Thursday, July 19, 2012

First Day of School...Homework!?!

The first day of school is getting closer and! It doesn't matter how much time off I have off  in the summer it just never feels like enough to get things ready for the school relax just a bit! I do have one item ready though.....the first day of school homework!

In Kindergarten....yes. First. Day. Of. School. Homework.

Now parents may panic just a bit when they read the title on the homework page, but once they see what it is they can relax!
Don't we all have those little kinders that come in on the first day of school expecting to learn how to read THAT DAY?
Well this is a great solution to that getting discouraged on the first day of Kindergarten.

No, no... not in our rooms! =)

Ms. B down the hall has been sending this environmental print homework assignment with the kids on the first day of school for years and they LOVE it!  Not only are they excited when they realize that yes they CAN read some things, but they have HOMEWORK too!

Big kid homework!

So here is the form that she sends home with the kids on the first day:

Once they bring back their homework she does a couple of things with them. They do meet as a class to "read" their homework to each other. Then some years she has made these into a book for the class library.  Of course this is a class favorite right away because it is a book that all of them can read!!

Other years she has displayed the labels on a board near her reading center and whole group area. This gives them opportunities to read the labels or look for specific letters in large group and small group settings.

Hope everyone is enjoying as much summer as they can before heading back into those classrooms!   Enjoy every minute of it =)
                                                                                             Mrs. M


  1. Neat idea! I love using envrionmental print in the classroom! My son was in kindergarten this year and after his first day I asked him if he had fun and he said "No, she didn't even learn me to READ yet!" His teacher and I cracked up about that all year - "Have you learned him some good grammar yet?" I'd say when I passed her in the hallway and "I'm learning him real good!" she'd reply lol!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

    1. Too cute!!! It's true though isn't it...some think they will learn to read on the first day?!? =)

  2. What a great idea to make a book for your classroom library! Love it!!

  3. What a wonderful idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I love this idea for homework! I will definitely be doing this with my kinders this year! I am your newest follower!

    1. Thank you for following! Glad you can use this idea! =)

  5. For some reason it is not letting me see the pictures. :( Is there anyway you can see what the picture of the note she sends says. I just got hired as a kindergarten teacher and I would love to do this on the first day!


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