This is a great idea for preschoolers making the transition into kindergarten. Cut out a school house shape in white and let the children color it, or use red and leave it. Then attach loops of construction paper. Use as many loops as there are days left before school starts. This is similar to the Christmas chain. Each a.m. after brushing teeth tell the child to take a loop off. By the time they get to the school house it will be time to go to big school!
During our orientation day my teaching assistant takes a picture of each child and their parents. We attach the photo to the front of a folded piece of construction paper. We then ask the parents to write a short note to their child inside the “card”. On the first day of school we spend time with each child reading the notes written especially to them.
Last year I had A Un-frog-get-able first day of school. We read books about frogs, had leap frog races, had races wearing swimming fins. I had lily pads on the floor as you walked in the room. You can take this theme as far as you want to go with it, and the kids just love it. Have a great first day back!
Photo Album for the class: We (my assistant, our entire class and myself) participated in this all through the year. We took photos of everybody and added them to an album which we decorated with creative memories cutouts and stickers and made our first volume of ” Our Treasure Book”. We also printed names and words to describe the picture. This was always out for the children to enjoy and learn to read with. The parents had a wonderful time when their child would run to get the book and insist on showing them and telling about new entrees. It was a great tool to bring the parents into the classroom and be a part of their child’s day!! We plan to make one every year as some of our children are there from age 2 1/2 yrs to 6 yrs.
I teach children who are blind and multiply handicapped. Some of the children in my classroom are day students and some are part of a residential program. These children are not able to tell mom and dad what happened during the school day. In order to keep each parent posted, I provide a “home” notebook. I use a brightly colored binder purchased for approx. $1 at an office store. In the top, right hand corner of each binder, I glue the child’s photo. I also write his/her name in print and Braille. The picture helps to personalize the notebook and provides a smile for the parents. It is also a very practical reminder to the substitute on days when I can’t be in the classroom. The Braille is for exposure and dignity. Though my children aren’t necessarily ready to Braille their own names, it helps them to become familiar with “the bumps”, left to right formation etc.