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    First Days of School
    By Robin

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    I like to use a lot of good children's literature. I like the books of P.K. Hallinan (My Teacher's My Friend) and Nancy Poydar's First Day Hooray. The children and I use them to discuss our joys and expecations about second grade. I also do a bulletin board activity called "Heard it Through the Grapevine!". Each child draws a picture of something they heard and/or would like to learn or do in grade 2. They also write a sentence for their picture, and I type it to fit on the grape.Then, I arrange their individual grapes into a bunch. It's fun to look at how their artwork and expectations change from the beginning of the year to the end. We also do self-portraits and some writing about ourselves and our likes and interests. Mailbox and Carson Delosa publish excellent activity books for the different months and separate ones for back-to-school. You might want to look at some of these if you have access to a teacher supply store.

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