What a fabulous first day! We started our morning with our lovely "Cozy Parent Reading Morning." The goal of this time is to give the children an opportunity to listen to experienced readers. We will have this time for the first 10 minutes of school every Tuesday and Thursday for the duration of the school year, unless I email you to let you know we will not be able to have it. We are really fortunate to have one of our mommies offer to be a special parent reader on these mornings. If for some reason you are not able to make it for a particular morning, she will be the reader for your child. She will probably have a small group of kids cuddling up to her while she reads! As a bonus, she not only is an adorable mommy, but she is also an art teacher in our district! How fun! We followed with a favorite first day of kindergarten book, "The Kissing Hand." I hope this didn't bring too many tears to mommies and daddies eyes!
As a went on a frog hunt, and detective frogs had left clues for us to help us know where another froggy might be hiding! The frogs led us to our classroom bathroom, our snack/lunch tables, our playground equipment, the school library, office, and the principal's office! At each place along the way, we learned the rules for those spaces. Speaking of rules, we also worked on some silent signals today so that we can share our thoughts without disturbing our neighbors. When we know a story that is being read, we show a "secret thumbs up." This is a thumbs up that we hold close to our hearts. We also have other signals: one finger for the need to use the restroom, 2 is for tissue, 3 is for a pencil, 4 is for a drink of water, and 5 fingers is for sharing an idea or asking a question.
We had an assembly with the whole school out on the big playground, and then we walked back for snack recess. The children learned that we had three sinks to use in order to wash our hands, and then the children got their snacks out of their cubbies and took them to their snack table spots to eat. The children were particularly great about asking which container to place their trash. We have some wonderful recyclers on our hands! We blew the whistle and practiced freezing before picking up our toys and then lining up at our classrooms, with hands behind our backs. We double checked our table for trash or containers before going in for a second story. We read "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten." We noticed that a lot of what happened in this story are things that happened to us. This is what we call a "Text to Self Connection," and is an important part of reading comprehension.
We then were introduced to our Kindergarten portfolios, and we drew our first self-portrait. It will be really fun to see how our drawing and writing grows and changes throughout the year. Once we finished our self-portraits, we learned how to use our "Discovery Choice Time" Board.
The kids then learned our clean up schedule, and we practiced our end of the day procedures. All the children safely got to where they needed to go! Yay! What a great first day!