Communicating with Anchor Charts

Many teachers turn to anchor charts in a variety of ways to communicate information with their students. Anchor charts are a helpful tool to concisely organize information and provide visuals when necessary.

At the beginning of our kindergarten year, we created anchor charts for introducing routines and procedures to our students in Google Slides. These anchor charts help tremendously with classroom management, as expectations are clearly outlined with visuals. They serve as an accountability checkpoint to encourage everyone to do their part. On our charts, we were sure to include Teacher jobs, Student jobs, and a space to share the importance of the routine and procedures. Typically, the importance piece is filled out with students, so they can share their voice and contribution to the chart.

Children contributing to the development of the anchor chart on the first day of school.

As students are learning from home with families, Jessica created a “Balancing Your Kindergarten Day at Home” anchor chart. She included this chart at the very top of her kindergarten site that she shared with families. The format of the anchor chart would look familiar to the kids. It would also help guide families in supporting their child in providing structure for their learning day from home.

Sharing our Anchor Charts

Below you will find the anchor charts that Jessica made for classroom routines and for learning from home support.

innovatingplay.world/samplecharts

We are sharing our blank template below so you can create and customize your own anchor charts.

innovatingplay.world/anchortemplate

Share with Families

One of the benefits to working in Google Slides is the variety of ways you can share the content in them. Consider the best option for you and your families:

  • Share as an image – Each slide has the opportunity to be downloaded as an image file. Click on the anchor chart you wish to download. Locate the File menu and select JPEG. This can be a handy sharing method when you are posting to platforms like Seesaw, ClassDojo, Remind, etc.
  • Share slide deck link – If you have additional slides you are sharing with families and you want to share the link to the deck, locate the share icon and change the settings to “Anyone with the link can view.”
  • Embed on a website – First, make sure the sharing access is “Anyone with the link can view.” Then, locate the File menu and utilize the “Publish to the web” feature.

Transfer Back to the Classroom

Utilizing technology to build and share anchor charts holds the potential to empower children and families by creating common ground between home and school. Transparency with the language and the organization we use as teachers, allows families to consider how this works within routines at home. Through simple visuals, we provide examples of clear routines and the structure. This is necessary, not only for learning in the classroom or at home, but for successfully navigating life with young children on a daily basis.  

Our current circumstances in learning from home hold the potential to deepen our relationships and connections with families.  Rather than seeing learning from home as an obstacle, we can embrace it as an opportunity to nurture families and children in ways that will transform relationships within and beyond the classroom.

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