Ready or not here we come. The first day of kindergarten. I will assume the role of “teacher” to 27 new friends.
This means I automatically become something and someone to 27 little people. What and who… is all up to the first few days.
Here is how I lay out my stuff in order to roll out my first day of kindergarten.
I begin by writing down my lesson plans in a list form and wear it like a bracelet. I use a list format since I honestly don’t know how long things will take with this new group.
This is also the reason I put my “or at least plan to” disclaimer out there for the plans.
I know what I want to accomplish and create a good order that will allow for tons of movement opportunities and things broken up into 15 minute chunks.
The night before I have my first read aloud, which is one of my social stories about our classroom restroom, out and visible on my easel.
There is always someone who has to go to the bathroom within the first 15 minutes of kindergarten. Always.
I teach it early and right up front so we can start off with the right habits and expectations.
I keep the rest of our stories tucked behind in a magazine file holder/book bin.
I keep a couple of teaching icons and procedural materials tucked into some of the books since I’ll need to have access to them later in the day.
I have three social stories that I read. I will read these almost every day for our first week and use them to re-teach the second week or to work with students one-on-one.
It helps me from having to herd them all like cats, all day long.
Students can live through my actions and visualize themselves doing the steps. I tried to hit the most multi-step parts of our day (like getting folders ready) and the things we need to usually practice the most.
We have a special note taped into the back of our second trade book read aloud for the day.
It’s a letter from Pete the Cat inviting us to go on school tour to come and find him as we check out our building. I love using this to practice hallway procedures and to add movement into our afternoon.
He leaves us a coloring page and I add a certificate on the back where students use the space to write their names.
I’m prepared to take attendance before we enter the building since we congregate outside the first few days of school. I’ve got my class list with first names so that I can mark them off as I meet or re-meet them.
I have blank name tags in my clip so that I can label anyone who didn’t come with one we sent home in the mail.
This helps get me off to a good start making sure I’ll have everyone and be able to call out names those first few minutes before I absolutely have every name to a face down pat.
That’s what I’ve got in snapshots so you can get a feel for our first day. If you want to read our day in detail then check out my entire first day of kindergarten lesson plans then you can read about.
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