There is a wonderful new beginning to your child’s school day! It is called Morning Meeting. Each morning, I will gather the class together in a circle. In a circle, everyone can hear and see each other.
To start Morning Meeting, children greet each other by name. Sometimes the “Good Morning” is passed around the circle. Sometimes children get up and greet each other across the circle with a handshake and a “Good Morning!” Each morning, your child starts the day by hearing his or her name called by a classmate in a friendly and cheerful manner.
Next, children have the chance to share some news of interest with the class. Usually three or four children will share each day. Sharing might be showing a rock from a rock collection or sharing about a special happening with a friend or sibling. After the student shares, he/she asks the circle, “Are there any questions or comments?” In the conversation that follows, children learn much about each other, and gain a deep respect for classmates’ ideas!
After Sharing, there is an activity for the whole
class. The activity may be learning a
poem or playing a math or language game. The activity time helps the class feel their strength as a whole
group. They find out that they can
cooperate and solve problems. They can
have fun and learn a lot together. The
last part of Morning Meeting is called News and Announcements. During this time, students think about the
day ahead. I will go over the events of
the day as well as any items that need to be discussed as a class.
Morning Meetings lasts about 15 minutes. Morning Meeting is great for learning
cooperation, self-worth, responsibility for a job, and a sense of
community. When children greet each
other, they learn courtesy, how to respond politely when someone speaks to
them, as well as how to care for their classmates. When children are greeted, they hear their
name and feel proud and important. Likewise, when children share, they feel that their ideas are valued and
that their classmates are important to them. They learn how to ask good questions and to make respectful
comments. They learn how to be good
In Morning Meeting, children learn to value themselves and their class. They increase their self-confidence and respect for others. They learn how to make good use of information. They learn how to solve problems and heal hurt feelings. Morning Meeting lets children know every day that Highland is a safe place where everyone’s feelings and ideas are important.
To learn more about Morning Meeting, feel free to arrange a
visit to our classroom. You will see for
yourself why everyone is so excited about the start to the school day!