Ok, here we go with some other ideas for the apron!
I need to apologize for the videos. They are far from professional and we didn't know how to edit, so you're seeing all the mistakes! Of course, I'm very critical and can't believe that's my voice and I have NEVER enunciated "punctuation" quite like I did on this video. Oh dear.
I made these videos two days after surgery and literally jumped off the recovery couch to make them, thus the bare feet. Sorry! My sister helped me with the video and you'll notice that I can't look at the camera because I would have started laughing! HA! I could hardly watch these, my husband couldn't watch them, and we're all amazed I'm taking this step! I'm pretty sure this would make a great SNL skit...
First off, the apron is not something you simply put on and go about your day. It takes work and organization. Every morning you need to decide what you want to emphasize for the day. It might simply be their sight word of the day or week. While I change the cards out, at the beginning you may want to try just one thing until you become comfortable. I do a lot of layering of the cards, especially with songs. It takes some rehearsing, but the kids love it!
On this video I introduce the Hello song. We sing this song every day but I don't always use the hello cards. That would just be too boring EVERY day! I'll meet them at the door, sing the song and maybe have five sight words in my pockets for them to read as they come through the door. It's a quick assessment to see who has or hasn't mastered those words! Sometimes, I'll have the cards all mixed up and it drives the kids crazy! I'll hand the the cards to them and they'll get my pockets all organized without even realizing that they just sequenced a story or song into beginning, middle and end!
This video has a few quick math ideas.
I have lots more and YOU'LL begin to think of a million more! I hand drew my own cards for two years. UGHHHH!I know that all of you are wonderful on the computer and can make your own cards!
Organization of the cards is an issue! I put a rubber band around each set and place all the reading/language arts cards in one shoe box and the math and songs in another. My sister, who teaches first grade, suggested using a clear hanging shoe organizer! Brilliant!!
You can find the apron in my TPT store, Kinder-gardening
Ask me questions!