Scholastic books and DVD's have such wonderful stories to read and watch. Kinders love to learn the song for 'Chicka chicka Boom boom' and it's something different to sing besides the alphabet song. I get bandages and iodine to fix torn letters and bruises on magnet letters for the class. After the students glue their name with huge 4 inch letters-we hang them on the wall and near lockers for all to see. After the students go home - a 'not-so-nice' person came in and hurt the letters - when the students return the next day - they have to play doctor and fix everything.
My older students get to dress like Miss Nelson in 'Miss Nelson is Missing' and then try to dress like another teacher in the book. They write descriptive sentences for other students to decide who that teacher is; they don't have to be Miss Nelson. They also choose teachers from our school!