shared with me how she does Daily News in her classroom.  LIGHTBULB!  I’m so happy she showed me her daily news routine, because now the kiddos LOVE it and the helper of the week looks forward to completing it each day!

I *try* to write it each night before I leave school.  Here are some examples:

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We start each week with the chart on the left.  We will do this one together as a class since the kids don’t know who the helper is yet!  I fold this chart in half and hang it on the classroom door. Every time we go out the kids tell me the words of the week, and we spell them or chant them.

Here are a few more examples:

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The last picture is what we do on Friday.  This idea also came from my friend Traci.  The children have their own recording sheet as well and we work through this together.  The helper of the week gets to take this big one home! They amaze me every week with all of the words they come up with!  I use post it notes to write the letters of their name and we re-arrange them to make new words.  FUN!

Every day the daily news is a bit different.  I try to tailor it to what my helper of the week can do or needs a little help with.  I love my new Daily News time!

Sometimes, I have the kiddos do the Daily News with me – we usually try to do this once or twice a week.  I just copy what I have written into a document and copy it for each one of them.  We sit on the carpet with clipboards and complete the daily news.

Here are some samples that you could use with your kiddos!

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Once a week (usually on Fridays!) we do our Fix-It Up like this:

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You can download a sample here:

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If you’re interested in the entire Fix-It Pack, you can purchase it here.

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24 comments:

  1. That is SO cool!!! How awesome would it be to make it a smart board file and then you could use it year after year! I'm totally stealing this!! Our daily calendar math every morning is getting quite boring...

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    1. You will love it :) I can't wait to start the year with it! It's so easy to modify each day for what your kids need work on or need to review. Easy, quick mini-lesson. The kids LOVE to come up and pick their markers, and they finish their morning centers so quickly so they can come up and start their daily news!

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    2. I came across this post and was wondering if you have already created a smart board file? It's a great idea and I'd like to do it on the smart board so maybe you'd be willing to share if it's already done?

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  2. Thanks for the great post! I always change something in our morning routine when we start over with the Helper of the Day. Now I know what I will be doing instead of the Morning Message! I love your Fix It pages too!

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  3. I love the Daily News. It's filled with so many important concepts. Thanks for sharing.

    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

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  4. I love your daily news! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Erica

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

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  5. What a great way to start your morning!

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  6. oh yes I love the ideas! Thank you!

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  7. I love this so much more than Morning Message from our reading series. I'm going to adapt it for 1st grade. we might even start this now instead of waiting until August.
    First with Franklin

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  8. How did you do that? Get into my head like that? :)
    I have been so BORED with morning message. I needed something new! Thanks!

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  9. Your Daily News is fantastic. I needed some new things to shake mine up as well . . . the way you did the tally match up is so much easier than having the kids always draw it. Thanks for sharing!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

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  10. I love your ideas! Thank you so much for sharing and all the examples. I do something similar for my morning message, but you just gave me a bunch more ideas--and I especially love the "helper of the day" with the special idea for Friday. Thanks! :-)

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  11. This is so awesome, thanks for sharing! My kinders are getting tired of our daily calendar journal...and this may be just the ticket to spice things up! YOU ROCK! :)
    Erin
    Eberhart’s Explorers

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  12. Oh, friend, you read my mind! It happens every year around this time....I get SOOOOO bored with Morning Message that I quit doing it too! What a great way to jazz up MM! Thanks for posting the pics. I've copied the pic files and have compiled a little "MM Ideas" booklet that I'm laminating and hanging next to my easel for when I get stuck on what to write. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. we'll have to get together this summer and come up with all sorts of ideas for the beginning of the year :) Great idea to compile everything - I feel like such a dofus standing there in front of the easel trying to figure out what to do! It's kindergarten, not rocket science! sheesh!!

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    2. haha! Yes, we keep talking about getting together and we NEED to do it. It'll be much easier when school is over! I also want you to teach me a thing or two about knitting. ha! I decided last weekend that I was going to teach myself....let's just say it's not going so well. :)

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  13. Amen! This is the time we are DONE with MM, it's so BORING we have stopped doing it completely most mornings! I just made myself a form, using your News Pictures that I can refer back to or "cheat" when I need some inspiration! Thanks for posting all the awesome pics!

    Mandi
    (Your newest follower!)
    MOORE Fun In Kindergarten

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  14. Thank you for the WONDERFUL ideas Kathleen!! I absolutely love this! Like so many others have posted...my kids are a little bored with our calendar journals and this way we can spice it up with ELA and Math concepts! Love! And just like Hadar said.. I'm getting a smartboard in a few weeks and am totally going to make a bunch and save them for use next year! Thanks so much!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  15. This is FABULOUS. I actually made a template of my own using some of your ideas. I had to personalize it to my needs and my classroom, but go check it out. :) We have also linked to your site on our blog. http://primarypossibilities.blogspot.com/
    I needed to create a template so that I could include "Number of days in School". We are using this as our first page in our calendar notebooks next school year. Thanks again. You are FABULOUS and my favorite blogger. :)

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    Thank you for sharing all your techniques!

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