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Without further ado:
My favorite first day activity....
...is making these faces! I do this on the very first day of school. I am always amazed at how cute they turn out. I can not take credit for the idea as I got it from my mentor teacher when I was student teaching. I think she may have gotten it from Debbi Miller??? (Or maybe Debbi Diller... so hard to keep those two straight!)
I supply my students with two googly eyes and assist them in creating their desired hair-do and the rest is up to them! I hang them around our door when I have a hallway classroom. The past two years I have had an exterior door so we have displayed them in the window. I love how it represents our classroom learning community. It's amazing how much they really do look like each student. They are so cute that I leave them up the entire year! I use multi tone face shaped papers that come stuck together in a note pad. I buy it at my local teacher supply store, but you can also order them from Lakeshore. You can find all sorts of cool "hair like" yarns at your local craft store. It is a lesson in patience, since there is only one of me and most of the kindergartners need help gluing the hair on. I find that it works best to do it right before our rest time so that I can call over students who aren't sleeping one at a time to finish them up. I also give each student a card with their name typed in a traceable font to help practice writing their name. (When I was in first I just gave them a blank index card.)
I can't wait to see what everyone else does on the first day!