It was a pleasure spending the last two days with my new students. We are getting to know each other as we learn new routines and make new friends.
I have had the opportunity to read aloud several books that help children identify how they are feeling about the start of the new school year. One book was called First Day Jitters it was about having jitters or feelings of nervousness. We had fun decorating cups and making a special fruit punch to drive the jitters away. Another book was called Have You Filled a Bucket Today? This story emphasized being kind to others (filling a bucket) versus being rude (emptying a bucket).
We also read The Kissing Hand which inspired a scavenger hunt around campus. Magically, the book’s main character, a racoon, escaped from his book to lead us around to everything we needed to see at Jingshan. We visited our assistant principal’s office, Nurse Judy, the music and art rooms, the gym, the office, the cafeteria and the library.
We also read Officer Buckle and Gloria which inspired us to discuss and make class rules. They are:
- Be kind.
- Be safe.
- Try your best.
I’m looking forward to meeting with you all at Back to School Night this Wednesday. I will run through a bunch of slides which should you fill in on most of what we will be doing in grade 1. The presentation will last about 20 minutes and I will present twice at 4:00 and 4:20. I will post the slides on this blog in case any of you miss the presentation or would like to refer back to it later.
Swimming starts in 1B on August 22 through September 14th. Please remember to send swim gear on Thursdays and Fridays!