When the new classes are formed, the children are moved to the new classrooms and they are introduced to their teachers. This is followed by getting to know you activities and exploration. Usually the main routines are introduced the following day.
I start off my year with a focus on self esteem and power words. We look at names, talents, and how to be optimists instead of pessimists. One of the sayings in my class is "Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?"
Some of my favorite stories for the beginning of the year are Chrysanthemum,
A Bad Case of Stripes, Howard B. Wigglebottom, The Name Jar, and Seven Habits for Happy Kids.
I will also continue with my basic routines for powerful listening, quiet reading time, quiet work time, walking in hallways, and group work. These routines are important for creating a caring and respectful work environment.
These start up forms are useful for keeping things organized during morning routines, setting up journal criteria, getting acquainted with students, and providing support for home reading.
These bookmarks are great for recognizing positive traits.
These charts help the children understand what different routines look like and sound like.
These are some classroom games that can be used for brain breaks or inside days.