There’s something about beginnings: the start of a new book, a new home, a new baby, a new job, the start of a race. Beginnings are exciting and full of opportunity. It’s from the beginning we set the stage for all that is to come.
Schools know about beginnings.
Teachers know about beginnings.
There’s something about those days before our year begins as we puzzle over new room arrangements, send out communication to our new families, plan our first learning experiences, select our first read alouds, and bring out the new supplies. After days of work and planning, we look around our classrooms ready for our new beginning. We wonder about the new friendships that will grow in our classrooms, the stories that will be shared, the authors we will grow to love as a community, and the conversations that will bring us together.