Earlier this year I had the idea of having kids write a “get to know me” letter to their new teacher as part of my Get Ready for K Through Play series. I decided that this would be a great back to school activity for all three of my kids – Lily, who is starting kindergarten, Johnny who will be in first grade, and Emma, who will be in third grade. We wrote our letters last night (school starts today), and the kids seemed to enjoy it. It also seemed to help ease new school/new teacher/new class nerves.
Writing a letter to someone you don’t know can be challenging, so I typed up a very simple form. I kept the paper very simple so that the kids could decorate it as they wished. Even Anna got in on this activity – she does, after all, think she belongs in kindergarten with Lily.
Here are their completed letters – Anna’s only teacher for the moment is me, and I’m happy to keep this memento! She is very proud of her circle drawing ability – very nice for a two-year-old! She kept pointing at the squiggles and telling me they were water. The circles are people and cats (meows).
Johnny has always been an imaginative child, and I loved the way he used pencils in his artwork. You can probably tell that he got a bit silly during this activity.
You can also tell that Emma and Johnny were sitting together. Her paper includes the quadratic formula, which Mike taught her to write this summer. She doesn’t have any idea what it means.
Lily’s letter shares Anna’s cat theme. I didn’t realize she knew how to write letters so neatly. All of the pictures at the bottom are of me and Anna, and I think she has a little anxiety about leaving us every day. Luckily she only has half day kindergarten, so we still get special Mama-Anna-Lily time every day.
I think next year I’ll get out colored pencils and crayons, to make their letters a bit more colorful, but this worked nicely as an organized-at-the-last-minute activity. You can download the form for your kids to use below:
Has school started up where you live yet? What back to school activities are you doing to get settle in for the new school year?