We survived the first week...let me rephrase that...I survived the first week! Students seemed to enjoy it very much.
We have been going over our rituals and routines and they seem to be getting better at it, as long as we keep practicing they will become masters in no time. What seemed hard to accomplish on the first day was a piece of cake by Friday!
We started our week by reading The Kissing Hand - Un beso en mi mano. This is one of the sweetest read alouds out there. Students can connect to it right away and it gets them talking about their feelings...great way to start getting to know each other!
Then we went over crayon sharing expectations and did our first coloring activity of the year! I plan on saving these to put in their portfolios at the end of the year. I know parents will love to see how their kids coloring has changed.
You can grab this FREEBIE at the end of the post :)
We also practiced using scissors and glue...what a challenge! If you are about to take on this challenge let me just tell you how important it is to talk about your expectations over and over and over...and over. Discuss how to hold the glue, how to open it, close it, where to put it away. There are many resources out there to teach students to use glue but we used this freebie by Tracie Penn
Later in the week we began learning all about number 1. It was great to see that most of my kiddos were ready to learn and it seemed like a piece of cake! I always enjoy using these sheets to review numbers because I can also teach my "English only" students words in Spanish like perro and estrella.
It certainly looks like it's going to be a wonderful year! How's your school year going?