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My typical first day looks like this (routines, routines, routines!!!):
7:20 - Student begin arriving. I show them where to hang their bags. My para will grab and begin sorting all supplies & comfort children. I talk with parents (briefly). I MAKE SURE I KNOW HOW THEY WILL GET HOME (the MOST important thing)!! I calm any nerves (by giving lots of hugs). Student usually color something while everyone arrives:) My goal is to get parents out by announcements! (click on images to go to those pages:)
8:00 - Anouncements: I will begin explaining (while the principal talks) who he is & that this will happen every day. I encourage them to watch me, so they know what to do (model, model, model:).
8:10 - CAMP (specials) - this is the first time I have had kinders begin with CAMP - YIKES! Not sure how we will handle this, but typically afterannouncements, we go to the cafeteria (all together) to learn how to go through the breakfast line - we do this for a week. After that, they are on their own when they arrive. Then, a potty break.
9:00-10:00 - Getting to know you activitiy: we sit in a circle on the carpet. We take turns tossing the squishy ball to one another to tell a little about ourselves - I begin: I am Mrs. Fulbright. My favorite color is purple. I like to eat shrimp! Then, each child has the same chance. If there is time before lunch, we will practice lining up at the door & walking down the hall & look over our daily picture schedule!!
10:30-11:00 - Lunch
11:00-11:30 - Potty break.
11:30-12:00 - Making our Classroom & Playground Rules
12:00 - Recess
12:30-1:00 - Tour of Our School
1:00-1:45 - First Day of school Sheet/Owl "all about me" activity
from Teacher Bits & Bobs
1:45-2:00 - Story time (learning to care for books) "No David" is always a great one to break the ice and make the children feel comfortable:)
2:00-2:45 - Other procedures - We model, then have them practice; model, practice, model, practice... (morning procedures when they first come in; restroom procedures; using supplies, etc.)
2:45 - Snack Time
3:00 - Early dismissal/ extra outside time
3:30 - Final dismissal (HALLELUJAH)!!! Watch them closely to make SURE they do not wander from bus or car lines...LOL!!!
***One IMPORTANT note: things may never go exactly as planned, fit things in as you can on the first day... if you do not get to it, move it to the next day - DO NOT sweat over it!! :) ***
I STRONGLY encourage establishing good rituals and routines before beginning instruction with the students. I have always gotten great compliments on the behaviors of the students (being engaged) as they know exactly what to do... this should be evident throughout the remainder of the school year. If you teach them NOW, it will be a breeze the rest of the year... :):)
BEST OF LUCK on your first days back!!! :)