For the Kindergartners, starting school for the first time can bring about many different emotions!! Some of the kiddos have difficulty leaving mom or dad. One of the Kindergarten teachers shared The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn on the first day. The book is about Chester the raccoon leaving his parents for the first time. He doesn't want to go, and his mother assures him it will be okay. To help him she places a kiss in his left hand and tells him that she she will be with him all day!! How sweet!! This book is a great conversation starter about common feelings such as fear, nervousness, love and courage. The book is beautifully illustrated and pulls the kids in right away!!!
Our Kindergarten teacher also did a very cute activity with the studetns afterward to reinforce the idea of the book. The children, with some assistance traced their left hands on costruction paper and glued pre-cut red hearts onto the hands, just like Chester's mom did in the book!! The new kindergartners really enjoyed this activity.
What books and activities do you use for the first day of school?