First Day of School Activities for Kindergarten

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The first day of school activities for kindergarten students should include reading a book that makes the students feel comfortable, activities that introduce the students to their new surroundings and the setting of ground rules. Give kindergarten students a tour of the classroom, and introduce them to areas that they will need to know about with advice from a writing instructor and former classroom teacher in this free video on kindergarten.

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Hi I'm Laura from YoungWritersWorkshop.com and I'm going to talk about first day of school activities for kindergarten. For some kindergarten students their first day might be their first day ever in school. So, keep this in mind as you plan your activities. A lot of teachers like to read the book The Kissing Hand, which helps kids to think about how they can stay connected with their parents, but still be at school. It's a very emotional book for a lot of adults, but it's a book that can really help kids begin to feel safe in their new setting. You an do activities that will help to introduce students to their new surroundings. You might give them a tour and make it feel like they are doing a sight seeing tour. Bring them around the classroom, introduce them to all the areas that they will need to know about. Where they will put their things every day, where they can go if they need to get a drink, or sharpen a pencil. Let them know that they are able to ask questions. Make them fell really comfortable. At the same time you want to also begin with some of the ground rules so that they will know what's expected of them. A lot of teachers also like to talk about friendship rules and this can be part of your overall classroom rule discussion about how you expect the students to treat each other, so that you will be setting the tone for a positive atmosphere in your classroom. So, those are some ideas about activities for a first day of school in kindergarten.

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