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Sunday, August 5, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten Plans

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! To each and every one of you who left such amazing comments full of experience and wisdom! I read every one... several times and then formulated a plan.

First stop Wal-Mart. I figured I would spend about $50 on some "essential items" for the first week. Then I went to Barnes and Noble for a few new books as I doubted I would be able to find any "Back to School" books in our local library or the school library.  About $150 later....

What I bought at Wal-Mart: Desk Plates, Name tags, pencils, erasers, a jump rope, playdoh, pencils, sentence strips, file folders, goldfish crackers, band-aids, sandwich bags, folders, black ink, and postcards.

What I bought at Barnes & Noble: The Kissing Hand, Pete the Cat Rocking his School Shoes, and Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook. Just a note here.... book in the store cost DOUBLE what they cost online. I was SOOOO not happy!

I pulled somethings I had from home... air freshener, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Chicka Chicka 123, and tempera paint.

I made cake mix playdoh AFTER I bought some cuz I heard about magic playdoh. But then as I was bagging the playdoh I recalled the "must be store bought rule" - I am gonna go with the theory that since they aren't eating it and it shouldn't be leaving the plastic bags, we are good!

This is my "going home tri-fold board" made out of a file folder and duct tape. The last column is for daycare riders but most kids I know hate this term so I am debating what to call it. I was so tempted to write "other" until my youngest said "does that mean I can fly home?" Ummm... nope! Still not possible.

So many of you recommended this linky party and I can't thank you enough! Seriously, if you are looking for some FAB-U-LOUS ideas for any level of elementary school classroom I recommend you check out this site. My third and fourth graders have been LOVING everything that I have come up with for my tiny Kindergarteners. They have also insisted upon trying out every book, coloring page etc...

So my first day (two days!) lesson plans are below. I made mine in a checklist format as I have no clue what our schedule will look like. When do we go to lunch? Do the kids have a rest period? How many times a day for recess? So... this is the best I could do with the given circumstances.

This is basically a list of all the great ideas I received in the comments yesterday and from the various blogs I stalked. Clicking on any of the pictures will take you directly to their site for expert advice!

~ Greet Parents & Students at the door
~ Name tags – names and how std is going home
~ Stack supplies on back counter (will deal with at lunch or after school)
~ Backpacks go on back of chairs.
~ Stds can pick a seat anywhere (first day only)
~ Magic Playdoh – Did yours turn colors? It did?! Wow! That only happens if the person using it is going to have a great year.
~ Attendance
~ Announcements
~ Lunch Count
~ Teach morning routine – how to come into class, what to do, where to go. Practice ala Daily 5. Go out and come in.
~ Hickety Pickety Get to Know You Movement/Song

Hickety pickety bumblebee, 
won't you say your name for me? 
(Child says name.) 
Let's whisper it! 
Let's clap it! 
Let's cheer it! 
Repeat with next student. 

~ Teach signals for being quiet
~ Teach WBT Classroom rules
~ Teach bathroom procedure - Bathroom Breaks
~ Coloring Page

~ Teach lineup procedure
~ Snack
~ Teach how to come to the carpet and sit during storytime
~ Read Pete the Cat Rocking my School Shoes

~ Teach how to use crayons and pencils
~ 2 options – draw yourself rocking your school shoes or draw yourself doing something at school while rocking your school shoes
~ Teach how to put away supplies
~ School Tour – Find Pete?
~ Classroom Tour
~ Guidance Counselor visit? Principal visit?
~ Read the Kissing Hand
 ~ Make Heart handprints
~ Lunch/Recess
~ Rest
~ How to ask for help
~ Read Desk Fairy
~ Talk about how to keep desks clean
~ Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
 ~ Make first name letters 

~ Take First day of school pictures

So this is an insanely long post already and I have things to do to get ready for tomorrow. I promise to be back with my Pete the Cat freebies that I made as a Thank You!

More tomorrow if I am still alive!

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At August 5, 2012 at 7:31 PM , Blogger Lisa R. said...

Great first day plans!! It sounds like you are ready to go! :)
Learning Is Something to Treasure

At August 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM , Blogger Mrs. Ziegler said...

Thanks for linking up Misty! These plans are FABULOUS:) I am your newest follower!

Teaching with Z

At August 5, 2012 at 7:59 PM , Blogger vicky1970 said...

Misty - it all looks great...when do you start? Maybe I missed it in your post...sorry. I have 10 days until kids come. :o)Good luck, you'll do great!
Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

At August 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Mrs. Payton said...

I really like that CCBB idea! Hope your day goes well!

At August 5, 2012 at 8:06 PM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Good luck, Misty :) All of your ideas look fantastic!

At August 5, 2012 at 8:14 PM , Blogger Mrs. Lundquist said...

Sounds like you are ready! If all else fails to get their attention a little rhyme...
"Open them, shut them, open them, shut them (model)
Give a little clap! (clap!)
Open them, shut them, open them, shut them,
Fold them in your lap! (model)
Creep them, creep them up to your chin (model)
Open your mouth and don't let them in! (open your mouth!)
Now, fold them in your lap again! "

Works every time! Even with first and second! ;)

At August 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM , Blogger vicky1970 said...

Oh my gosh Misty - first off - CONGRATS!!! You will do great - tell us how it goes I can't wait to hear all about it. They will ALL love you parents, kids, staff, etc. xoxo

At August 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM , Blogger Ms. Chrissy B said...

Oh my God. I've been out of the loop this week, but I just read your last few posts and I am actively praying for you. You are a brave, brave woman and should receive a medal like the Olympians do. Have fun with the littles!!

Buzzing with Ms. B

At August 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM , Blogger Mrs D said...

Sounds like you're ready to go! You definitely have enough for the first day. Were you able to get into the classroom this weekend?

I forgot to mention yesterday, take LOTS of pictures, not just first day posed ones! You'll want some for your portfolio, for the teacher who takes over if it's not you, and to share with all of us! (but probably best no student faces, would you like it if someone was posting pictures of your kids without permission?)

Good Luck!!

At August 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Suzy Q said... are ready! I think you'll be surprised when at the end of the day you have about five things checked off your plans. I always look at the previous year's plans to get started and wonder what we did all day since it looks like it would take thirty minutes!

At August 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Susie Q said...

Way to go and good luck! Also, when you begin teaching you will be bombarded with Scholastic book order catalogs. They are another way to get books cheap, and once you build up enough bonus points, even FREE!

Learning With Susie Q

At August 6, 2012 at 12:30 AM , Blogger M said...

Good on you Misty! Good Luck.
Know that you have teachers across the globe (I'm in Australia) praying for you. It is going to be really busy, but remember to have fun and stay positive with the kids.
You are amazing!!! :D

At August 6, 2012 at 1:21 AM , Blogger Christina said...

You could use "After School Care" in place of "Day Care." My daughter chose to describe her program with that terminology rather than admit she was still attending "day care." Good luck on your first day!

At August 6, 2012 at 3:54 PM , Blogger Heathan said...

All of our Day Care kids get picked up in vans so I label that column "Van Riders". I really like Christina's After School Care suggestion, too.


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