Monday, September 23, 2013

Beginning of the Year Activities

We have been back in school for a month now and I have been so busy getting back into the swing of things. Between getting my classroom ready, completing beginning of the year paperwork, working on lesson plans, preparing materials, TEACHING, and trying to have some kind of life outside of school, I have completely neglected my blog...But it's okay! I am back into a routine and I have things under control again. I am so happy to be back!

I am very excited to share what we have been so busy working on in my Kindergarten classroom! I have chosen a few of my favorite beginning of the year activities to share. The first one is an activity we completed after reading "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". They had to write their name then color and decorate the first letter of their name. It made such a cute display!

We also made Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees! They had to cut and glue the tree together. Then I had their names written on sentence strips and they had to cut the letters apart and glue their name back together correctly on the tree. I love this for the beginning of the year...what a great way to teach that you put letters together to make a word!

During the 2nd and 3rd weeks of school our theme is All About Me and Family. Each student made a family tree, drew a picture of their family, and wrote how many people are in their family.
We have also been making a lot of graphs in our class. We made graphs for the letters in our name, the month our birthday is in, and how many people are in our family! My kiddos are getting good at reading graphs!
As much as I love the beginning of the year and all the fun activities, I am glad that the first month is over. It's so exciting to see how much progress they have already made in such a short time! They already know the procedures and routines, they are all friends with each other, I have formed a connection with each child, and most importantly they are learning! I feel so blessed to be their teacher and to be able to learn with them and love them all year!


  1. Yay! I was so excited to click on your blog and see a new post! :) I love all of your activities! I remember doing the two trees but didn't ever do the decorating of the first letters. I'm going to have to file that one away. :) It did make the cutest little display!

  2. Aw thanks Emily! We miss you! I'm so excited that you read my blog :)