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    The Kissing Hand for first day
    By Gracie McPhail

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    The author's name is Audrey Penn. There are a lot of ideas for this book and others on thevirtualvine.com.
    I toured this website extensively. You'll find suggestions for math integration as well.
    Here is another poem idea that would need to be preprinted and copied for each child.
    It's my first day of kindergarten
    And I'm thinking of you.
    I made this precious handprint
    So you'll think of me, too.

    It's my first day of school
    And "The Kissing Hand" is what we read.
    It's about a raccoon
    Who did just as his parents said.

    Like the raccoon's first day at school
    I was scared and a little shy.
    But because of what you said
    I was brave and I got by.

    All through the year
    I'll make more things for you.
    So as I change and as I learn
    You can witness my growth, too!

    If you preprint this in the middle of a page horizontally, the students can stamp their handprint on each side using a huge inkpad or tempra paint. Add the date, and this will become a parent's favorite piece of artwork! You could even add a thumbprint border

    Otherwise, you might want to make a class book. Preprint This is _____________'s hand. The student would fill in their name on their page. Then, they could stamp their handprint on the page. You could have them glue a mini-heart cut out to the palm(particularly easy if you have an Ellison machine at your school). A front and back cover would be added and all pages would be laminated and bound into a class book. A great way to kick off the idea of publishing and adding to the classroom library. Why you could add a library pocket and sign out card. Students could take turns "checking the book out" and sharing with their families.



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