First Day of School
- Many kids have never
been ANYWHERE before, so the first week or so teach how
to walk in a line, sit on the carpet, sit in a chair,
eat within 30 minutes, etc.
- Do a "Picture of Me"
the first day (have to go through what is on a face,
where do eyes, nose, etc. go? What color is your hair?
No not, green, etc). Second full day read the Kissing
Hand, then trace their hand, let them color it and put
a heart sticker inside.
- Have something for each
student to do at the table when they first arrive on
the first day. Crayons and paper are a sure and safe
bet for the first day. Put out blank paper and crayons
and pre-date all of the papers. This way once they are
finished you can collect the papers and put them in
their portfolios to show their very first attempts at
drawing. Be prepared to have LOTS of paper available as
pre-k and kinder students can draw one little scribble
on a page and say "I'm done!". If you are brave and put
out toys for arrival on the first day be prepared for
them to do inappropriate things with them like throw,
put in their mouth, or use in ways that they weren't
intended to be used. It's best to save the toys for
later when you can properly introduce them, you won't
have time during arrival on the first day.
- During the entire first
week of school, we play the "Get To Know You Game". The
game takes about 10 min. We sit in a circle and take
turns rolling a squeeze ball to each other. Each day I
pick a new question to answer. When the ball is rolled
to you, you say your name and repeat the entire
sentence and fill in your answer.
Ex. Hi, my name is ________. My favorite color is
List of ideas we do: age, favorite color, pets, number
of people in family, favorite food
I have also done this activity in the upper grades and
have extended it into the second week of school: least
food, favorite tv show, favorite movie, sport, hobby,
where you live, vacations
By the end of the week it helps all of us match a face
to the names, the teacher gets to know a lot about the
students(shy, outspoken, speech problems, language
problems, comprehension) and the students get to know
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