The first day of school is an exciting day for teachers and students. There is a ton of prep work on both ends…from setting up a fun classroom to purchasing new supplies and clothes for the year. When a young learner walks into the classroom on the first day and sits in the chair do you have an excited activity to welcome them to their room?
Every year I welcomed my new kindergarteners and first graders with an engaging activity that would be used through the first week of school…their name tag necklaces. The necklaces help me to learn my new students names and faces and help the staff they would meet throughout the first week get to know them as well!
On the first day, I provided each child with a laminated name tag at their table or desk with a string attached. Every table had one or two bins of beads to share as they created designs on their own necklace.
By having the welcoming activity focus on their name my learners felt excited and comfortable in their new surrounding because they instantly knew that they belonged. They didn’t have a coloring sheet like every other learner in the room, they have their very own necklace with their own name on it…warm fuzzies all around.
Having one or two bins of beads on each table forced my learners to become close to those at their table and allowed them to work together and cooperate right off the bat. They shared beads, helped each other find a specific color and asked what their neighbors name tag said. There was instantly a community feeling throughout the classroom and it easily carried over through the rest of the week.
This activity also hits so many basic skills you want your young learners to practice. Name identification, color identification, and fine motor development just to name a few…it’s a win-win all around!
On the first day of school using name tag necklaces can help your learners feel welcome and comfortable while providing a sense of community in the classroom. All you need is a name tag for each child, string, beads and bins for this easy and engaged welcoming activity!
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