The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson is the story of a young girl who feels different from her new classmates.  It is the story of discovery as she realised that actually she has things in common with others and if she just begins to accept her differences then so too will her classmates and they may even become her friends. 

A great book for the first day of school with activities that include a find-a-word, drawing pictures of a perfect holiday and a perfect summer, an activity to build camaraderie between classmates by finding things they have in common, a world mapping activity and a a graphing activity to find out other people's favourite things.


The games below are advertisement free and will open in a new window. They can be played by children online as many times as they like. The Match Up Memory Card Game will allow children to improve their memory while the Maze Game lets them develop strategy and problem solving skills while having fun. These games will also build children's attention, concentration and focus, visual recognition and short-term memory. Enjoy.

Free Teaching Resources

Country Find-A-Word

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A Perfect Summer

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Find Countries

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Favourite Things

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Dream Holiday

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Common Traits

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