If I had it my way, the first week of my term would be focused on community building, cheesy icebreakers (that adults hate and kids love), and aaallllllll the school related books. Although I love the classic charmers, like First Day Jitters, I love LOVE using untraditional stories and new finds to teach policies and procedures. Which brings me to Rules of the Playground: my new favorite back to school book. I'm using it at my playdate on Saturday (see previous posts for water bead amazingness), but I can't wait (CAN'T WAIT) to read it to my newbie students. When I was a kid we had this really cool fort on the playground and we would race to it. Whoever was first would chant "I'm the king of the castle and you're a dirty rascal!" - this book is so reminiscent of those memories and being the ruler for the day. It's also rad that three main characters are named after the author's kids - I'm obsessed with Augustine's faces throughout the read. The perfect book to teach recess (and play) etiquette.
We had the greatest time painting our @fortmagic! The kids got super messy!! We wrapped the entire base of our "castle" with saran wrap, whipped up some shaving cream + food coloring, and let the toddlers have at it!
Water beads & water balloons.
My rulers of the playground! We made cardboard crowns and all promised to be kind and fair!