Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day of K!

Holy Moly, today was our first day of kindergarten!!!!!  Can I just say that I. Am. Exhausted.  I think that my kinders had a good day today!!  I snapped this picture right before I went to get them all from the buses/cars and bring them down to the classroom.
Everybody had a carpet square waiting from them, and the SMART Board was up and running (thank goodness, since I had a few last minute issues!!)  They are responsible for moving their names into an empty box every morning to let me know if they are here or absent.  Plus, it gives us an opportunity to practice identifying our names, which I quickly realized that some of my kinders could do and some could not!  Our day kind of flew by, which is awesome for the first day!  I made sure that the classroom door was ready to welcome my newest Dragons!
It's a bit hard to see in this picture, sorry!  I've been taking pictures with my phone since my camera went ka-put, and I have a new camera on my wish list, but for now I'm glad I have a phone that can take pics!!  It is a bit hard to see, but each of my kinders has a dragon holding a crayon, with their name on the crayons.  The sign at the top of the door says 'Kindergarten Dragons', and below the window says 'Where Learning is Magical' and is decorated with different dragon and sparkly stickers.  My kiddos got such a kick looking for their name on the door!

Today we organized supplies, learned about the many rules, and got to take a tour of the school! We also ate breakfast in the classroom and lunch in the cafeteria, which is a HUGE change for them.  I think some of them were overwhelmed with the noise and bright lights, but they did a GREAT job!!!!  We also got to play on the playground, even though it was so hot the little darlings kept asking to go back inside!!  We learned that we can't have a drink whenever we want, and that mulch is not okay to throw at our friends.  We also go to have our very first special of the year, Art!  They were able to learn about primary and secondary colors as well as show how they can color in a picture.  I can see we are going to have to work on staying in the lines as well as using more than just one color.  To finish up the day, I had a kinder whose birthday was today and her grown-ups brought us cupcakes to celebrate!  Nothing like having cupcakes on the first day of kindergarten to make it even more awesome!  Dismissal was a bit hectic, so I can see that is something we will need to work on.  All in all, I think we had a fabulous first day!!

I know that today is a Book Talk Tuesday day, but it was the first day of kindergarten and I am EXHAUSTED!!!  Also, this is the first time in my life that my mom wasn't here to ask me how my first day of school went.  So, I'm trying to deal with that bit of sadness at the moment and am not handling it as well as I thought I would!!  So, I'm going to shed a few more tears over how much I miss that incredible lady, and I will ask you to stay tuned this week as I try to iron things out and keep up with blogging as well as everything else!!  I'm gonna go spend some time remembering my mom.  I hope all of you have had an amazing time at school so far!!!


  1. I bet the birthday kid had a great day. That's cool that his/her very first day of school fell on his birthday. :)
    Mrs.Christy’s Leaping Loopers

    1. Isn't it cool for her?? :-) I think she had a good day, and I think it may have helped her overcome some of her shyness. Everybody was thanking her for such 'delicious cupcakes' and she got to be in the spotlight for a bit. Thanks so much for commenting!!

  2. From the sounds of it everyone had a fantastic first day so well done you and get set for tomorrow!
    Special Teaching at Pempi's Palace

    1. Thank you so much!! I think we are starting to get in the swing of things!! I'm excited to see how much they grow. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your year!! :-)