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I will share you the morning routine I do daily in my classroom. Students learn to respond to the questions that I ask because we do this everyday. This routine at the start of the year lasts about 20 minutes, and as the year progresses the routine gets shorten to about 10 minutes.

Stand by the door as students are arriving. You greet and shake hands with them as they enter the classroom. Teacher greetings: Waciye(Hello), Tatawaw(welcome, there is room), Pihtakwe(come in) and the gesture of shaking hands with students. (Throughout the year students pick up the Cree words and start to respond back to you in Cree as they are entering the classroom.) Students enter the classroom and put away their jackets, boots, etc… Then they go get a book to read at their desks, until the bell rings for morning assembly.

When the bell rings, I tell the students to get up (Pasikohk) and line up at the door (Nawayikapawihk netey iskwatemihk).  Students follow me to the assembly area in order and they sit where they are assigned, boys to one side facing the South-Apihtaskanohk and girls to the other facing the North-Kiweyitinohk. At assembly there is a prayer said and announcements made.

After assembly I tell the students to get up (Pasikohk) and line up here (Nawayikapawihk ota) and they follow me to the classroom in order.

In the classroom I tell all the students to sit in a circle (wasakamapihk ota awasisak) around the calendar as I point in that direction. Once the students are settled I tell them to look over my way (Otey petapihk) and say what I say (Isinawihk)

*********I point and say everything first and then the students repeat after me. We go over the date and the calendar, days of the week, numbers to 31, weather terms, ***************

I usually have to give the answer first before they answer correctly, as it usually lasts for the first two weeks of learning new Cree terms; I always give the students positive and encouraging comments like that’s it – Ekosanima, that’s good – miwasin, and when I like what I am hearing I will say one more time-peyakwaw or again-asamina.

Procedure of morning routine:

Today is Monday February 11th, 2008  Anohc Ponayamihewkisikaw  Mikisowipisim mekwac  Peyakosap ehakimit  Niswaw kichimitatahtomitanaw ekwa ayinanew

I usually have to give the answer first before they answer correctly, as it usually lasts for the first two weeks of learning new Cree weather terms; I always give the students positive and encouraging comments like that’s it – Ekosanima, that’s good – miwasin, and when I like what I am hearing I will say one more time-peyakwaw or again-asamina.

Then we proceed to the calendar activities; I point to the picture and syllabics of the calendar and say Mikisowipisim mekwac repeat it three times with students. Then I tell the students to count-akihchikek  the days of the month that have gone by and I point to all the numbers as they are counting,  Peyak(1), niso(2), nisto(3), newo(4), niyanan(5), nikotwasik(6), tepahkohk(7), ayinanew(8), kekamitataht(9), mitataht(10), peyakosap(11),and then they will count the numbers 1 to 28 (29 leap year) for the month. Peyak(1), niso(2), nisto(3), newo(4), niyanan(5), nikotwasik(6), tepahkohk(7), ayinanew(8), kekamitataht(9), mitataht(10), peyakosap(11), nisosap(12), nistosap(13), newosap(14), niyanosap(15), nikotwasap(16), tepahkohksap(17), ayinanewosap(18), kekac-nistanaw(19), nistanaw(20), nistanaw-peyakosap(21), nistanaw-nisosap(22), nistanaw-nistosap(23), nistanaw-newosap(24), nistanaw-niyanosap(25), nistanaw-nikotwasap(26), nistanaw-tepahkohksap(27), nistanaw-ayinanewsap(28), They will have been taught these numbers already and will not be using them for this month Kekac-nistomitanaw(29), nistomitanaw (30, nistomitanaw-peyakosap (31)

I usually have to give the answer first before they answer correctly, as it usually lasts for the first two weeks of learning new Cree weather terms; I always give the students positive and encouraging comments like that’s it – Ekosanima, that’s good – miwasin, and when I like what I am hearing I will say one more time-peyakwaw or again-asamina.

We then proceed to the days of the week; I use hand gestures for the Cree terminology and students learn the days quicker and with ease. We do the gestures together and say the Cree, and then we do all together the second time in English and then in Cree the third and last time.

Sunday –Ayamihewikisikaw

Monday –Ponayamihewikisikaw

Tuesday –Nisokisikaw

Wednesday – Nistokisikaw

Thursday –Newokisikaw

Friday –Niyanokisikaw

Saturday –Nikotwasikisikaw

I usually have to give the answer first before they answer correctly, as it usually lasts for the first two weeks of learning new Cree weather terms; I always give the students positive and encouraging comments like that’s it – Ekosanima, that’s good – miwasin, and when I like what I am hearing I will say one more time-peyakwaw or again-asamina.

As extended exercises I ask these questions in Cree:

What day was yesterday? Kiko kisikaw otakosihk     Student response would be Ayamihewikisikaw otakosihk

What day is it today? kiko kisikaw anohc                  Student response would be Ponayamihewikisikaw anohc

What day will be tomorrow? Kiko kisikaw wapakih    Students response would be Niso kisikaw wapakih

I usually have to give the answer first before they answer correctly, as it usually lasts for the first two weeks of learning new Cree weather terms; I always give the students positive and encouraging comments like that’s it – Ekosanima, that’s good – miwasin, and when I like what I am hearing I will say one more time-peyakwaw or again-asamina.
 
  We then proceed to the weather.  We go over some of the tems we have been learning like; Miyo kisikaw – it’s a good day, I put an emphasis on this because everyday in Cree culture is a good day. It does not matter what the weather is like, you have to be thankful for the life and day the Creator has given you.

Sunny – sakastew                     Clear day – wasaskan                     It is snowing – emispohk, or imisponayaw

It is cold – ekisihk                 It is very cold – Metoney ekisihk

I usually have to give the answer first before they answer correctly, as it usually lasts for the first two weeks of learning new Cree weather terms; I always give the students positive and encouraging comments like that’s it – Ekosanima, that’s good – miwasin, and when I like what I am hearing I will say one more time-peyakwaw or again-asamina.

I ask the question; What is the weather like today?  There are two ways to ask about the weather;                 1-Tanisi esikisikak anohc,  2-Tanisisiwepan anohc

Example of a student response would be; Metoney ekisihk anohc

I usually have to give the answer first before they answer correctly, as it usually lasts for the first two weeks of learning new Cree weather terms; I always give the students positive and encouraging comments like that’s it – Ekosanima, that’s good – miwasin, and when I like what I am hearing I will say one more time-peyakwaw or again-asamina.

 This ends the morning routine and I tell the students to get up and I point towards their desks -Pasiskohk awasisak ekwa netey nitaw apihk kakiyaw

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