Even when things are going great both at home and professionally I still tend to plan ahead, so I honestly can say I've been thinking about how to start off the year with the students for awhile now. Last year, I made fifty cupcakes and we had cupcakes and did these cupcake conversation starters available here at TPT (after we set up our speech folders , course)!
This was a big hit because the kids really liked the treat and how relaxed we started the year off. This year, I think I will do either a get-to-know you activity around Skittles or M & M's like these below:
Food can be tricky sometimes, as so many kids have food allergies these days, so a book for the first session of the year can be a good alternative like this good one (Chrysanthemum) I posted about here.
What fun activities are you using to start off the next school year?