How to Rock Your Open House

Year six has officially kicked off, and I had a successful Sneak Peek with my new students.

Here's a few things I've learned throughout the years:

1. Be explicit with visual instructions. 

You may be mid-conversation when a new family walks in the door. Don't let them feel uncomfortable while they wait for you! 

2. Make sure there is a (labeled) place for everything. 

Again, you may be mid-conversation. Make your expectations clear to set students up for success right away. 

3. Set the tone with your new students. This is your first impression, and it's important. 

Learn their names before they arrive. 

Smile, greet them at the door with a handshake, and make genuine conversation.

4. Start laying the foundations to develop students' love for reading. 

Before my students leave Sneak Peek, I ask them to pick out two books for their book boxes. Right away, I know what types of books their drawn to, and they have familiar books to look forward to on Monday morning. 

This year, I tried an idea from my friend Alisha at Missing Tooth Grins so that I could read to my new students before the first day of school. I hope it was a pleasant surprise found in their folders when they got home! 

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