Here are a couple of my favorites!
I LOVE this one:
This is a fun early year writing activity book and the illustrations are great:
This is a fun story about Kindergarten:
I love Kevin Henkes books- and any of those are fabulous choices. Chrysanthemum is a fun story for introducing names. We revisit this book a few times during the year. The first week it will be before we introduce our name chart. Later, after we do our "crumpled heart" lesson on kindness, we read this story again and crumple a Chrysanthemum picture each time someone says something mean about her name. Afterward, we show how we can try to straighten out the picture, but it is still crumpled and hurt, just like our feelings when someone is mean. It can be made "better" by apologizing- but never quite the same as before. :( Makes me sort of sad just thinking about it!
Another one I use is this one:Eric Carle. :) Second, after we read this, I talk about how the spider couldn't be disturbed while he was busy spinning his web. I have a little spider beanbag that I leave on my reading table while I am working with a reading group, so my independent center workers know that when that is on my table, I am busy like the very busy spider and can't be disturbed. It is just one more way to try to explain to them to work independently and save questions for me until I am not a busy spider!
(Mine is a little smaller and made of felt, but you get the idea! :)
And of course...
(These aren't mine either- it is a google image picture of the cookies that I keep inside my book for the idea. :)This is great for a first day special snack- AND because my name is Mrs. Kisloski, I have a poster made with three pictures- a Hershey kiss, children singing with a speech bubble saying "la", and a child skiing. I made the kids practice "Kiss-la-ski" and we have fun with that. SO after they master my name, and I tell them that is one of the HARDEST things in Kindergarten they will have to learn, and we have read The Kissing Hand, we enjoy the cookies! I love to joke with them that it is a good thing my name isn't "Mrs. Spinachlaski or Mrs. Brusselsproutlaski" or it wouldn't be so delicious!
I don't let them get away with "Mrs. K." because I don't want them to forget my name when they try to look back years down the road! :) They are amazing at it, by the way- much better than their parents! Ha! It just doesn't seem that hard to me- but for some reason people love to stick a "louse" in there- like "Kis-louse-ski". Nope. No "w" and no picture of a louse on my chart! ewwww.
I tried something this year for the first time and love it. I used it for Kindergarten Orientation already, and will be using it the first day of school. I had my class this year make a classroom book of favorite Kindergarten things for my new class. Each page said, "You will love the ___________." Each child chose a different fun part of Kindergarten, like colored blocks, housekeeping, centers, computers, snacks, rug, and the last page, of course, I saved for " the techer." I don't care how it was spelled. That was my favorite! :) It turned out so sweet. I didn't take pictures of this book yet- because I read it to my Orientation kids without being laminated and it is now being laminated, but you can get the idea! It was a great conversation starter for the new children. The "rug" page illustration was exactly like my rug, and I could have the children guess what the written word was from the picture and things like that. Lots of fun.
I also just wrote a post of favorite books I use for writing activities and journals. I have lots of these all set for emergency sub plans or those extra, unexpected chunks of time, too.
:) Thanks for visiting!