Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First Day of School Poem and Craft

I needed a nice little poem for the Kgraders to bring home on the first day of school.  You know the kind that rips a parent's heart out.  Well when I wrote it I bawled so if you shed a bit of a tear don't be surprised. 
I will print one for each student on card stock and then have paint their hand and place a print on the paper.  Tada.  A very special take home for the first day of school.  Hope you enjoy.  Angie K

Friday, August 10, 2012

App Review Friday
-Futaba Classroom Games I can't wait to try this our in my classroom. Use the premade games or make your own with only a few minutes of prep. Up to four children can play at a time making this a great game for a small group and allows you differentiate the games according to student needs. One group can be matching upper to lower case letters while another group can be mathching shapes to their names.

Here's the direct link to the Apple App Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/futaba-classroom-games-for/id487979995?mt=8To start the year I'm setting up a game to match upper-case letters to lower-case letters. We'll go from there.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Before School Open House = Fun

At my school we do a little Kindergarten Open House before the first day of school.  We send out little invitations and get ready for a great time to meet the children and their families.
Here's one you can modify.  We let them bring their supplies so that we can get them organized before the first day.

When they get to the Open House we take their picture so we can make a big poster with our class chant on it for our bulletin board at the front of the room.  They have something that shows their beautiful face the first day of school. 

They also go on a little "Treasure Hunt" around the room to get familiar with their surroundings.  Here is the their task sheet for when they come in: Welcome To Kindergarten

Before they leave we also like to get  parent volunteer sign ups for the year.  We will have another All School Open House a few weeks into the year to complete the sign up process but this helps to get things started.