New Year's Breakfast Ideas
Many Primaries have a
breakfast at the first of the year to introduce the
children to their new teachers. Here are some of your ideas....
-small breakfast of muffins (we as a Pres. all make 3
doz. each), juice, milk & fruit
-all the kids go to their new classrooms with their new
teachers and spend about 20 minutes participating in a get-to-know you game
the teachers have prepared.
-everyone comes back together and we have some kind of
group game and/or guess who this is (we have the teachers and our presidency
each write a little something about themselves that no one else would know and
the kids have to try and guess)
-the end is always something related to the new theme for
the year, after which we have a closing prayer.
We have the activity from 9-10:30, which works out
good. All the tables are set with the class names on them, so the kids and
teachers know where to go. I think it's important for the kids to get-to-know
the teachers outside of the classroom and this is a good opportunity to do so.
(Idea by Kathryn Hardy)
teacher brunch by Lynda Whitlock
your teacher PJ's Party by Tina
Something we did a couple of years ago to
introduce the kids to their new teachers was to have all the primary teachers
bring picture of themselves from when they were little (no older than 2 years
old, or it becomes too obvious). The kids loved guessing which teacher belonged
to which picture. We just put all the pictures on a poster board with a number
under each one. Then we would ask the kids, "Which teacher is number 8?" And so
on. (Idea by Becky
When we did this, we had each teacher bring a
pillowcase of things that were hers and described what she liked etc. The
classes each set at assigned tables and drew items out of the bag as they
learned about their teacher, We did this last year and since the theme was what
it was, she also shared her favorite scripture story. We as a presidency printed
out a picture of a open book and the kids drew there favorite scripture story in
it. We then laminated them and hung them around the room for the children to
reflect on through the year.
(Idea by Rochelle Miller)
At the start of each new Primary year, we have
get-to-know-you Pajama breakfast. We split it into Jr. and Sr. groups.
While one group is eating, the other group is meeting their teacher and
classmates in their new classroom. Our tradition is an M&M game. You pass around
a bag of M&M's (or if you are concerned about each child putting his hands in
the same bag, you could give each child a small bag of his own) and each child
in turn draws out one M&M. We have color-coded questions: if you draw a red M&M
you tell the group what your favorite treat is, if you draw a yellow M&M you
tell the group what you like to do in your free time, that kind of thing. If you
draw a color you have already "answered", then you just eat that piece of candy
and the turn moves to the next person. It's quick and the kids love it. We do it
on a class-by-class basis, but I'm sure you could do it with bigger groups.
Split it up Jr/Sr, or by last name (A-M and N-Z), or however works for your
group. I don't know if I'd try it with all 60 at once, though. (Idea by Marci)