Sunday, July 22, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten Linky Party





Okay, all you marvelous Kindergarten teachers out there; I am calling on you for help!  I still have a whole month before school starts (and most of that will be spent setting up my new classroom) but I can't stop wondering about those first few weeks of K, especially the very first day.  So If you have a post on your blog about your first day of kindergarten plans then this party is for you!  If you don't have a post yet, take the time to write it all down and share with the rest of us.  I can't wait to read all of your fantastic ideas!

I know it is most common for the creator of a linky party to post her own thoughts and ideas but I haven't taught K for YEARS so I honestly have no idea what my plans will look like for the first few days!  That's why I am creating this party.  I have also linked up with the Teaching Blog Addict's Ultimate Linky Party. Be sure to copy the image above at the top of your post and link it back to this post so others can join in.  Let's see how many link-ups we can get!

28 comments:

Nicole Lanier said...

I've linked up!!!! Great idea Rachel! I can't wait to read more first day ideas!!!!

Nicole
Lanier's Kindergarten Lions

Miss Pasqua said...

Hi! I found your blog through the newbie hop. This will also be my first year teaching Kindergarten :) Best of luck

http://mspasquakinder.blogspot.com

Heather's Heart said...

This is such a great idea. That first day is always crazy. Last year it was also our first time to have breakfast in the classroom. I cannot even begin to tell you how CRAY CRAY that was!

I have about 20 different puzzles. They are very simple with about only 8 pieces per puzzle. I usually have my kiddos do those. When they finish, they trade it in and get a new one. You can buy a set of 4 puzzles at Wal-Mart and they have lots of different sets.

Heather
Heather's Heart

Mona said...

The first day of K is crazy - EVERY YEAR. =) My main goal is to be sure how EVERY child will go home that afternoon...and to be sure I have the same number at the end of the day that I started with! hahaha! Seriously, as soon as parents meet you to drop off their child have them fill out a quick info sheet - name, address, phone # (all of them) and how that child will go home THAT day (1st day) and EVERY day after that. Then send home the long info sheet the 1st day of school. You gotta have a way to contact the parents & how the child is getting home!
Other than that, I leave crayons & paper on each table for students to draw & color - nothing messy & something very simple to do while you are greeting parents. I tell parents to unpack supplies into crates or grocery bags. I have students put their backpacks on the back of the chairs - we will set up routines after we start!
Once most children have arrived, begin your day! Bring everyone together on the carpet, intro yourself, explain how we come into the classroom and then start practicing....
I could go on and on...sorry. You will need to practice routines for WEEKS! That might be hard to comprehend, but you will need to model A LOT, then repeat for students who need it, and intro to new students enrolling. If routines start falling apart, STOP and model it AGAIN, then PRACTICE! =) You will be so much happier in the end!
Okay..I'm done. If anyone else wants to chat or want more ideas, email me!
Mona
monateaches@yahoo.com
Kindergarten Bus

Mrs. Egley said...

just found your blog and I joined up! I am your newest follower! I love your linky party - what a great idea!
Mrs.Egley’sKindergarten

Ms. M said...

I will be checking this one to see any new link ups. I'll be teaching Kindergarten this coming year and have no idea where to start! I very much appreciate the idea of this party and hope to see plenty of ideas! Thanks for hosting!

Jennifer said...

I linked up and have posted on my blog how my first day/week runs. I will be watching for others that do the same, as I am always looking for new ideas. Thanks for hosting this linky party!

Charlotte Braddock said...

Great Idea for a linky party! If I have time, I will link up soon. I see that this is your first year teaching kindergarten and you are new to blogging.

I have taught kindergarten for 10 years, but am new to blogging. If you get a chance, check out my blog and grab a few freebies.

http://cathedralkindergarten.blogspot.com/

Creatively yours,

Charlotte

Kindergarten Stars said...

I just found your blog and I cannot wait to link up! I will be writing up my post and linking up hopefully by the end of the weekend! I am excited to check out your blog and everyone else who as linked up :)
Michelle
Kindergarten Stars

Linda said...

Thanks for this Linky! I'm a first year K teacher!

Linda
Down the Learning Road

P.s I'm your newest follower!

Mrs. M said...

Great idea for a linky party! I just linked up and am a new follower. I'm glad I found your blog! =)
Bobbie


The Daily Cupcake…A Kindergarten Blog

Kimberlee :) said...

just joined in - we have our first day on the 17th!!! writing this post actually helped me think about & 'plan' the first day - thanks!!! :)

~ Kimberlee ~

Two Fulbright Hugs

Allison said...

Thank you for inviting me to your linky party and I am now a follower! This is an awesome idea for a linky party!!

Lauren Augustine said...

Thanks for the invite! I think this is great!! I will post and link up for sure! =) Good luck with your first day back in Kinder! I am a new follower!

Lauren
Miss Augustine's Kindergarten

Anita said...

Thanks for the invite :)
Anita
Mrs. Bremer’s Kindergarten

Danielle said...

Thank you thank you thank you for doing this! I just found out that I will be teaching K this year. For the past four years, I've taught 3rd grade, so I'm SHAKING in my flip flops! Eek!! This linky party will def be my required reading! Thanks for the advice!

Danielle

Gary said...

This is a great idea. Kindergarten does not start for another month but I'll be back to link up before then.

Wintaka said...

I love your site. I tried to sign up my email account and the blogger says you don't have the ability to do that. I am a computer dweeb, so don't know what to do. Are you able to help me?
Terry
THYordan@aol.com

Ann Spencer said...

Thank you for this linky party -- I have had almost 500 hits on the blog I wrote about my first day! Makes me feel like a for-real writer!! Besides that, I found lots of good ideas to add to my first days. A maz ing!

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cathy said...

I just connected with your blog. I love it. I will be teaching kindergarten for the first time ever...and I am a veteran teacher with enough years to retire but just can't bring myself to do it yet. I taught first grade for 13 years and now my boss is moving me to kindergarten. I am petrified. I taught prek for 2 years and loved it, once I got used to 4 year old habits. I am glad that I found your blog. I don't have a blog but maybe its time to experiment there too.
Cathy

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