Does the first day of Kindergarten scare you?
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Don't let it! Here are some tips on how to deal with things that will happen so you too CAN survive! You will be beat and need a shower but if that's the worst that happens you are on the road to success!
1. Parents will want to stay. Let them stay as long as you are comfortable. When you are ready for them to leave... simply tell your class to all kiss their families and wave goodbye... literally say that and have all the kids do it. It's the most polite way to say ok, we are moving on with our day! Remember, these are peoples' children and for many this is their first day of school ever! They want to be involved so give them that chance, it will pay off in the end!
3. Kid's will not stay where you put them. For many kids this is their first time in school and they don't understand sitting at circle time. Know upfront that you will have to snatch them with ENGAGEMENT in order to take their mind off of all the temptations in your room! Singing and dancing always help here.
4. In the AM you prepare the kids for lunch, and in the PM you prepare the kids for dismissal. For me, if that's how my first day goes I am happy. These two concepts are really difficult to understand for our little learners and so take the time to practice, practice, practice. This will make those two times much easier!
5. Start your normal routine on Day 2. You can plan for the normal routine on Day 1, but let's be real.... it won't happen that way! It never does. So just go with the flow, throw in some books, sing some easy songs and poems. If you try to plan a fun activity like hand prints for The Kissing Hand etc, you will go a little crazy trying to manage 22 kinders while you help with 1 kinder with paint or stamp on their hands! (Unless you have aide time but most of us don't have that any more.) Do, however, plan some center time! Just put manipulatives out on the tables and rotate those bins not the kids. This will allow you time to breathe, stuff backpacks, and fill out any requests you may get that need to be done before they leave. Play some music during this time the kids can sing to!
7. Kids won't know their own name, let alone yours! Click back to Simply Centers for some ideas on how to label your kids! Oh... and how to be super careful about how they go home!
8. Parents will want to know how they did. One way I manage this is by sending home a positive note right out of the gates! I have them premade with several general comments on them... I even copy them so some kids get the same ones. Click below the image to get yours for free (kindergarten and preschool are both in the set!) I am excited to see him tomorrow!" This will eliminate some of those questions for you!
Click here to see my post on how to survive the first hours of kindergarten!
Please feel free to leave any other wisdom or ideas so we can all SURVIVE the first day of K!
Our fearless leader, Debbie, had a TON of resources to get your year off on the right foot!
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