Just got the news k-2 split!

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  1. cheer

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    Ok I am blown away by the thought of having to teach k thru second grade. How is this done? I've taught a 1-2 split but k mixed in???? What are the kinders doing as I'm teaching a 30 min la block twice? I have a meeting to discuss it. I am hoping they at least let the 1 second grader go because that would be one less grade to teach. If that's the case, if anyone has experience teaching k-1 please tell me how it's done. How does the day look? K is usually taught through centers where first is centers only if u get done your work. Please help me, I'm baffled by the whole thing.
     
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    How many students in total?
     
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    There is 15 altogether. No aide
     
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    Is this a split class or a multi-age class?
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    teacherpippi Is this a split class or a multi-age class?
    This is a split. They combined due to low numbers. I have early testers for k. and 1 second grader. The rest r avg. first graders. I'm wondering how to schedule everything. I know k should learn through centers every day. I need them to be occupied for 45 min for la and then la again for second grader. How is that possible? Do I need to change centers every day?
     
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    Whoa...am I reading this right...you have only ONE second-grader?

    Could they not fit that one second-grader into another second grade room?

    If I was the father of that child, I'd be quite upset...that he/she was in a room with none of his/her peers.

    I don't feel that administration made a wise decision.
     
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    Forgive my ignorance, but what does "early testers for K" mean, are they high Kinders?

    Are you doing small group instruction? Because I think that would be the ideal place to do those mini-lessons on objectives that are more graduated. The objectives are the same in many ways-for example they are all learning phonics-just different levels. 1st Graders could certainly benefit from workstations as well and you could just be rotating the whole class through stations and small group instruction.
     
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    He is the only second grader in the whole building. The father doesn't seem to care. I think admin needs to say that they are not offering a second grade.
     
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    Early testers are kids who didn't make the cut off date so our admin lets them test in ( per the parents request) it's a mess. I just can't figure out how to rotate workstations so I don't have to change out stations everyday. So for la block I have 4 workstations 4 based on k needs and 4 based on first? Then do it all again for math?
     
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    Check into Daily 5 & CAFE. It can work very well for multi-age classes (I've used it in a 1-3 class before). Even if you don't use it, the 10 steps for teaching independence is really good.

    Do you have a program for math or is it open?

    Do you have specific standards (Common Core)? If a private school, do you have a focus?
     
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    We use Saxon math and the phonics and reading curriculum for k is just a list of standards and its up to the teacher to come up with the activities. First grade uses bought on muffling spelling and reading A to Z. Ill look into the daily 5. I have the book but never read it. I'm worried about the independent levels of k, especially at the beginning of the year.
     
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    You could use the same workstation materials, just have activities at different levels. So if they were using magnetic letters you could have the K kiddos matching letters to sounds and the 1st graders actually using them to make words. Same with math-the Kinder kids could be counting with manipulatives and the 1st doing a place value activity with them.

    I had a split for summer school once and did this, I just color coded their "I Can" lists-the 1st graders did the blue activity/Kinder the green. Most activities I leave up in their workstations for at least a week, maybe more depending on how many kids actually get to rotate there.
     
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    Wow, I had never heard of such a thing...how frustrating!

    Is this a public school? If so, I don't believe admin can say, "We're not offering a second grade." However, perhaps there are alternatives (e.g., busing him to a nearby school where there are more second-graders).

    I'm guessing this is a VERY small school (population).
     
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    I think the kid would be better off shoved with 3rd than K/1. (Edit: Actually, maybe not. I guess it depends on how high he is. :|)

    Daily 5/CAFE will be your best bet. Good luck!
     

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