I love reading the Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn on the first day of school. The Kissing Hand is a story about a little raccoon that doesn’t want to go to school. His mom assures him that he will like school and tells him about a family secret–the kissing hand. My students made Chester and then wrote about how they felt on the first day of school.
I found this adorable label on Pinterest. You can get the free Kissing Hand treat bag labels from Happy Teacher, Happy Kids.
I am always reviewing math and grammar skills with my students. This gives me an informal assessment on which students need extra help from me. My students complete morning work while I collect homework, take attendance, and lunch count. You can get a few FREE sample pages in the PREVIEW in my store.