Who has come to preschool today?

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on October 16, 2010

in Morning Greeting

Part of the morning greeting routine in this two year old class includes a creative way to take attendance.

On the wall the teacher has two large laminated poster boards. One of the poster boards says “Our Class.” All the children’s names are on this board when they arrive to school each day.

The other poster board says “I Am Here Today.”

Both of the poster boards have Velcro dots on them and the children’s names are written on leaves with Velcro attached to the back of the leaves.

During morning circle, the teacher sings a little tune that goes something like this…

Tune: London Bridges

Who has come to school today?

(Tommy) (Tommy)

Who has come to school today?

(Tommy)

As the teacher sings each child’s name, the chosen child goes to the board, picks his or her name from the “Our Class” poster board and moves it to the “I Am Here Today” poster board.

As I watched the children participate in this morning greeting activity, I was amazed at how each child was able to select his or her own name without the teacher’s help. The children clearly participate in this routine every day!

The children loved having the teacher call their names and taking a turn to move their names so everyone would know who had come to school today!

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1 Annette W October 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

My daughter’s teacher has a magnetic door…and uses magnets! She has a theme (tree with leaves, basket with berries).

2 Deborah J. Stewart October 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Cute idea – I haven’t seen a magnetic door in a long time – or maybe I just haven’t noticed it! I need to walk around and check out all the doors at our school:)

3 Ayn Colsh October 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I haven’t done this in a while. I think it’s time to re-implement! I love the little song, too!

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