Great Ideas: The New Kid

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Make a “welcome kit” for new students in your class

Teachers Bonnie Lilly, Alicia Grimshaw, Terry Schild, and Amanda Odum share a great way to help the “new” student to feel welcomed in your classroom.

Each new student is given a welcoming kit to take home at the end of the school day. Its contents include a class book, welcoming information for parents, and a literature picture book. Make a disposable kit by utilizing a medium-sized gift bag. Encourage student participation by adding messages to or decorating the exterior of the bag. Make a “student handbook” about the class community (who we are, what we like to do, what we think is fun, what we’re good at, how we help each other), and tell about the events or parts of the school day, explaining the rules and their meaning to the students.

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