First Days of First Grade!

What have we been up to?  During the first weeks of school, the primary focus is building community by having children get to know one another and begin to feel safe and comfortable in a new school environment.  We have definitely been working on that!  As you read below, you will have the opportunity to see a few of the things we have been up to.  First off, check out the “overview” of items in this week’s blog post.  Then, get ready to smile because we have some pretty great pictures of our kiddos below.  Thanks for reading!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Rainbow Rug Rules
  • Community Building
  • Making a Tower
  • Singing
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • Where is your spot on the Rainbow Rug?  Do you like your spot?  Why or why not?
  • Tell me names of three friends in your class. What have they done to make you feel cared for and for you to call them a friend?
  • Your class read several books aloud this week for a read aloud.  What has been your favorite book and why?
  • Today, you did a team building activity with cups to see which group could build the tallest tower.  What did your group do well when you worked together?  Is there anything your group could do better next time?

Rainbow Rug Rules: We began to get comfortable in one of our two whole group gathering spots.  One of these spots is on the Rainbow Rug (you can check out a photo of it below).  Each child chose a good learning spot on the rug.  As a class, we agreed upon expectations for what first graders need to do on the rug.  You can see our rules below.  You will notice that these kiddos are rather bright and definitely have the right idea of what needs to be done to learn well.  Way to go first graders!

Here is our Rainbow Rug.
Here is our Rainbow Rug.
Check our our Rainbow Rug Rules!
Check our our Rainbow Rug Rules!

Community Building: We took part in several activities this week for children to begin to build a strong, trusting, and safe learning community.  Some of these allowed us to know one another’s names, get to know interests that other first graders have, talk about good deeds we can do for others, and more!  Check out a couple of the photos of these kiddos building relationships below.

Look at these two first graders learning about one another.
Look at these two first graders learning about one another.
Look at all of those hands working together on the drawing!
Look at all of those hands working together on the drawing!
After reading a book, and before sharing with our whole group, each first grader wrote down some good deeds they have done to help others.
After reading a book, and before sharing with our whole group, each first grader wrote down some good deeds they have done to help others.

Making a Tower:  Yes, this is a part of community building . . . and was both fun, yet challenging!  The task was simple: use 34 paper cups to build the tallest tower possible . . . in 12 minutes.   Several towers were built – and fell down, but overall, these first graders got to work in a small group and discover ways to positively work together.   Look at some of our towers!

Here are the beginning stages of one tower.
Here are the beginning stages of one tower.
These first graders are inspecting their tower for strength.
These first graders are inspecting their tower for strength.
This group continued to work hard together.
This group continued to work hard together.
How incredibly smart is this group?  They were learning from other groups in order to build their tower.  Awesome!
How incredibly smart is this group? They were learning from other groups in order to build their tower. Awesome!

Singing: We sang several songs this week as well.  Below are the lyrics of the songs.  If you show them to your first grader, he or she might just break out in song and impress you with some musical talent!  Singing together is always so much fun!

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A Smile for You! I love to try to make you smile. (That is, if you haven’t already!)  Sometimes, I choose silly pictures from the internet, but during this first week of school, there were so many sweet photos to select from.  So, I hope you will smile as you look at the photos below.  These are from our first day of first grade when we made crowns together.   Enjoy . . . and thanks for reading this entire blog post. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “First Days of First Grade!

    1. Dear Mrs. Maldonado,
      Thank you very much for your comment! I’m so happy that you felt like you were with us in first grade during our first week adventures. I hope you continue to feel that way as our blog posts keep coming. See you soon.
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Turken

    1. Dear Mrs. Sisul,
      Thank you for the comment! We definitely are having fun learning together! And, yes, the smiles are the BEST parts of our day!
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Turken

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