Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Latest Secret to a Calm Dismissal Time

My next door neighbor, Mrs. S, found this series of short Alphablocks videos (on YouTube) last year.  Our students loved them and always wanted to watch them.  This year, my students love them so much (sorry, I can't really explain why they love these videos so much) that I have made it an end of the day reward if they can beat the clock packing up and still have time before they are called for dismissal.  Well, most days it works. The first video is only 3 minutes long and it is really cute and, wait for it.....educational as well.  Each block represents a letter who does some sort of action to make the sound, but they don't actually state their name, so I have the students yell out the letter's name.   Let's do an experiment...try this with your students and see if they love it, too!  (You will think it is really fun, too).  Also, any other smooth dismissal tips?  I know this will wear off sooner than later! :)


  1. I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the link. I use Tumble Books, which is an online collection of books. They have sound and pictures and the children love listening to all the different stories. Here is the link:


  2. This is awesome! LOVE it! So putting this in tomorrow :)

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  4. Too cute! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I also show video. At the end of every day I have one child come out and hold a one-minute sand timer. I then play a set of wind chimes and the class put their head on their arms on their desks for one minute. A colleague used to use a rain stick as the signal. We stay absolutely still and quiet. It really calms then before the transition moment.
    Thanks for sharing the link :)

  6. Awesome! I love using Mr. Harry's videos. My kids love to sing along to his songs. I incorporate them into my daily calendar on my activeboard. I will download these and let you know how it goes. Thanks for the idea!


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