Teach them the expected behaviors in each environment. It turns out their outfits were the perfect conversation starters. Make an "About Me" Booklet.
My brother was just next door in a class known as the first grade.
Be supply-smart. I started crying and they took me to my brother. Check out the Klutz personalized calendar and gratitude journal that helps kids track important events with a bookmark, sticky notes and stickers.
Because many of my students are not able to read when starting kindergarten, I also provide visuals to help them understand the schedule.
Snacks are critical. That way, the students can continue to use them throughout the year as reading buddies, too.
I take ours shot on the front steps. I like to get a good writing sample on the first day with no instruction. Heidi Butkus, creator of Heidi Songshas a fabulous classroom management CD that my students just love.
Meanwhile, I'd use that wear-what-you-want idea to my advantage: If I spotted a dinosaur t-shirt, I'd be all Hey!