Each day, on the morning message, the children rush to read the name at the bottom.
Lorelei is first today.
Finley is first today.
Liam is first today.
Throughout the year, each child will get many opportunities to be “first”.
But what does it mean? What does the “first person” do?
Let’s ask the children:
What do you have to do if you are first?
“It’s a good responsibility and hard because you have to lead the class to the right spots.”
“At the end of the day you get to feed the pet and count how much days of school we had!”
“You get to be in front of the line after park is over and when we go to park. All the time you get to be in the line. At lunch time you get to sit in a chair and lead the prayer. And then ring the chimes and turn on the lights when it’s time to talk with your friends at lunch.”
“You help the teachers by holding the doors.”
Being “first” is a responsibility and a privilege. Let’s find out some of the privileges of being first:
What is the best thing about being first?
“You get to choose your own partner for snack and walking to park.”
“You get to choose where you want to sit for snack!”
“You get to feed the pet!”
“I think going in the loft to read!”
Many children begin the year believing that the first child to arrive at school gets to be “first” for the day. Actually, each class rotates through the class list, so that everyone gets the same number of turns.
What a great way to cultivate the idea that leaders have privileges as well as responsibilities!