Monday, September 1, 2008
First Day Project
I like to try to send something home in each child's hot little hand on the first day, so this is what I sent this year.
After a quick circle time where I try to get everyone sitting "criss cross applesauce" (using Herm, of course) and a story (Usually Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle), I let the kids go play. Because let's face it, play is all they really want to do at the beginning! So while they are playing, I circulate around, getting to know them, helping to solve problems, keeping voices at the "inside voice" level. While I am doing this, my aide calls the students one at a time to paint their handprint and place it on the paper of their choice. I have a large variety of colors available and have the tags with the poem already tied on. This year I used raffia for the tying. In the past I have usually used roving yarn, but we have a shortage of roving yarn at my school, and I have a giant box of raffia left over from the 90's just begging to be used up!
The poem says:
Welcome, welcome, school has begun.
Time for work. Time for fun.
I use my hands for fun and play
School has started just today.
So, what do you do on the first day of school?