First Day Jitters for Real
This idea for helping with first day jitters comes to from Jane, a Kindergarten Teacher in Springfield, MI.
On the first day of Kindergarten, I expect my young students will arrive excited, nervous, and even a bit apprehensive. So, when a mother-daughter duo came to my door that first morning and Mom reported her daughter, Marleen, was complaining she felt sick and to not pay that any mind, I took the news into consideration while also assuring them both that everything would be just fine.
Once my small charges were all seated, I welcomed them to my class by inviting Marleen to come up to the front of the room to help everyone feel more comfortable. With Marleen’s permission, I told my new class that she had been complaining her tummy felt “funny.” I asked those who felt fluttery in their tummies to raise their hands. To my delight, 23 small hands shot into the air. I then said, “See, Marleen, we all feel a bit nervous this first day. You are not alone. Do you feel better now?” She nodded in agreement and then emptied the contents of her funny-feeling tummy on my shoes.
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This article was part of the August 2010 Classroom Connection Newsletter. Check out the other articles from this edition: