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.
It has been a fun and exciting summer moving myself to a brand new city and school! I am now teaching solely kindergarten this year and all kindergarten classes are split up into 2 groups. One part of the class goes to school in the morning and the other part of the class goes in the afternoon. This is to help get students used to coming to school if they have never been before. We spent a lot of time the first day on procedures and school expectations. However in Mr. Bowen’s class we do have some fun activities planned for this week. Students came in with all of their supplies and as a school policy we keep their supplies in the class and share them. We had the students and parents sort the supplies so they are all ready to be stored and accessed when needed.
When talking about rules and procedures we read the story “No David!” by David Shannon. We discussed rules that David broke at home and talked about they applied to the rules at school. Then we started on making David Popsicle stick puppets. When they are all finished we will use the puppets to retell the story. I got the David puppets from here!
For those of you who are new to teaching, laying out / designing your classroom can be a bit intimidating. Here are some pictures of what my previous classrooms looked like on the first day of school. The key is not to put too much up on the first day. Make enough space to allow for your instruction to guide the displays. If you put too much up, you’ll find students can be over-whelmed.
2013 – 2014 – K-1 Classroom
2012 – 2013 – Kindergarten Classroom
2011 – 2012 K -1 Classroom