Give students a warm welcome with these fun getting-to-know-you activities and unit plans.
Help students develop awareness of themselves as growing individuals. Children learn about values, ideas, customs, and traditions through folktales, legends, music, and oral histories. Focus is placed on children's relationships with others in the classroom and the school as sources for learning. Children also begin to learn about their role as citizens by accepting rights and responsibilities in the classroom and by learning about rules and laws. — New York State Social Studies Learning Standards.
- Learn classrooms are organized for student learning.
- Learn that a school community helps children learn.
- Learn what it means to be a good citizen of a school community.
- Learn rules are important and a classroom has rules for all to follow.
- Learn that students have classroom responsibilities.
- Learn that members of a classroom deserve to be heard and deserve respect.
Create a large poster board version of the class rules for everyone to sign. Add wallet-sized photos of them on the poster for an additional touch. Post it in a place where it can be seen at all times, or have the children work together to illustrate each rule separately.
Ask children to create drawings that illustrate their hopes and dreams for their kindergarten year. Ask parents to do the same. When the parents hand in their hopes and dreams, share them with the class. Post both the child's hopes and dreams and their parents' hopes and dreams side by side where it is visible to all.
See our shared book list entitled — Our First Six Weeks.
Students identify a goal that they want to achieve in Kindergarten. They will share goals with classmates and recognize that people are unique. Students will start to develop the awareness that these similarities and differences should be respected.