Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beginning of the Year Class Book Idea

A few days ago I read Lisa's blog over at First Class with Mrs. Mac (I'm a Mrs. Mac too!) and she shared a great idea for the beginning of the year to make a "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" type book with the kids and let them draw things they see. Click here to see her post and get a copy of her printable book.

With her permission, I changed it just a little so that each child will "see" another classmate. It will be a great way for kids to practice writing their own name and learn each other's names. The first thing my kids will do when they arrive on the 1st day of school is color/decorate their name in bubble letters (that I've printed for them). Then we'll use these later that day or the next to make this book.

Click the image below to get your copy and directions. On the last page I typed a few names in a bubble letter font as an example, of course you don't need to print this page since you'll have to type your own but the font is called "Basic Font" (you may know of a better bubble font though).

(I posted about this again with an updated cover for the new school year, 2012-2013. Click here to go to that post.)
What other great activities is anyone planning for the first few days? Or is school starting so far off that you aren't thinking about it yet? I have 3 and a half weeks of summer left. Sounds like a good amount of time but I know it'll fly by!


  1. This is great! I made one last year that had the specialists, counselor, office staff, etc. in it for my Kindergartners so they could get to know the other adults in the school!

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  3. Sorry! Typo! :0) Don't you just love autocorrect?

    I love your variation of this book! My teaching partner and I did something similar when I taught kindergarten and the students loved it. Thanks for sharing!


  4. I think you an I are starting at the same time. I have 3 1/2 weeks too. Well, that is until I have to return. The kids have an additional week.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  5. We do that same activity! Love it! Yours is MUCH cuter though! Thanks for sharing!

    Frolicking Through First

  6. Cute idea......i love the font. Thanks for sharing your idea.
    :) Sue

  7. Love the idea and your blog!! :0)
    All In A First Grade Day

  8. Popping by to say Hi. You were spotlighted in my Blog Mix Linky Party.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

  9. What is the font you used for the directons page ?


  10. Mini- it's called Doodle Tipsy. I guess I should've mentioned that since it's used on the other pages as well!

  11. I love your version of the activity!

  12. I love this activity and book. I'd like to download basic font--but I'm having trouble finding it. Can you tell me a website where I might find it?

  13. Mrs. Seeger,
    Well it took me awhile to find it too! But here's a link that should allow you to download the font.

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