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I’m back from vacation – which explains the lack of posting – and I’m getting things ready for the first day of school – which is Monday!  Way to soon for me!   I’m not ready yet!  Lord help me!  So I’m curious, what do all of you do on the first day of school?  I’m trying to come up with something fun to get my kids excited about the new school year – and I welcome any and all ideas!  Thanks!

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About deepbluetide

I am a pre-kindergarten teacher at a private christian school. I work mornings with 4 year olds (most of whom enter my class in July still being 3 - they're babies!) and then in the afternoon work "daycare" - which is basically my own class combined with 5 year old children. One things for sure - it's never dull! I had no idea growing up I would be teaching pre-k today! It took me totally off guard - but in the end I wouldn't change a thing! I have worked with children whose age range is 6 weeks through 12 years. In the end I have decided that my current age group is my favorite! And in case you were wondering - all names mentioned are changed to protect the identities of those involved. Enjoy!

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  1. oh my! I’ve got 3 weeks yet and I’m panicking. I love the first days because anything goes! Everything is so new and wonderful that it doesn’t matter what I do. I always teach the same songs and games to build community- and if I get a new student during the year I always go back and repeat those first day activities so that student is brought into group rituals.

  2. First day or first week of school ideas;

    *In each student’s goodie bag, place one piece of a puzzle. As they open their bags they discover the puzzle piece and then all must come together to make the bug picture- cute puzzle idea is to have the puzzle say something like ” we are all different but together we can accomplish anything” or something along those lines. Can be any puzzle and is great for all ages!

    *One 3×5 cards have different names of movie stars, famous people, animals, etc etc etc. As students arrive- tape or pin a card to their backs so they can not see what their card says. They must walk around the room and they can ask 5 questions from every student till they figure out who or what they are. You can tailor this for younger and older students.

    *another 3×5 card activity- called “end to end” or “rise up”. (listening activity) Each student gets a card with a prompt written on it (for example “sing the ABC’s when…, or do jumping jack’s when…). Each student’s prompt is initiated by another student’s prompt. Ex. “do the hokey pokey when you hear someone sing their ABC’s”….this continues till every student has done their prompt and is seated. You can play multiple times to see if they can do it faster! A truly hilarious game!

    A great book to read-

    “first day jitters”

    “teacher from black lagoon”

    “Do unto Otters”

    hope this helps!!!

    best of luck,

    Jen

    • p.s

      Obviously I didn’t check my spelling: some mistakes “bug picture” should be “big picture”

      “one 3×5 cards…” should be “on 3×5 cards….”

      I guess even teachers are human 🙂

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