It’s hard to believe summer is almost over. I can practically hear the groans from my kids right now! But going back to school doesn’t have to be a bummer. With some creativity and fun, you can help introduce the kids to their new classmates, classroom, and you.
Where’s Mr./Mrs. Waldo? In mid-August, mail your class a postcard with a photo of you during your break. Ask students to try and figure out where you went and have them bring their ideas with them on the first day of school.
Name word search. Create a word search with all the kids’ names on it and have it and a pencil on each desk when they arrive the first day. Have students work on this as everyone is getting settled in their seats. They’ll begin learning names and will hopefully help each other complete the task and avoid the awkwardness that can come with the first day.
A twist on ‘what did you do this summer?’ Create a scavenger hunt sheet with a summer activity listed in each box. Explain to the kids that they need to get a signature in each box, so they should find someone, who “Read a good book” or “Went to the zoo” or “Planted a garden.”
Stop time. Create a time capsule the first week of school to show the changes that many kids don’t even notice during a school year. Include a first day of school photo, a list of their favorite things, three goals for the school year, and any trinkets that represent themselves. Let them open it the last day of school.
Show unity and individuality. Create puzzle pieces on a large piece of poster board, enough for one each per student and one for you, the teacher. Have the students decorate the piece with their names, and pictures and words that describe them. Put the puzzle together as an activity that demonstrates the importance of each child’s contribution to the class.
A fun break. Everyone needs a brain break, especially during the first days of school. Pick a fun song to put on and let the kids spontaneously dance and get their blood flowing. Who knows? If the kids love it, this could become a normal part of your daily schedule.
I spy with my little eye. Play a game of I Spy in the classroom. Create a fillable sheet with each line beginning with a letter of the alphabet. A ____________, B______________, for example. Have the kids look around and explore the classroom, filling in the sheet appropriately. It’ll get them comfortable in their new surroundings.
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