Despite the heat – your kids had a great first day in grade 1 and 2 in Room 108!
I was honest with the kids as we walked into the room, that I was feeling a little nervous. It’s a new space for me, I’ve got to learn some new routines, meet the new Administrators … but by the end of the day all our jitters were gone and we were all smiles. All of a sudden, it was 3:30!!
Here’s what went down:
Morning Entry & Explore the Room - what are some things that are the same or different from your class last year? Students noticed so many things that they were familiar with! Ask about some of our centres /stations.
Read Aloud - The Night Before First Grade – oh no! What happens when you’re not in the same class as one of your best friends?
Recess Routines – we should always try to eat a healthy snack before we play; it gives you the energy you need! When outside, ask a teacher wearing an orange sash if you need help solving a problem, want a drink from the water fountain or if you have to use the washroom. Always go with a buddy!
Bathroom Routines: Because our hallway is busy with 3 kindies, a daycare room as well as 2 other HPAS rooms, we’ll be using the ‘recess bathrooms’ as our main bathrooms during the school day (the ones down near the main office).
Think / Pair / Share: If you could create a magical potion or a spell, that would make the best teacher ever, what would your teacher be? First we think quietly, just to ourselves, then we rotate on the carpet and pair up a few times to share our ideas with a small group, finally if students want to they share their thoughts with the whole group. (In this heat, one of the answers was: To have enough extendable arms so she could feed ice cream to the whole class at the same time!) *Ask your son or daughter what makes their teacher a ‘good teacher’
Read Aloud - Don't Be Silly Mrs. Millie!
Lunch Routines - students were dismissed to daycare as a group or were walked down to the lunchroom. We all sit at the same table, eat our healthy foods first, then the treats as dessert. We learned about the recycling, compost and the garbage bins. If we have any spills or make any mess, it’s our responsibility to wipe it up with the cloths provided.
Franklin Goes to School
Writing: how are you like, or not like Franklin on the first day of school?
Music with Violet
Afternoon Recess – last snack of the day or your chance to eat left overs from lunch
End of Day FREE TIME! Students had the chance to play at lots of centres in our room - listening centre, puppets, library and buddy reading, games, puzzles, bin toys, blocks ... you name it, we've got it!
*The computer centre will be open once students go to Media and get passwords.
Read Aloud - First Day Jitters; even teachers get nervousJ
For some tips on how to ask your son or daughter about the first day, check out : 25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'
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Here’s to a new school year J
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.