I have a couple of contributions to the First Day of School Linky Party hosted by Fun In First :)
Beginning of the Year Story
One of the books I love to read to my kids is Don't Eat the Teacher!
It's a hilarious story about a young shark who has a bad, but funny habit of chomping everything in sight.
Balloon PoppingAnother fun first day activity is to pop balloons! The night before school I insert a little toy, candy or silly joke inside a number of balloons (one for everybody, of course). After we've settled in a bit and are sitting in a circle, the kids take turns saying "hi" and then each child gets to pop a balloon to find their "surprise"!
Hey There NeighbourRight before all this fun begins I teach them a quick and fun introduction to each other. We begin by learning the chant and actions in one big circle, but then quickly switch to partners. You may have heard it before:
Hey there neighbours (shake right hands)
What do you say? (shake left hands)
It's gonna be (move right hand in a half circle wave)
A happy day. (move left hand in a half circle wave)
Greet your friends (high five)
And boogie on down (do a little knee-bending shimmy)
Give 'em a bump (a gentle hip bump)
and turn around! (now turn around)
Thanks so much for stopping by!