The start of the school year often brings a wide variety of emotions. There is excitement about new possibilities mixed with some nerves about the unknown. You can help ease some of those fears by sharing the book, A Letter From Your Teacher on the First Day of School. I have created a free letter and envelope craft to pair with this book.
About the Book
Written by: Shannon Olsen
Illustrated by: Sandie Sonke
From the author and illustrator of Our Class is a Family, this heartwarming picture book helps teachers in welcoming their new group of students on the first day of school. Through a letter written from the teacher’s point of view, students are given the message that their new teacher is someone they will get to form a special bond with. Their teacher is not only there to help them academically, but also to cheer them on, and to provide a caring, safe environment for them to learn and grow.
During back to school time, teachers are wanting to set the tone for the new year. In addition to establishing rules and procedures, they are ready to get to know their kids and start building positive relationships. This is a read aloud that helps with laying that foundation, and it serves as a great starting point for get-to-know-you activities and class community building.
If you don’t already have a copy of A Letter From Your Teacher on the First Day of School in your classroom or school library, you can find it on Amazon.
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Dear Teacher Letter and Envelope Craft
After reading the story, your students can write a letter to YOU. In that note, students can write about their hopes and dreams for the new school year, ask a question, share an interesting fact about themselves, or explain what they enjoy about school. Or, let students lead the way with writing from their hearts.
You could also write a personal note to each student. Simply place the completed notes on their desks for a first day of school surprise!
You can find the templates and directions needed to make this letter and envelope craft here:
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