First Day Of School: Schedulin’ Sunday

Here we go!   The first Schedulin’ Sunday of the 2018-2019 school year.  I am so excited about the first day of school and a new year with a new group of mustaches.   This is going to be a year of fun, messes, giggles and learning!   I am so ready to get started!

Lesson Plans

Here are my first week lesson plans.  We start with two half days and then day 3 starts our full days!   Click the image to download my lesson plans!

first day of kindergarten

We kick off our first day of school with a half day.  Our big focus is on procedures and routines, of course.  We practice name writing and we learn how to use crayons!   Our day kicks with off with our first morning meeting so we can learn procedures and start to learn our names and get to know our friends!  And let’s be real….it’s all about not losing kids and getting everyone to the correct dismissal location!  TRUTH!

First Day Of School Morning Message

Our first morning meeting greeting is “Hi!  My name is…”   After the greeting Mr. Greg shares about our classroom and I share about myself.  I also emphasize my name.  We make sure that the kids know my name is Mr. Greg in case they get separated from us or can’t find the classroom!  This is important.  Trust me.  Last year I had one student who got off the bus and didn’t speak English so he was put into a pre-K classroom for an hour and a half because he just told them “teacher!”  So yeah, make sure they know you’re  name!  hehe

After our morning meeting we read Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten!

After we read we make a chart to compare what we did to get ready for our first day of kindergarten and what Miss Bindergarten and her students do to get ready for kindergarten!

miss bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten

first day lesson plans

Next, we work on writing our names on the first day.  Each student comes to the chart and writes their name!  I model how I write my name and we encourage and cheer for each of our new friends as we write our names!  Our name chart is displayed and kept for the whole year!   (We do this activity again at the end of the year to show growth!)

first day name writing

Finally, we kick off our Back To School Research Project by learning how to use crayons!  Mr. Greg models how to use crayons to color a soccer ball and then we color a soccer ball.  Finally we make our first anchor chart of the year about what crayons do and do not do!

Click the soccer ball to get your free coloring page!


how to use crayons

For more information on our first day procedures check out this post on the 7 procedures I teach on day 1!

first day procedures

Day 2 is all about our feelings about school!  We read First Day Jitters and do a predictable chart about how we felt on the first day of school!

We read Wemberly Worried and talk about feelings.  Then we use our Read It Up:  Miss Kindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten to graph whether we are excited for kindergarten or nervous!

We also do our first cooking activity!  Yes.  Day 2.  We make school bus cookies!!

school bus cookies

Day 3 we start FULL DAYS of kindergarten and we kick off NUMBER BOOTCAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!

number bootcamp

number bootcamp

We continue our Back To School Research project to learn how to use more supplies such as pencils, clipboards and glue sponges!


A lot of our focus this week is on our names.  Writing our names.  Learning our friends names.  Recognizing our names.

We read Chrysanthemum and make our name graph by counting the letters in our names!

kindergarten name activities

We play the name game!   This is a PowerPoint that scrolls through each child’s name.  When we see our name, we stand up and sit down!  It’s a great way to learn our names and to get some movement into our day!  Click the image to get the PowerPoint file to make your own name game!

name recognition game

And finally, we have our first Foodie Fun Friday!   To celebrate our first week of school and to chat about what kind of classroom we want to have, we make Friendship Salad!

We will read The Boy With The Rainbow Heart and talk about friendship and taking care of one another!  Then we make friendship salad!  This is a MUST HAVE BOOK for the beginning of the year!   Seriously.  Every classroom needs this book!

friendship salad

First Day and Back To School Freebie!

Brown Bear Brown Bear Coloring Page

For more ideas and resources for the first day of school check out these posts:

These are the creations we are using in our classroom for the first day and beginning of the year!

first day of school


first day of kindergarten


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