Happy New (School) Year!

A new school year has begun!  Love, love, love, my new class.  There is always that little bit of shock…even after 15 years…of how LITTLE they are at the beginning of the year, but we are just starting week 3, and really starting to come together as a group.  I think it is going to be an amazing year!
It's funny, this summer I bought a fitbit, and had to work hard to get my 10,000 steps in every day.  Since starting back to school, I make that 10,000 steps easily every day!
Mixing things up a bit this year with my units.  The first 2 weeks of school we did a unit called "Here We Go!".  Lots of getting ready for school books and activities.
My favorite books to read at the beginning of school:
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, of course.  My class especially likes this book because I tell them my lovable dog, Lucy, looks just like Miss Bindergarten.  This is a picture of her when she was a baby.  She's a big girl now, and such a smarty!  

We also love these super silly books.  You MUST read silly books at the beginning of kindergarten!

So much silliness happening in the first few days!  Love the giggles of brand new kindergartners as they laugh along side new friends that they can't quite remember the names of yet.
We did a second reading of We Share Everything with our clipboards and carpet bags, and kept track of things that we share and things we shouldn't share in kindergarten.  
We introduced patterning this week.  We made awesome pattern hats that everyone was so very proud to wear to lunch.

We love Dr. Jean's Bubble gum songs…the one for beginning sounds and the other that goes really fast.  After singing those,  we made a fun counting book with bubble gum machines and stickers.  It was an easy activity to differentiate.  Some kids had numbers 1-10, others had teen numbers.  I could also tell right away who has trouble with fine motor tasks with the stickers.  

Our FAVORITE beginning of the year activity was this roll the dice counting "Get Ready For School" game.  We laughed and laughed when we couldn't roll a two no matter how many time we tried.

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