Kindergartners get taste of a classroom
by JOYANNA LOVE, Banner Staff Writer
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The first day of school
KINDERGARTENER Addie Frazier displays some of her artwork from her first day of school. The project was inspired by a story teacher Tammy Fields read to the students about Chester the Raccoon on his first day of school. In the book, Chester’s mother gives him a kiss on the paw. Banner photos, JOYANNA LOVE
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Excitement and laughter filled Tammy Fields’ classroom Wednesday as her first group of kindergartners started school.

Students Brody Bright and James Davis said they were excited about everything they would do and learn in kindergarten. Brody said he was going to enjoy reading the calendar every day.

“It was actually really fun to start,” kindergartner Lakelee Byrd said. “I’m excited to learn to read.”

Addie Frazier said she was excited to learn her letters this year.

On the first day of school, “playing outside” was Brody’s favorite thing.

Kaiden McGonigle said his favorite part was working on the computer.

Park View Elementary, like many in the Bradley County school system, has staggered start days for kindergarten students. For the first three days of school, each class will have a different group of about six students to get them used to the classroom before all the students come together.

“That gives us small groups to work with. That way, when we are going over detailed things, they can comprehend a little better,” Fields said.

The first day of school focuses a lot on basics, like how to properly enter the classroom or being quiet in the hallways.

Raccoons and cats helped kindergarten students enjoy learning on their first day.

“I read to them a story about Chester the Raccoon, who is going to school for the first time,” Fields said. “His mom gives him a kiss on the paw, so we painted our hands and did a handprint on a poem.”

Addie said she painted her hand her favorite color — pink. It’s her favorite “because it’s pretty,” she said.

Kaiden also said he enjoyed this activity.

Pete the Cat, a stuffed animal, went missing and students had to find him on a journey throughout the school.

“We got to meet the nurse and the school secretary and the principal and the music teacher. So, we did a school tour looking for Pete,” Fields said.

“Looking for Pete the Cat” was Addie’s favorite thing about the first day of school “because we read notes.”

Each note led the students to another place to look for the missing cat.

“We looked all around the school,” Addie said.

Lakelee said this was her favorite part of the day as well.

“The music room — I love that one,” kindergartner James Davis said.

The students will join the rest of their class Monday for the first day of all the kindergarten students being together.