What Do You Teach the First Week of School?!?

 

About the third week in July, our town always hosts a county fair. For some reason, I’ve always started working in my classroom right after that weekend of Maria’s Fair Fun Time! I don’t know why I started doing that, but I guess I’ve made it a tradition. I think to myself, “If I go in now, I can everything done and have the last couple weeks before school starts to be at home!”. It never works that way, though. I always find some new room theme, or read a book that makes me want to switch things up with one of my programs, or I keep on finding cute stuff at Target and bringing it in to rearrange. It’s an ugly cycle, but one of my favorite things to do. Plus, my husband farms and my kids go out to help harvest during that time so it is just me around here and I need something to do!

Back in the my olden days of my teaching ( this is my 16th year, OMG! that went fast) I found a terrific website called ProTeacher and found so many helpful teachers on there that were willing to share their plans and ideas for a great school year. I learned about classroom themes, planning, and of course, the almighty crate seats that have been circulating the teacher sites for the last ten years. I still have mine that I made back in 2008! ๐Ÿ™‚ The kids love them and they are still my old jungle print from when I had my jungle classroom!

I did learn about how important it is to have procedures and rules in the classroom and to start teaching them right away. I wish I would have had the resources that I do now like outstanding resource books and super awesome teacher blogs to follow! Speaking of great resource books, you MUST buy this one! You can also find a great little PDF of the first 25 or so pages of this book here.

 

 

After teaching procedures the first three days only for a few years, I realized that the first three days of school was not enough to fit all these procedures and drills and rules and so much more! I extend my procedures out to two to six weeks. I think there are procedures for doing everything in the classroom and they all definitely need to be taught over and over, especially the lower grades. To make the procedures fun and to have some buy in, I usually include a book or activity with most of the really big ones. Like, problem solving with friends or how to act on the playground or how to say please and thank you. I will start highlighting some of my favorite Back to School books on my blog and the reasons why I love them so much.

Here are my back to school lesson plans for the first few days to give an idea of how I teach my procedures, rules, and mix them in with some fun activities and stories. You can find them The First Week of School Lesson Plans (1)

My lessons aren’t anything special, just a bunch of things that have worked for me over the years. Could I add more academics the first few days? Heck yes I could, but I don’t do a whole lot until the next couple of weeks. I am teaching seven year old children for goodness sake! They’ve just come off the high of summer and they need to ease in to the school year. More plans or ideas? Comment below and tell me what you’d like to see. Have a great rest of the summer!!!!

 

 

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