First Grade Stinks: Don’t you just love that title? It cracks me up every time I look at it.
This book was recommended by one of the — dare I say it — hundred(s) of bloggers I follow. I bought it last summer and the kids get a real kick out of it.
Title: First Grade Stinks
Author: Mary Ann Rodman
Illustrator: Beth Spiegel
Published by Peachtree Publishers, 2006
Suitable for ages 5 – 7
Theme/Topic: School, Change
“First day, first grade!” I sing. “Can’t wait, can’t wait” “We’re big kids now, Haley,” says my friend Ryan as we get off the bus. Little kids stand at the school door, holding their parents’ hands. Not Ryan and me. We walk into the school all by ourselves.”
Ha ha … some days I feel like saying that.
Synopsis: Well, the day starts out just fine but as I’m sure you quickly surmised by the title, not all is perfect in the Land of Grade 1. It turns out that Haley’s new teacher isn’t as colourful and sunshine-y as her kindergarten teacher. THIS teacher actually makes her work a little harder than she was expecting. Oh no! Haley finally has a major melt-down. But, it turns out her new teacher is very sweet and kind (what else?) and Haley decides First Grade is pretty splendid after all.
Why I Like This Book: My reasoning is a little wonky … it has nothing to do with the kids … it’s more about me because that grade one teacher is JUST LIKE ME! Quiet, not flashy, serious about getting the work done. But I LOVE my kids and I think pretty quickly, like Haley, they figure out that I care and I’m still lots of fun.
1. The Brown Bag Teacher has lots of ideas for the first day of school in Grade 1.
2. Fun in First has a cute idea for magic playdough that’s sure to be a first day of school winner!
3. And of course, Chester the Racoon, is always great for exploring those first day feelings (I got this from Rhonda’s blog, Classroom Fun).
4. If you’re brave enough to do an art activity on the first day, the Art of Education has 5 wonderful ideas for you!
5. Teach 4 the Heart has 10 great ideas for what NOT to do on the first day of school. These tips are definitely worth checking out.
6. And I really like this article from neaTODAY called 8 Ways to Make Students Feel Welcome on First Day of School.
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Have a GREAT first day and week!
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