Well, simply because "Mrs. Kisloski's Smart Pancakes" didn't have a ring to it- I decided to go with "Mrs. Kisloski's Smart Cookies" for my Welcome Back theme.
Since our school was an old middle school, my class has lockers outside our room. I put a magnet with each child's name on each locker to help my children remember which locker is which. As we make projects to hang over the lockers, they can remember, but I still keep the magnet inside the locker for help or in between projects. Heaven forbid there is nothing over their locker and their locker isn't labeled! They won't have any part of it. ;)
I am going to have these "You are one smart cookie!" cookies at each seat for our Kindergarten Picnic . (The cookies are Little Debbie chocolate chip cream cookies, so they are already individually wrapped, then wrapped again in the bag. )
I found the wonderful free printables from The Teacher Wife TPT Store.
We have the picnic a week before school starts. Our Principal cooks hotdogs outside, and the families can see the rooms. This is also when I am handing out the name packets.
If everyone comes in that first day writing his/her name beautifully, I will be sure to
Last year, I started back to school with a STAR theme. I decided to go the cookie route because... YUM. And we do lots of activities with cookies those first few days.
We always play "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar" to learn names.
Cookie Monster sits on my lap and eats the cookie at the end, of course.
These cupcakes would be precious- but the "nailed it" look would be mine, so they aren't happening.
We also do lots of activities with these:
Cookie Monster is always nearby watching and seeing who are SMART COOKIES!
(Great introduction to Days of the Week- and retelling!)
A Child's Place offers this sequencing activity free to go along with Cookie's Week.
This Listening and Language Book Unit by K. Ratliff has LOTS of activities to go with Cookie's Week.
Doodle Bugs Teaching also has a great packet on TPT!
Here are some favorite activities for this book:
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas always has so many awesome ideas. I always go to Bern and I am always amazed. Thank you, Bern! I love her ideas, too, because a lot of them are easy to make yourself!
Rachel D. has a great counting/ beginning letter freebie at her TPT store!
These free printables are available at Suite101.
Stuff from Steff has a great free cookie counting activity for this book.
Rachel Friedrich has a wonderful free emergency sub plan unit for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!
Of course Pinterest is FULL of boards for ideas for this story! There just isn't enough time in the year for all of them... ;)