The first day of school is full of excitement and energy. While most kids look forward to school starting, they can also feel anxious about having a new teacher and new classmates. Prepare your students for the first day of school by sending postcards in the mail about a week or two before school starts. Here are some easy tips for writing letters that prepare students for the first day of school.
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Make your students visualize themselves in your classroom. If you teach multiple grades like me, you’ll most likely have students returning from last year. Send a picture of the two of you from the year before. Take a picture of new students’ desks or cubbies with their name on it. This will help your students see that they are an important part of the school.
Spill the beans about classroom updates. It’s fun to have surprises, but it doesn’t hurt to tell students about a new game, the class pet, or clues about the beginning of the year theme. Give them a little insider information to get them excited about the first day of school.
Share something personal about your summer. Kids like to know what teachers do in their free time. Tell them about a trip you took or a book you read. Share about how hard you have been working to get the classroom ready for them and how excited you are to see them. Kids feel less intimidated when they have a personal connection with their new teacher.
Sending letters in the mail is a fun way to prepare your students for the first day of school and make a personal connections with each family. When students can picture themselves in their new class with their new teacher, they feel less anxious about that exciting first day.