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Make a class book to help students become acquainted to the school staff:  Take a picture of each staff member and glue to a sheet of construction paper.  Model the text after Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and label each page, "Kindergarten, Kindergarten, who do you see?  I see ____________ looking at me!" (staff member's name goes in the blank).  Laminate and bind the pages together to make a book for all to enjoy.
Lining Up:   Number a set of cardboard cards equal to the number of students in your class.   When each child arrives at school, have them pick a number card out of some kind of container.  After they have their number, direct them to place it beside their name on a chart.  Throughout the day, have the children line up according to their number for that day.  At the end of the day, numbers are returned to their container for the next morning.  If you have a line-leader or helper of the day/week, you can just have them be number one for that day or week.
Graphing:   Purchase some computer printer labels to use for graphing.  Using chart paper or butcher paper, set up your graph (ex:  how do you get to school?  Choices would be walking, car, bus, etc.)  Give each child a label with their name on it and have them stick it on in the appropriate place.  Creates an instant bar graph.
No-Cook Dough Recipe:  

4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 3/4 cups warm water tinted with food coloring

Combine the flour and salt, add warm water.  Knead dough for about 10 minutes.  Keep refrigerated in an airtight containter (will air-dry in one to five days)


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