For the second year in a row, my kindergarten team has hosted a "Kindergarten Round Up" for our incoming kindergartners. We LOVE doing this, because it gives us an opportunity to meet the students who are going to be spending the year with us next year AND it gets the students excited about kindergarten!
I wanted to share some tips to make YOUR kindergarten round up a successful one! Of course, we were so busy, I didn't get many pictures...I know; terrible blogger status...bare with me!
SEND OUT INVITATIONS
*I designed an invitation for us, and our principal emailed it out to all of our incoming families! They had two afternoons to chose from...of course, the second night was definitely busier than the first! (I may even recommend dividing it, and assigning nights for parents.)
SIGN IN STUDENTS BY GROUPS
*We divided the kiddos in to three groups when they were with us, so to help with that, we used three different clip boards (each with different colors). We use coordinating sharpies to write their name tags, so that when we took the kiddos to our rooms, we could just say "blue group come with me", etc.
HAVE A PHOTO BOOTH
*Our art department had an old barn left over from their art show, so we borrowed that and one of my team members made some precious cowboy photo props (think hat, sheriffs badge, etc.)
*This worked well for TWO things...we now have pictures with each of the kids so we remember who they are AND the parents had fun taking pictures of their kiddos. :)
KEEP THE PARENTS IN A MEETING
*The parents stayed in the Multi-Purpose room with our AP and discussed all of the important topics, got a tour, etc. This kept them busy while we had their kids, and allowed them to concentrate on all of the boring parent stuff!
TAKE THE KIDS FOR ASSESSMENT(ish)
*Like I said, we had the kids in three groups. We rotated each group in 15 minutes segments (math assessment, letter assessment, bingo/behavior assessment). I created one assessment sheet for each child, so that all of our info was together. The kiddos just traveled with their papers:
Here's a sneak peek of what we had the children do on the sheets:
And the recording sheet the "behavior" team used...