Five for Friday: The First Full Week!


I have almost made it through my first full week of kindergarten and it has been a great week! There have only been two nights that I have fallen asleep on the couch around eight, so I consider that a success. We have had no crying (by me or the students), no accidents, and we have been having lots of fun. The kiddos are doing a great job learning the routines and procedures of the room.  I am excited for a fun filled year!


We have been spending a lot of time on classroom rules this week.  I want to make sure to spend the time now and continue to talk about it all year so that I can build a warm and accepting classroom community.  I want my kiddos to be kind to one another, respect each other, and appreciate one another.  We have been reading over the rules we made together each day and I think I will continue to do this.  It is a great reminder to get the day started.  This year after we wrote the rules I had each student put their handprint around it.  It was there way of "signing" it.  





After we wrote our rules I also showed them these classroom expectations.  As I hung up each one we talked about what they meant and gave examples.  Some say, "We are kind to each other!" "We say please and thank you" we "Dream Big".  It is just another way to really emphasize our caring classroom community that I am trying to establish. 





We started our Jolly Phonics program this week. It pairs an action with each letter sound. We concentrate on one letter sound a day.  After we practice the action the kids have a chance to practice writing the letter in their sound book.  Yesterday was one of those days I love.  After they were done working each group of kids just started transitioning effortlessly into alphabet puzzles, sorting or matching.  It was great.  The kiddos above pulled out my alphabet puzzles from my Look at Me, I know my ABCs packet and started working together.  




I just uploaded my latest packet to my store and I can't wait to use it with my kiddos.  We are going to use the pages for letter homework each week.  They have a chance to practice uppercase, lowercase, and color and write words that start with each letter.  You can click on the pictures to check it out. 





Lastly, I'm really trying to hold true to this saying below.  With the start of school everything can be so hectic.  I am really trying to relax and only focus on what is important and trying to stay positive.  There are so many things to be thankful for! :)


I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday.  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and read my post.  Have a great weekend!

17 comments

  1. Oh boy. The first week of Kinder is sooooooo hard. Congrats on surviving! :) I love the class rules poster that y'all made. Enjoy your weekend. Rest up!! Have a great year.

    -Liz
    TheHappyTeacher

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    1. Thank you Liz. I hope you have had a great start to your year. Thanks for taking the time to stop by! :)

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  2. Congrats on no tears and very little 8 pm snoring on the couch. I saw some kinder parents in tears on the first day. Did you have any of that?

    My Bright Blue House

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    1. Yes, there were a few. It's always so hard to send your kiddo to K I think. (Usually I have more parents crying then kids). I hope you have had a great start to your year too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Oh so glad to hear you're off to a good start!!! Hope you have another sweet group this year. :) Talk soon!

    Marie
    Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher's Tales

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    1. Hi Marie, thanks! Yes, I am excited, I think it is going to be a great year. I hope your back to school has been wonderful. Looking forward to catching up. :)

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  4. Well, you're launched! I don't start for another week yet, but I'm gearing up and like hearing what others do. See you around. Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

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    1. Kathleen, good luck when you start! It will be great. :)

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  5. There's no kind of tired like those first few days! Congrats on making it through those. It looks like you're off to a great start!

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    1. Tracy, you are so right!! Thanks, I hope it will be a great year. Have a great start to your school year as well. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  6. Looks like you had a great week!! The first week of kinder is so hard!!! I hope you have an amazing year! :)
    Moore to Learn

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    1. Thanks Kristen. It sure is. You forget how little they are. Luckily it does get easier and I can stay up past 9, haha. Have a great start to your school year! :)

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  7. I really love your positivity. It can be really hard to focus on the good when the school year gets going, but it looks like you are going to have a great year!!

    Jennifer
    Jennuine Teaching

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    1. Aw thanks Jennifer, I'm trying! :) I hope you have a great start to your school year too!

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  8. I love that you talked about staying positive! It is easy to get caught up in the negative as teachers, and we need to hold onto what is true and what is good! Thanks for the reminder!
    Erin
    Very Perry Classroom

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    1. Erin, it sure is. Thank you friend for stopping by. Have a great day! :)

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  9. I love how much you review the rules and expectations! I am teaching first grade for the first time this year, and didn't realize how much I had to go over with them. Today I had to teach them how to lock the bathroom stall doors because they kept complaining that other kids were opening the door on them!! Something I never had a problem with when I was teaching upper elementary! It has definitely been a learning process for sure! :)
    Crystal
    www.crystalclearteaching.com

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