CHESTER THE RACCOON SCHOOL HUNT:
Since Chester is feeling a little scared about school and wondering where his mom is, we go on a school hunt to look for her.
Before school starts prepare and label red hearts with places on the school campus you want to visit (make sure your tell the people you will visit too) such as office, principal, asst principal, secretary, nurse, cafeteria, lunch recess playground, restrooms, gym, music room, art room, counselor, social worker, prek classrooms, playground, fire drill area, etc.
Put the red hearts in Chester’s lap (the stuffed raccoon) and tell the students Chester wants to go looking for his mother.
Or put the the red hearts in a pile in the room with the book & “suddenly” find them.
Search for Chester’s mom and introduce adults and where they work. Adults all over the school love to play along as long as they are not surprised. Make sure they know about the kindergarten visit.
Take pictures of the special people ahead of time for the classroom book that you will read that day and lots of days after the first day of school. I tried to take the pictures on the first day of school with my students. ……It was awful! If you want to take pictures this day, have an EXTRA ADULT who is CAMERA PERSON and NOT THE PARAPRO or AIDE or anyone who will get called away to do something else (like take a kindergartner to the bathroom during picture time!!)……
Return to the classroom. We don’t find Chester’s mom, but he realizes she is at home. He decides he really likes school after getting to know people and places on the campus.
If you have previously taken pictures (I always PREVIOUSLY TAKE PICTURES) I magically pull out my book, and we read the book:
We see Mrs. ______, the secretary, in the office.
We see Mr. ________, the principal, in the office.
We will see mom at home. (I put a picture of my mom here.)