Phew! I know that all of you can sympathize. I get so tired of hearing myself talk at the beginning of the year! I always forget how many things there are to teach my new cherubs! I no sooner start explaining one procedure, when I realize that I have to teach another one! It's exhausting!
So, let me share with you one of my favorite things to do for the first few days of school. Playdough! Now, I know that I am not the only one who does this, but giving the kiddos a small tub of playdough for morning work has been a miracle in my classroom! Not only does it give them something to do and talk about for morning work on the first day, but when you have early finishers and have not set up your "I'm Done! Now What?" procedures they have something to do at their seats! This is the second year in a row that I have done this, and it has been awesome!
So, here are a few pics of my classroom for the first day! I have a smaller class this year (21 vs 26) and I feel like I have a lot more space! I also have space this year for my "table islands!" I missed them so much last year. If you would like to read more about them you can find my original post HERE.
All in all my first day went really, really well! I have a very adorable group, and I have already had my first birthday celebration for this year! Have you started school yet? How did your first day go?