The first day with students went by in a flash! I’m exhausted, like any teacher on the first day, but the excitement in those six-year-old faces has me energized to get the school year started!
I love that my first-graders were most curious about the book baskets in the classroom… “When can we read about sharks? … Which Dr. Seuss books will we read?” Their love of reading at such a young age is such a motivator for me as a teacher and an author. It allows me to connect to them on a basic level – we can find a book for almost any interest, which helps keep reading fun and lively!
Today’s classroom reads to jumpstart the school year were:
First Day Jitters by Julie Dannenberg – I love this book for the first day… The story of Sarah Jane, whom doesn’t want to go to school. The revelation at the end is that Sarah Jane is actually Mrs. Hartwell, the new teacher. The children always get a kick out of this surprise ending! A great read aloud to get the students talking about what they might be nervous about.
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing – The students really relate to this story. Told from the point-of-view of a new first grade, it uses the pattern of the classic “night before” story. A cute read aloud that highlights the surprises as well as the disappointments of beginning a new school year.
And last but not least…
Five Little Monkeys Reading In Bed by Eileen Christelow – A quick read aloud with characters that the students immediately become excited… who doesn’t love the classic Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed? It is also touches on love of reading and book genres.
I’m sure my students will sleep well tonight (and maybe even do a little reading in bed)… I know I will!