One of the most significant days for both teachers and students is the first day of school. As exciting as this day can be, it can still be quite overwhelming. The following article will look at the major factors that you should keep in mind when starting a new school year.
Create a friendly environment
When your students start entering your class, they must find a welcoming and friendly environment. A good way of creating this kind of environment is by setting up a bulletin board that is specifically dedicated for the students only. You can start with names and later on add some pictures. For classes with limited space for a bulletin board, then you can try decorating the door instead. There are some great ideas for both decorating a door or bulletin board on my Teaching Ideas Pinterest board that you can check out and use.
Organize classroom supplies
For schools that require their students to come with their own school supplies at the start of the school year then you can also organize those. Just create a few drop-off points with bags or boxes labeled clearly using both pictures and words. This enables students to learn where they are going to be leaving their supplies every time. In effect, this saves you from the hassle of having to sort through the whole classroom’s supplies once the class ends.
Set up class routines
It is good to set a clear routine or schedule that your class will follow. However, since most students that are just starting kindergarten cannot read, you can provide visuals so as to assist them in understanding the schedule. This is the right time to set your expectations and standards. Ensure you show them the way they should enter the class, where to place their bags, where to sit down and also how to request for permission to go to the bathroom. Learning these routines is important for ensuring your class operates smoothly.
Going to school is tough on both parents and kids as well. A good practice of easing both the parents and the kids into the learning environment is by inviting them to attend the tour of the class on the first day. However, when the parents leave some students will definitely cry. A good way of reducing tears is by having stuffed animals in the class for any student who is feeling sad. Eventually, such students get engaged by the enjoyable activities of the elementary school and new friends that they forget about crying.
These are only a few of the various ways you can plan your first day of school. Now you only need to be get mentally prepared and start decorating! You can find tons of back to school classroom decor at GreenAppleLessons.com