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Facebook Twitter / to welcome your students... Tools vs. toys and other bts ideas. Chrysanthemum. Treasure hunt/recipe for success. I remember several of my “first days of school” very vividly.

treasure hunt/recipe for success

When I think back to my own school days, I remember walking into a new classroom, smelling of fresh paint and floor polish. The walls were bright and colorful. When I saw my name on the carefully organized desks and workbooks, I knew I was where I belonged. I was always excited to start school. Meeting a new teacher. As a teacher, I now know just how much preparation goes into that first day of school. For all you other teachers out there, or those of you who wish to revisit your own school days, this post is for you! Welcome to my classroom on the first day of school! Familiarizing a New Environment Many children are nervous and unsure of their new classroom surroundings.

Put clipart of an old map behind your writing and blow the printing up to fit a large piece of paper. One treasure map is shared between 3 children. Classroom Rules Work togetherDo your bestEncourage othersBe a good exampleGive a helping hand Recipe for Success. CAFE book. Get to Know You Necklace. I have a feeling you are going to like this one based on the response from the Ready Confetti activity.

Get to Know You Necklace

Again, this is not my original idea. I saw it, spruced it up and I now present it to you to enjoy. This is one of my very favorite first day activities. It's a glyph necklace! The kids follow a glyph to pick beads and then create a necklace with them. In the glyph above, I used sports beads, stars and letters. If you don't dig the necklace, you can always make bracelets, keychains or zipper pulls for backpacks. I stick to necklaces and the kids wear them FOR-EV-ER! This link will take you to the directions in a PDF just the way you see them above. This link will take you to a copy in Word that may funkify the fonts so you might have to fix it up. I hope you enjoy this one and I thank you so very much for hanging out with me in my little corner of this big, giant blogosphere~it means the world to me!

1st day picture frame. Math folder replacement. Name Patterns. I love doing this patterning activity at the beginning of the helps some students learn the letter names in their names...and it is OH, SO COLORFUL!

Name Patterns

I use a 6 x 6 inch grid and write the students' names with a black marker. Then we color each letter of their name a different color (one letter at a time)..they love looking at their patterns and comparing them to others with the same/different amount of letters in their names. Time Filler Idea: "Guess Who?" Cards. What do you do when there are five minutes left in class?

Time Filler Idea: "Guess Who?" Cards

One of my favorite quick activities is “Guess Who?” Cards. Give each student a recipe card and have her write about ten facts about herself. This can include favorites such as food, color or television show or any other interesting facts. When you have a few minutes left in class, choose a card and read one of the facts. Thanks for stopping by, Back to School. I know most of us would love to prolong our summer vacations, but let's get real.

Back to School

Back to school is just a few short weeks away. If you're like me (and I know you are), you are a planner. So I've put together a Back to School Success Kit. I can't take credit for every idea in the kit; I scoured the web for the best of the best ideas. Here's what's inside: ·First Day of School Checklist ·Weekly Planner ·Procedures & Routines ·Routines ·Supply Labels.