Thursday, July 10, 2014

Diggin' Into Next Year: Beginning of the Year! {freebies included!)

I'm back with more ideas for Laura's super Diggin' Into Series!
This post is a little late to the party, but late is better than never! :)

begin the year!
I always plan so many activities for the beginning of the year.
Half of them I never even get to!

I spend a lot of time with name games and community building activities.

This is one of my favorite pinspired activities.
We read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.  
I have this big beautiful pink heart.
We talk about how words can hurt us.
The kids each give an example of something not nice that a friend said to them.
Each time, I crumple the heart, until it isn't so pretty anymore.
Then we try to make it pretty again.
It doesn't work! *sad face*
So we talk about how mean words can hurt us and even if the person who said it apologizes, 
that it still leaves a wrinkle in our heart.
The kids each write their names on a bandaid and we keep it up all year!

Another fun project is our little people!
The kids each make a little paper version of themselves.  
I put it on a bulletin board and it's up all year.  

In the past, I have done it like this:

Last year, I changed it up a little! :)

We also read Elmer.
Who is my absolute FAVORITE!!!!!
You can check out my Elmer pack!

We talk about our differences and why it's okay to be different.
Then we make paper Elmers...

AND milk carton Elmers!
You can find out how to make these {HERE!}

In the past, I have also done All About Me Books at the beginning of the year.
Last year, I did them at the end of the year with our ABC Countdown.
Really, they're good for anytime!

I am always looking for new activities and bulletin board ideas for the beginning of the year (and anytime!)

Here are some beginning of the year freebies!
Click the pictures to grab them! :)

These little bookmarks I add a melted crayon shape too.

Stop by Where the Magic Happens to read my fabulous friends' posts too! :)

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