At the start of each year I like to send a handwritten letter to each student in my class telling them that we are looking forward to meeting them and about the fun things we will be doing. I do this to help the children look forward to coming to Kindy and perhaps ease some separation anxiety. I think it also helps to build a relationship between the children and myself and the parents and myself (EYLF PRINCIPLES: Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships and Partnerships with families). Last year I also included an idea I stumbled upon from Sunny Days in Second Grade called Ready Confetti. I’ll include it again this year.
The idea behind the Ready Confetti is that children may feel nervous on the night before school starts. So the child places the Ready Confetti under their pillow the night before school starts to help them feel ready for school the next day.
I’ve spent today making 20 Ready Confettis to post out to the children who will be in my class this year. I bought some tiny snaplock bags at the local newsagent and filled them with foil glitter confetti.
I also modified the document in Publisher so that it would print out on A4 paper into a foldable card.
This picture shows the front cover and the inside.
I stapled them shut so that they can be opened the night before school starts back.
What do you do at the start of a new school year to help your children feel welcomed into your classroom?