Well it has been a long journey fellow readers but the Bowen’s have moved from Kenai, Alaska back to their home state of Michigan.  Of course I am still teaching kindergarten so the All-Stars legacy continues to live on!

I have moved to a school that has reopened after 3 years of being closed.  It is an international baccalaureate elementary school.  It is super exciting as we are learning how to be global citizens, inquirers, and all classes will have 30 minutes of Spanish instructions everyday.  I only had a week and a half but I able to set up the new room on time!

The first day of school parents got to come at the end of the half day and join the students in a scavenger hunt looking for important places in the classroom.

 

For the second day of school students got to have their first experience at exploration centers.  In exploration centers students get to move freely throughout the room and choose activities that they investigate different learning skills.  In extension centers students can choose from the classroom library, art center, math manipulative tubs, block center, writing center, science center, community center, and computers.

For art center students work on first day of kindergarten headbands.  Writing center had students tracing lines and drawing pictures on whiteboards with dry erase markers.  In the science center students did a sorting science tools folder game.  In the community center students sorted pictures into their correct beginning sound on a pocket chart.  Finally at the blocks center, students put together puzzles foam letter puzzles and got to build with wooden blocks.

For a read aloud today we read the story, The Night Before Kindergarten and made It’s the First Day of School, I feel… art activity.  This activity can be found here.