The first day of school is always a very exciting and busy day! We
try to take lots of pictures as the children arrive. These are very
special pictures that we always like to include in our scrapbook and end
of the year slide show. Most of the children arrive wearing their
name tags that they were given at the Kindergarten Tea (orientation) the
day before. If they don't have a name tag that tells us how they
will be going home, then we make sure that this is recorded somewhere on
their name tags.
The following are some
of the things that we try to do the first day of school. We don't
always get to everything. There is never enough time to do all the things that we would
like to do!
First Day Headbands
Another fun idea that was
given to us by Danielle Dunlap. This was for the
"First Day of Kindergarten"
headbands. These were made using the following pattern and a rubber
band was attached where you see the X. This makes it possible to use
a regular 12x18 piece of paper and have it fit all sizes of heads!
The eyes were made
with glitter paint. The kids all looked so cute wearing them on the
first day of school!
The day before school
starts I place pictures of all the animals in the story in all the key
locations that I want to visit. I put one in the
custodian room, another in the office, the nurse's office, the principal's
office, the library, the speech and language teacher's room, our Reading
Buddies room, etc. Then on the first day I tell the children that all of the
animal have come to school to visit us. But, the animals are hiding!
As we tour the school, we find each animal, At each stop, I introduce each of the
staff members to the students.
(Make sure you have a
master plan written down to remember the order of the animals
and where you put them!)
These are the picture cards
that I use for our Brown Bear tour of the school. I printed each
picture, mounted on blue construction paper and then laminated the page.
These colored pictures are
available for purchase with the Brown Bear Shape book pictured below.
Brown Bear Shape Book
This is a great little book to
teach shapes and colors with the story of Brown Bear. There is a PDF
black line copy of each story page shown here. There is an
additional pattern page for each of the characters with all the different
basic shapes. All together, there are 18 masters and a cover
included to make the 8 1/2 x 11 inch size book.
This is a sample page showing the
Brown Bear circle pattern page. There is a new page for each character
with dotted lines to show the shape.
is a sample page showing the Brown Bear circle pattern page. There is a
new page of cut out patterns for each of the different characters. This
page can be copied on brown construction paper for the children to cut out and
glue to Brown Bear's body. Or, you could have the children color the shape
with crayon and then glue to the character's body.
This book can be copied and
bound (stapled) before coloring. I send it to our reprographics
department and have it stapled together on the left side. This avoids
having to collate all of the pages of each child's book after it is
Included in the Brown Bear
1. Brown Bear Shape book
with 19 black line masters to copy and use.
2. Brown Bear Tour -- 11
colored pictures of all of the characters with children and teacher
If you are interested in purchasing
the Brown Bear Shape book, it is available for $20. I will send a link to access the Brown
Bear Shape book after payment is made. You may use Paypal or pay by check
or money order. If you would like to pay by check, please
let me know by email.
fun idea for the first day is "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?"
This is a great little book that we read, and then we use the following
game to learn the names of the students in the class. This is also a
big help to the teacher in learning the students' names at the beginning
of the year! We play this game each day for the first few weeks of
school to reinforce the names of everyone in the class.
A flannel board set is also available to go along with this
book and game.