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I'm not a new teacher but love to encourage and help where I can. I also teach K.

You are not alone. We all feel like you do, overwhelmed and ready to shut down at times. ((hugs))

What kinds of materials are you referring to? Does your district give you curriculum? Can you ask your basic skills or reading coach for help and materials?

When parents ask me for things, there are lots of things I tell them:

For example:
-encourage them to read to their child at home every night
-give them the Dolch word list to practice with their child
-practice their letters and sounds (provide a paper with upper and lower case presented separately and in random order)
-practice blending CVC words (provide a paper with word families) or have the parent read the words and kids write them or spell them out loud
-practice counting to 100 and making sets to 20
-practice writing letters, numbers, and sentences
-a list of educational web sites.
I also encourage them to buy kindergarten or even first grade workbooks at the dollar store and go through them with their child.

I would also suggest subscribing to a publication such as Teacher's Helper from Mailbox magazine. Lots of relevent and up to date stuff to run off to use every day in your classroom. You can start building files from those for different skills.

Hope this helps. Hang in there and good luck! You're doing great!

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yellowflowers 03-14-2012 03:33 PM

I'm not a new teacher but love to encourage and help where I can. I also teach K.

You are not alone. We all feel like you do, overwhelmed and ready to shut down at times. ((hugs))

What kinds of materials are you referring to? Does your district give you curriculum? Can you ask your basic skills or reading coach for help and materials?

When parents ask me for things, there are lots of things I tell them:

For example:
-encourage them to read to their child at home every night
-give them the Dolch word list to practice with their child
-practice their letters and sounds (provide a paper with upper and lower case presented separately and in random order)
-practice blending CVC words (provide a paper with word families) or have the parent read the words and kids write them or spell them out loud
-practice counting to 100 and making sets to 20
-practice writing letters, numbers, and sentences
-a list of educational web sites.
I also encourage them to buy kindergarten or even first grade workbooks at the dollar store and go through them with their child.

I would also suggest subscribing to a publication such as Teacher's Helper from Mailbox magazine. Lots of relevent and up to date stuff to run off to use every day in your classroom. You can start building files from those for different skills.

Hope this helps. Hang in there and good luck! You're doing great!

bboopboop 03-04-2012 06:32 PM

I am a new teacher and I am also teaching k. I teach both am and pm and have a total of 37 students. That means I prep for 37 kids, do 37 report cards, correct 37 hw packets, etc. I really really love K and I know it's where I want to be. It can be very overwhelming at times and I feel as though my patience has started to dwindle. The hours are never ending. I feel as though I could live in my classroom and still be behind. I have talked with other k teachers and they have reassured me that it gets easier.
It's hard not having another class to compare. I am at a private school so it's just me in K. I think as long as you are being a positive role model who sparks their interest in learning, teachers them to share, follow rules, work together as well as get as much academics in as possible then you are doing fine. There is no way as new teachers we will cover all the expected academics out first year. It's just too hard. Pick a subject area and master it each year. In a few years you will rock it!
Keep your head up and just think back to where they were at the beginning of the school year. You have come so far I am sure!!! If you want I can give you my email and we can share ideas. I have a pinterest account with some cute K ideas. My name is bboopboop
Good luck

dhteach 02-07-2012 03:56 PM

I'm in a lifeskills classroom and have the same situation you seem to have. I feel like I'm not doing (teaching) enough but others say I'm doing great. I'm so overwhelmed too! I can't get organized and I don't have state curriculum for each subject. On top of this, I have students in 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th grade in most academic areas. I think as a first year teacher we need to just go with the flow and realize that next year will be easier. Of course, I say that but I don't feel that way as of yet I'm still stressed, overwhelmed, and wanting more for my students. Good luck with the rest of the school year!

StresTch 02-06-2012 07:46 PM

Hi all my fellow new teachers,

I am working my butt off, obviously it feels like I am not doing a good enough job. Recently, I have been losing motivation because of being so overwhelmed. I teach Kindergarten and it worries me that I am not preparing them with enough materials. The parents keep asking for more and I keep trying. Every week, I have great ideas and tend to do less because I am so busy. I keep hearing that I am doing such a great job and all of this stuff but I just don't know how to do a good enough job. Any ideas??

Thanks!




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