Orientation AND Open House

Our school has Open House BEFORE the first day of school, so students can meet their teachers and check out their classroom. At "my" school, there are only 2.5 kindergarten teachers. Lucky for us, we have a lot of say in how we conduct our classrooms, so we (I) decided the mornings of Open House each year should be dedicated to a Kindergarten Orientation. At Orientation, we go through all of our classroom policies, in hopes to clarify confusion regarding homework and behavior expectations. It really does work! I use a Powerpoint presentation so I remember ALL I have to say.

I have the parents sign-in so I can send home a "Thank You" for attending.

At the Open House, I have a cute jar filled with Hershey's kisses and the parents/children have to estimate how many kisses in the jar. The person closest gets to keep the whole thing! I also give out these mints...


  1. where did you get the mint those are a great asset for the open house really cute

  2. I made them! I will send you a copy. Thanks for reading!

  3. I am amazed at how creative you are and was wondering if you would be willing to share the forms that you give to your parents for kinder orientation and open house. My work email is: and home email is:

    I really appreciate how you are sharing all these great ideas! :)

  4. Is there any way you can email me your Open House and Orientation Packet? You emailed me the Easy Tasks. I have already filed them and organized them for next year. my email is

  5. I am very impressed with how organized and creative you are. I am a 1st grade teacher and could really use some of these ideas in my grade. Could you please share your forms with me. Especially the Open house. My email is
    Thank You

  6. I love your 'mint' thank you cards. Would love to use them at my Open House this week. Is it possible to get a copy? Thanks for sharing all your ideas.


  7. Comendable! am Amazed at your creativity and innovation. request you to share your Orientation and open house pockets. Also if possible, please mail the mint card, what a beautiful gesture. I am also looking at a few first day activities for kids of grade 3. my email is bannuji@gmail/com
    Thanks a ton.

  8. I'm a kinder teacher and I relly loved your thank you for coming to open house mint idea. Can you e-mail me a copy at I would greatly appreciated. Thanks.