Day 1 DONE!
Hello everyone! For my Canadian followers: Happy First Day of School - I hope that your first day back was all that you had hoped for. My wish for today was a day without rain and my wish came true! The rain held off until after bus time. Yahoo!
This morning I welcomed 18 boys and girls into my grade 1 classroom. Once again this year I have a boy heavy class. It seems our entire division is overflowing with boys. We had a great morning getting to know each other. I read First Day Jitters and we created a class graph on the smart board about our own feelings about school. I am happy to report that most children were excited to start Grade 1.
After recess I used a new activity from TPT: M&M Round Robin – Get to Know You. The kids were so excited when they found out they got to eat the M&M’s. It was a great activity for firsties because the cards had picture cues on them so that they could remember what the question was. A group of children modeled what was expected and then the children took their baggies and headed to their tables to talk about themselves and eat candy – what more could a 6 year old ask for?
Another first day activity I always do is self-portrait. They learned a short poem about the first day of school and then illustrated that poem and put it on the WOW wall. Our last special first day activity was a craftivity for The Kissing Hand. The kids trace their hand on construction paper, put a heart sticker on it and glue it to a special poem paper and take it home to mom/dad as a first day gift.
We had a packed day with fun activities, GO Noodle and a few tears as the day wound down. It is a pretty long day for 6 year olds getting used to returning to school. One surprising note from today was that not one of the kids asked when they were going to play – they did ask about toys but no one was worried that there was no play time. Let’s see how long that lasts!
How was your first day back?