Back to School Fun and a Freebie!

In the words of lovable Lilly, "Wow...that is just about all I can" These last few weeks have been insane! I have been so busy with my nineteen new firsties and my roles as team leader,  teacher mentor, and mommy that I feel like I've barely had time to breathe! Not to mention, I caught the dreaded stomach bug during our first week of school and actually had to leave my new friends in the middle of the school day--yikes! (I hope to never, ever have to do that again--it was awful!) 

Anyways, I'm finally back to normal (well, some might say that) and I've got first week fun to share! This year, I did my Kissing Hand Writing and activities as usual, but I spruced up our class book a little bit, and I think it turned out quite cute, if I do say so myself!  Here it is if you'd like to use it with your friends, too!

By the way, I also hit a new world record with our hand painting--19 kiddos in 15 minutes flat! I cannot tell you how proud I was of myself, haha!

In addition to the Kissing Hand, we had lots of fun with Abby's Jitter Juice, and we even made a snack of our own! We called it our "Friendship Mix," and it was a really nice team-building activity. I gave each child a baggie of one particular snack. We talked about making a snack mix and how we would need lots of different things for it to taste really good. So, each child added his or her items to the "Friendship Mix" and added his or her name to our class chart. We talked about how neat it was that the snack mix tasted best with lots of different items, and it was similar to how our class is much better with all of our different friends. We even came up with the saying, "It takes a bunch to make a tasty munch!" All in all, it was a really nice way to end our first day together!


  1. If I didn't already have my kissing hand activity planned out and copied I would definitely steal yours...super cute!

    For the Love of First Grade

  2. I like the class book kissing hand idea, I've always just done individual, and impressive time on the painted hands!

  3. Love it! I just gave you a shout out on my blog. Have a wonderful long weekend!!


    First Grade with a Cherry on Top


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