My first tip is really simple but such a sanity saver for me. The first few weeks of kindergarten are crazy. Many kids have never been to school and don't really know how to function in a group setting. They are used to doing what they want, when they want to. To help keep students from getting up every 5 seconds to ask me a question or tell me they are done, I always have a stack of books on each table for students to look at. I try to include a mixture of familiar picture books, emergent readers, and alphabet book sets at the beginning to spark students interest and get them used to our "little" books.
The next thing I always have on hand during the first few weeks are name writing pages. I use this Handwriting Practice website to quickly print pages for each of my students. I like that I can differentiate the pages for students by including first/last names, tracing on each line, dots or letter outlines, and more. This website makes it so quick and easy to print new pages as needed. Because I differentiate these pages and print new ones often, I put them in clear pockets for students to use with dry erase markers. I have students keep them in their seat pockets so they can pull them out anytime they have a free minute.
FREE. Happy Back to School, check that off your to do list. ;)
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