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Sunday, July 15, 2012

First Day of School Linky Party

Psyched to be in 2nd!

Molly at Psyched to be in 2nd is having a "First Day of School linky".  I think we're all thinking about that first day with dread and excitement at the same time. Sigh. Good-bye Matt Lauer. It was nice seeing you again. But hello new school year, full of hope and potential! It's like a clean slate. 
You Are Special (Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition) (Max Lucado's Wemmicks)
So on the first day of school, I am planning to put away the majority of our supplies in the "tool boxes" I have yet to create (: and doing some reading, like "You Are Special" by Max Lucado, and "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes. I'm working on activities to use with those books right now. Of course they're about as done as the mantle on my fireplace. (See previous "Made It Monday" posts if you don't know what I'm talking about.)

I am also planning a First Grade Fun Lunch for this week. I invited all the incoming first graders to lunch for an hour this week to get reacquainted and excited about this year. It'll be just a breezy little lunch where we get together in the classroom, eat at tables in the middle of my messy, disorganized work-in-progress of a room, and chat about our summers. I will give them each a sharp new pencil, a real balloon (I'm thinking cheap dollar store helium) and a balloon writing activity to finish this summer and bring back on the first day. If they bring it back finished they will get a reward (Smarties, maybe???? Don 't know yet.). If not, they'll just get a new one to do. Then on the first day, we'll finish our balloon writing activity and make it a craftivity that I will save for Open house in Sep. 
Here's my little unit that shows the activity and what to do. I tried to show you a picture of it, but I can't save it as a picture for some reason.

I also plan to practice, practice, practice noise levels and rules. And since it's a half day, that'll probably be all we have time for!
Thanks for reading! Come join the linky and let us know how you spend your first day of school!

 Glitter Words
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  1. I have that book too. What a great message.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. Great tips and ideas! Thanks for following my blog! I thought I would hop on over to your blog and follow you as well! I love findings great blogs, especially first grade blogs!!

    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  3. Thanks for linking up. I will probably read Chrysanthemum also, since it is part of the mathematical processes unit that we do the first week of school in my district. I enjoyed your post.

    Psyched to be in 2nd!


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