Hey ya’ll! If I had to sum up our first week in one word, it would be AWESOME. What a fun group of kiddos!
Not one tear was shed on the first day of school! That NEVER happens in kindergarten! They all came in ready to have some fun and learn some new things:)
On our first day, we started with play dough. One of our first goals this year is to be able to identify, spell, and correctly write our names. What better way to start than with playdough! Here are a few pictures of our playdough names:
Another highlight of the first day was reading Pete the Cat Rocking His School Shoes. When we got to the last page, we noticed Pete the Cat had left us a note! The note lead us on a wild goose chase (aka tour) of the whole church. Each place we would find had another note from Pete giving us a clue for where to look for him next. We visited the gym, the playground, Ms. Lindee’s office, the first aide room, Ms. Pam’s office and back to our classroom. When we got to or classroom Pete the Cat had left us a goldfish snack! The kids were determined all week to find/trap and even hunt this cat😂. Here are some pictures from our adventure:
Traci Hencke, Addyson’s mom, made personalized capes for all of the kids to use in our classroom this year! We are going to have specific times in our day where they can do some “super” work with their capes on.
Lunch the first day was fun!
On Wednesday, we read Pete the Cat Loves His White Shoes. We went over scissor procedures and got to practice some cutting for the first time!
We also read the story Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henckes (I made a mistake on the authors name on the note home 🙈, I blame first week tiredness..). Every time something unkind was said to Chrysanthemum, we wrinkled our paper hearts. When the story was over, we flattened out our hearts the best we could. We had a great conversation about how even if we apologize for unkind things, they still leave wrinkles that won’t go away. We introduced honor and talked about the three key components of honor in our classroom.
1. We treat each other as special.
2. We do more than is expected.
3. We have a good attitude.
I was surprised at how quickly the kiddos caught on and the compassion they showed while reading the story. You could tell that the fact that Chrystanthemum was getting made fun of was really bothering them!
Here we practiced sorting words, sentences, and letters.
On Thursday, we discovered that Pete the Cat had snuck into our room while we were gone! Sneaky cat!
Then we got to practice reading some sentences and made our very own Pete the Cats!
Next week, we will move into learning our normal schedule. We will have our first sight words, continue to practice our names, have our first memory verse, continue to learn about each other, start math and literacy centers, and we will learn all about the letter Aa.
I feel so blessed to teach your kids! Please never hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!
Have a great weekend!
Here are a few more fun pictures: