Do you meet with your kiddos before the first day of school? We’ve always done a Meet the Teacher Day a couple of days before school begins. It’s a chance for our new students to meet us, take a tour of the classroom, find their cubbies, explore manipulatives they will be using throughout the year, and meet new friends. We also hold our back to school parent meeting immediately after the classroom tour.
We met the kids at the door wearing our pirate hats (you can get them at the Dollar Store or from Amazon) and handed them a treasure map that was rolled up inside of a bottle! They used the map to visit different stations around the classroom including an “X Marks the Spot” where their loot was hidden inside of a treasure chest.
|We printed our maps on fun antique looking paper from Amazon.|
|We put each sign in a clear plastic photo frame and placed them on the tables.|
|Pirate Pattern Blocks|
|QR Code that linked to a pirate song and story|
|Count Yer Loot Game – roll the die and put that
many gems in the treasure chest.
|Our treasure chest of photo booth props|
|Here are some of the pirate books that we
found and put in the treasure chest.
|We save this and add it to their memory book
at the end of the year. Click here to download your editable freebie.
|Parents could pick a piece of “treasure” (our wish list of classroom donations) if they wanted to donate something to our classroom|