Guest Blogger - Little Miss Kindergarten

Hello Learning with Mrs. Parker Friends, I am Mrs. Coe from the Little Miss Kindergarten blog and I am so thrilled to be posting here for Mrs. Parker.
I have loved this blog since I started blogging and I was fortunate to have Mrs. Parker's class be pen pals with my class last year.

I am super excited to be able to be pen pals again. I always have loved reading the book picks that Mrs. Parker has suggested each month and I looked forward to those posts all last year. I knew if I wrote a guest post for Mrs. Parker I had to share books because we both have a love of books that seemed to connect us in ways. 



One of the hottest topics this summer has been classroom management. I have certainly enjoyed seeing and learning from all the great ideas about organizing and getting things ready for a new year. When I think of the term classroom management, my first thought actually is behavior management. I do think there is a lot to be said for planning ahead for behavior... Each year we are faced with different issues and problems but we also see some of the same behaviors year after year. One thing I struggled with last year was a friend with a bad case of the...blurts.


In passing I saw this book My Mouth is a Volcano and naturally I thought of...my friend. The case of the blurts that my friend had was pretty disturbing in the beginning of the year. To be honest, sometimes it was difficult to teach because of this issue. My friend was never blurting out disrespectfully and it was never blurting off task. In fact, he was always eager to be learning, constantly engaged, passionate about every single thing in life and just wanted to be involved. All in all, he was a true blessing in my class.


One day I decided to talk to my friend one on one and ask him why he had such a bad case of the blurts. I really just wanted to know what he must be thinking as I redirect his behavior, gave the kindergarten teacher eye or when I paused for him to...stop. He really did not realize he was doing this as much as he was and he really did not know why this was a...big problem. He was so upset when I talked to him that all he could do was cry. Eventually we were able to talk about this behavior and ways that he could manage himself in a whole group setting and we were all pretty happy!


As I look ahead and think of next year, I wanted to keep this in mind. We all have behaviors that are predictable and repeat with each new year. I've learned to not wait and see if those behaviors appear in August but rather prepare for those common behaviors that usually show up. I wanted to prepare lessons ahead of time and present them to the class. The story time setting is a wonderful place for this to happen especially in a Kindergarten classroom. It is a necessary part of my job to teach and model the appropriate behaviors in different school settings because Kindergarten children may never have had to learn and live with expectations prior to entering into the classroom. I was thrilled to find so many books that cover so many behaviors that most of us see in our classrooms. What I love the most is that these books are empowering to young children and that they come from the standpoint of learning the appropriate behavior. Often times with behavior management systems, this part is missing and the inappropriate behavior might stop temporarily due to the consequence but the appropriate behavior is not taught.


So this year I am stepping into the classroom, prepared for it all...
Take a look at what I have found.

Great for the first day...


Learning to listen and follow directions.


Learning about bullying. 
 Bully B.E.A.N.S.


Title says it all here...
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue


How to be a friend and community building.
BARNES & NOBLE | I Just Don't


Learning to disagree appropriately.
 I Just Don't Like the Sound of


Learning ways to manage yourself because it's hard to sit still.
The Way I Act


Learning about behaviors and choices.
It's Hard to Be a Verb


Love the title on this one!
Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales


Learning about personal space.
Personal Space Camp


Learning about conflict resolution.
  MEAN JEAN was Recess Queen


Learning about respect.
A book to teach respect!!


To teach empathy.
  used to teach empathy


You get what you get!
  You Get What You Get

Tattle tales.
 Tattlin' Madeline


Nonstop talking.
 Books That Heal Kids: Book Review: Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker



I also thought I would try a Star Gazing Jar for those children that need a brain break to stop those inappropriate behaviors. If you would like to learn how to make a Star Gazing Jar just hop on over! As you can see there are so many books that can be used for the common behaviors we all see in the classroom. Do you have a favorite and what will be on the top of your list?














Thank you, Little Miss Kindergarten for sharing your book selections.  She is an amazing teacher, blogger and crafter.  I urge you to check out her blogs if you have not done so already.  To check out my book picks from last year for the fall go, here.

9 comments

  1. WoW - great post. I've used Julia's Volcano, Verb, and Tattle Tongue books with great success. The Star Gazing idea intrigues me; do keep us posted on how it goes!

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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  2. I love your book list... My back to school shopping list keeps getting bigger! Lol. :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing this wonderful book list, it is sooooooooo helpful!

    First Grade Journal

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  5. Thanks for having me Mrs. Parker you know I just love your blog!

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  6. That's quite a list for social skills! Thanks so much for sharing:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  7. I enjoy Tattle tales, Madeleine is one of my favorite character.

    Thanks,
    Anne

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