The first day of school is always a difficult time for parents and kids alike. Their apprehension about school can sometimes fester and become something they begin to fear. I truly believe in the power of books to help them overcome this worry.
Have you used Epic yet? I find this website to be one of the most beneficial ones for reading and getting access to books for kids. There’s a read to me section, audiobooks and quizzes to boot.
Here’s a little super cute companion activity to use with the title Mae’s First Day of School on Epic. Preschool kids will identify the pictures, cut and paste the people into the school. Then, on the second worksheet, they will cut and paste the pictures to complete the sentences. Of course, they will need help and guidance in doing this.
1st Day of School Kindergarten Activity
This activity is super simple to prepare, here are the materials you will need. You can also do this activity with preschoolers who are going to kindergarten soon or with transitional PreK kids.
Have a preschooler at home who is transitioning to kindergarten? You could also complete this activity with them at home!
- A4 paper
Print as many sets as you need for the number of students in your class. If you are using these in a center, it’s a great idea if you have an extra set just in case you want another group to get started on the cards.
Books for First Day of School Ideas
Prefer some audio or video books? Here are some of my favourite real alouds!
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School is a super cute read aloud for kids who are apprehensive about returning to school
If you’re looking for ways to use this book in speech therapy, The Dabbling Speechy explains this in her super informative post right here too.
Mae’s First Day of School Activities
To guide the students before you begin this activity – discuss what it means to be back at school. What they know about school, things they’d like to learn at school etc. Ask them how they felt going back to school.
Start reading this activity together. I would stop and ask questions every few pages to see how well the kids are reacting to the story. This is a crucial part.
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1st Day of School Kindergarten Mae’s First Day of School Activity
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