Today was the teacher's first day back to school. We then had "Unpack the Backpack" night tonight. So I am EXHAUSTED!! Tomorrow is our first day with the students so I thought I would share the activities we usually do on the first day.
Each year I always read "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn on the first day of kindergarten. I just love that book! A few years ago my mentor teacher gave me this pattern and we use it to make Chester the Raccoon puppets out of large paper bags. I am not sure where this pattern originated, but if you do please let me know so I may give the proper credit.
The students get to take these home and share the story with their family. We also teach them how to say "I love you" in sign language. Last year I had one student and parent who everyday as we went inside would give each other that sign....so cute!
Another activity we are doing this year with "The Kissing Hand" is on a poem tracing the students' hand and putting a heart sticker in the palm.
What activities do you do with "The Kissing Hand"?
*****I have had many people ask about the pattern for this puppet. It is from a retired teacher and because of copyright issues I can not share it on my blog. I am sorry, but thank you for understanding.