What do I NEED to cover on the very first day?
Kindergarten is the most wonderful, exciting, amazing a time in a child’s life. Sometimes it is a child’s very first experience with school. When I first started teaching kindergarten five years ago, I was so excited to jump right in and hit the ground running. I found out VERY quickly that the first day of kindergarten is often singing songs, playing games, and comforting these kiddos when the tears well up.
Procedure! Procedure! Procedure!
Teaching procedure the first day (actually WEEKS) is absolutely necessary for the sake of your students and yourself. I spend SOOO much time going over how to do EVERYTHING. From going to the bathroom, to lining up, to how to talk at lunch. You name it, we talk about, act it out, and draw pictures of expectations! Everything included in my NEED to teach on the first day of kindergarten list below is most likely done multiple times.
What I NEED To Teach On The First Day Of Kindergarten
You will probably go over all of these things and MORE because kindergarten is hard work and takes a lot of practice. One of the most important things to do is to make sure these little kindergartners feel comfortable and happy. Real learning occurs in an environment that students WANT to be in and in a place where they can be themselves. They might not feel that way the very first day, but they will if you foster a comfortable environment!
Your first day is going to be great! I hope this list was helpful for you!