We’re back! Day one.
Excitement. Anxiety. Joy.
Emotions fill my classroom today as the students come pouring down the hallway. What do I do first? Do I show them around the room? Do I talk about the rules? Should they share about their summer right away?
I know, let’s read!
The best way for me to start my year is with a read aloud. For six years in a row, I read First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg. A fabulous story about Sarah who is dreading her first day of school. The butterflies are swarming around in her stomach. Her bed is calling her name (as well as her father from downstairs). But Danneburg hits the reader with a fun, shocking surprise!
My students laughed. Chuckled. Whispered to their neighbor.
This is precisely the reason why I start with such a fun read aloud. I want to bring JOY back to reading this year. The excitement of turning the next page. The anticipation of waiting for the next book in the series. The thrill of learning a new word along the way.
So, thank you, books, for providing the smiles and joy for the first day of school and many more to come!