Happy New Year - 2017!
Are you returning to school this week? Well, I have some ideas for you to start your year off without any worries! When the kiddos come back they are pretty excited to see each other but also very, very tired. Some of them have not been on a schedule for the two weeks of vacation. So easing into the schedule and not expecting 100% from all of them is important or there might be some tears.
1. I have students sit around the rug and we pass a beanie around. When the student has a beanie - no one else can talk. I usually tell them we are going to do this ahead of time - I tell the kinders to start thinking of one fun thing they did over break they would like to share. They can pass but I will go back to them before finishing. (This activity helps because they are all dying to tell you about their vacation - but 24 kiddos all at once is not possible )
2. Have a quiet time ~ some time during your day! This coloring sheet is perfect...Click here for your freebie. Crayons or markers can be used or Kwik stix! They are perfect for this! Kwik stix are paint sticks that are so colorful and fun - you do not need water or brushes! No mess! Click here for more information.
3. Have a fun activity that students will love. This is where this 2017 Build a Bear is just the trick!
Wouldn't every student love to put together their very own holiday build a bear?! They can choose from a girl or boy and various dresses, shirts, boots, ties, hats....etc. Here is the hat I chose! :)
Here is a free writing activity to go with your Holiday build a bear for you!