I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! It was my first week back with my new, sweet, class. Well, not even a full week- only Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with the kids. It only FELT like a full week! You choose the correct visual:
Here is an overview of my classroom this year that I took this morning just for fun. I guess I've never put a picture of my room on here before.
You'll notice blowers... Again, this was only for the one hour picnic at night- NOT the first day of school. Even then, I would rethink blowers. It did, however, make the kids HAPPY and excited for school, so I guess it was a win! It also made parents not want to stay forever in the room with all that honking, so people moved right in and out. I didn't even plan that, but... The crowns were a quiet hit.
Yesterday, we made school buses, so I traded out the Happy New Year for the school buses. I keep a picture of each child on his/her locker so they remember which one is their locker. It's HARD to have a locker when you are five! They do great with it.
One of my favorite moments from the Kindergarten Picnic was that I saw this picture from it on someone's Facebook page (that I don't even know), with my bulletin board in the background. Look at that precious little minion!
The kids had a ball making them, and they're SO easy and fun to make. They were so excited to go home and tell mom and dad that they had ALL of their friends in their backpacks! I had to feel a LOT of muscles to be sure they were strong enough to carry ALL of their friends.
The part hanging down tucks right up under the top flap, and it looks just like a little backpack! I let them choose the color of the handle- and this little guy said, "How did you know pink is my FAVORITE color?!"
You could put any picture inside- rhyming, Christmas wishlist pictures, pets, sight words... Dr. Jean suggested that you send it home for the children to put a family picture inside and keep that at school with them, in case they ever get a little homesick. What a sweet idea !
Click on the picture to go see some of my favorites.
We used this morning message this first week. They already have it down!