I really like using Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) strategies with my sweet first graders. When I compare my classroom atmosphere before I implemented WBT versus after, there is a huge difference for the better. If you are unfamiliar, check out YouTube. There are many fab educators modeling ways to use WBT in a variety of classrooms. Some of my favorite video clips are posted by Freundlichteaching.
As my daughter has gotten older, I started wondering if I could use pieces of WBT at home. I decided to give it a try. I edited the standard 5 WBT Rules (Rule 1: Follow directions quickly. Rule 2: Raise your hand for permission to speak. Rule 3: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. Rule 4: Make smart choices. Rule 5: Keep your dear teacher happy.) I decided to use a variation of Rules 1, 2, 4, and 5 at home.
You can click on the picture below if you would like a FREE copy of the WBT Rules for Home posters.
These samples are only a few of the posters. There are twenty in all, including black line graphics if you want to customize your set. The clip art is from JW Illustrations and kpmdoodles.
I'm really curious to see if WBT can translate to home. If I can get my 5 year old to follow directions quickly, I will be super thrilled. If it doesn't work, at least I have satisfied my curiosity.
If you would like a copy of the Five Rules posters and a Five Rules mini book for your classroom, you can click here.