Are you ready for April Classroom Management? As they say, “April showers bring May flowers” so this month we have a Spring themed “Fill the Raindrops” printable for you! Spring fever definitely calls for some classroom management reminders. That’s why we love to share these printables with lots of variety for a simple, yet effective way to motivate students. Help students follow directions, stay on task, work together, and MORE! Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade! Get the FREE printable here!
Is “Spring fever” setting in for your students (or you)? There are lots of fun things happening this month, and students might start to get restless before your next break. That’s why you will love using simple, differentiated, and motivating classroom management tools. Lots of options to help your classroom be a happy, efficient environment.
This activity goes well with these resources:
April Classroom Management Tips
It’s always great to have a little refresher on classroom rules and expectations at the beginning of every month. Usually, by April, the weather is warming up and students want to be outside playing, so they might be feeling a little cooped up. Maybe plan a fun reward towards the end of the month- that can be a great motivator for students! Don’t forget to re-visit all the important classroom management tips:
- Keep the rules simple, easy to understand, and clear
- Model the procedures you want the students to do
- Follow up reminders throughout the day
- Communicate with parents/guardians
Focus on the positives! Students thrive on positive reinforcements. They love to be told when they’ve done a good job, no matter how small it may seem to you. Creative a positive environment leads to better relationships and students who will flourish in the classroom.
Some ideas of positive reinforcements:
- “I see that you cleaned up all your crayons without being asked. What a nice, clean work space you have!”
- “I noticed how you asked ___ to join you for play time today! You’re being a great friend.”
- “What a great job you did coming quietly to the carpet! You’re setting a great example!”
Keep building those relationships! It’s so important to build strong relationships with your students. A classroom that feels like a family or community will run so much smoother, and your students will feel like they can really depend on you. Direct some Spring or Easter-themed questions at them. They will feel so special knowing how much you care about them outside the classroom! Keep reading to find out all about this month’s classroom management tool and grab your freebie at the end!
April Easter Fun
Are you planning to celebrate Easter in the classroom this month? Maybe you can have a small little party or give out jelly beans as a reward! That would be a great incentive to fill the raindrops quickly! If you want to start the day off with some cute videos, we have you covered with this list of teacher-approved Easter videos! Click here to read about them and find the links to watch.
Something else that kindergarteners LOVE are directed drawings! Practice listening, following directions, and fine motor skills with these adorable Easter-themed drawings! They can do them as a print OR digital option, which is great for fitting the needs in your own classroom. Click here to get this set of 10 different drawings!
Fill the Raindrops
April is such a fun month! April Fool’s Day, Easter, Spring weather, insect and plant units, and more. Your students will love being able to fill this picture with raindrops and it’s a great way to help motivate them to follow classroom rules.
You can choose to print out the picture and then cut and paste the drops, or use one of the options to simply color in the different amounts of raindrops!
These are so cute, fun, easy to do, and great for April classroom management. Students can earn items for anything: quick transitions, being good friends, being quiet in the hallway, cleaning up their messes, etc. Whatever you think is best and necessary for YOUR classroom! It’s important to set the expectations ahead of time though, so your students know exactly how to earn those raindrops.
When they are all full, you can choose a fun reward that all the students can enjoy as a class (further building that positive community feeling!) Some examples could be:
- A fun Easter party
- Outside scavenger hunt or nature walk
- Movie & popcorn
- Extra recess
- Pizza lunch
- Show and Tell
It would be fun to have the students help choose what their reward will be. Take a vote, count tallies, get students excited, and make it a learning activity, too! Remind them that if their idea isn’t chosen this month, they can try again when we have a printable for May!
This month’s FREE printable for April classroom management comes with a variety of differentiation options so you can pick what’s best for YOUR students!
- Fill the Raindrops for a fun Spring activity
- 20 raindrops to color
- 10 raindrops to color
- Cut and paste the raindrops to reach a certain amount
Another differentiated idea is to do this activity with tables working together. Or maybe just a couple of students need this as an individualized plan. This could even work well in your own personal life!
Free Fill the Raindrops Printable
This free April classroom management printable can help you this month! Make sure to grab it by entering your information below. You’ll unlock the freebie (even if you’re already a subscriber). Our freebie fairy (who is currently shopping for a new umbrella) will fly that over to your inbox immediately!
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This post was written by Johanna, an experienced early elementary teacher who loves learning about new teaching ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade!