Monday, July 9, 2012

First Day Pete the Cat Tour

We don't start school until August 20th but this morning I woke up in a panic.  I haven't been in to school AT ALL this summer. 


I checked last week. . . my room hasn't been cleaned yet.  Giant relief!  I can't do anything until it's clean. . . yay!  That was last week. . . this week, I'm panicking.  


I do, thanks to my excellent team, have the first 2 weeks of lessons planned out.  I thing down. . . 200 to go.  AUGH!!!!!!


Ok, deep breath.  


I am super excited to read Pete the Cat's new book Rocking in My School Shoes the first day of school.  For the past 10 years I've read the Kissing Hand and then we do a tour of the school looking for Chester.  This year we are doing a tour of the school while looking for Pete!  


If you haven't seen the new book here's a sneak peek <3




The tour is always crazy insane. . . trying to keep track of 24 kids who don't know hallway rules or understand my expectation yet and whose names and faces I don't have memorized yet. . . oh boy.   BUT it's fun and the kids enjoy the hunt.  I'm always super surprised how many of them TRULY believe we'll find Chester.  : )  



Here's a Pete the Cat freebie for you. (Includes tour of school cards, first day certificate and coloring page)  I found out my kiddos get art this year so I updated the tour.  If you've downloaded this from my TPT site you might want to download it again (I can't post it on TPT anymore. . . long story. . .copyright laws blah, blah, blah.)


Click Pete to get your copy:



Ok, off to get something school related done. . . maybe I'll start my "to do" list.  That always makes me feel better plus I LOVE checking things off the list! 

Head over to Rubberboots and Elf  Shoes linky for more great Pete the Cat ideas!  






63 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! Too cute!!!

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  2. This is fabulous I can't wait to do it with my kiddos on the first day!

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  3. This is too cute! I want to take my kiddos on a Pete Tour of the school on our first day. I am now your newest follower!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and for following my blog! I <3 followers...it's so nice to know I'm not talking to myself! hee hee! : )

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  4. I'm in love with Pete the Cat!!!! Thank you for this freebie! I'll be using it on my first day too! I'm one of your followers now!!!! Come by and visit me sometime!
    Nicole
    lanierlions.blogspot.com/

    PS: It is nice to know that we're not talking to ourselves out here in the blog world! LOL!

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  5. This is so cute! In the past we have done the Gingerbread Man tour but I really like this idea! I think I am going to change some things around in my lessons. thanks for sharing!!
    What I Learned in Kindergarten

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  6. I will have to check on our K teachers and see what they think about a tour- looking for Pete or Chester-
    very cute idea!!
    Staci

    ☞Go NuTTY with ME!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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  7. Thank you for sharing! I will also be switching to Pete the Cat instead of Chester.

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  8. I loved it, thank you so much for sharing! I will do the same thing as you now :)

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  9. Thank you so much! I am freaking out about school too! Soooo much to do and I have a bridal shower with 25 this SAT. And my son's wedding in our backyard Sept 2, needless to say this will be a super fun addition to our first day!
    thanks again,
    Tonia
    Mrsvento.blogspot

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  10. Thank you soooo much for posting this! We are doing Pete this year and this post saved me some work!
    **You have another new follower!!

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  11. I love, love, love Pete the Cat!!! This is too fabulous!! Thank you so much! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  12. This is adorable. I can''t wait to use this next month. You are fantastic!

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  13. Thank you for sharing this!! The preschool teacher uses the Kissing Hand book, so Pete the Cat will be perfect for my little Kinders. :)

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  14. This tour idea is so cute! I just love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  15. Just found your blog today through Pinterest - yay! Added you to my Google Reader and became a follower. Thanks for the darling Pete the Cat tour and color page. It's perfect for the first of school!
    Michelle

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  16. I totally understand how yo feel. I go back and forth about working at school and enjoying summer while I can. I am your newest follower! Your blog is super precious!

    Erica
    Sprinkles to Kindergarten
    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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  17. HA! You cracked me up about how your room's not clean yet, so it's ok! I think the same way. I actually have several things I need to get from my room to tackle a few projects, but we have to turn in our keys at the end of the year, and the office is closed till August, so I can't get in! AGH. Oh well.

    Anyway, I love your blog and am passing on some bloggy awards to you (which I'm sure you've already received, but hey, it's the thought--lol)! Stop by my blog to check it out. :D

    -Gayla
    http://teach-on.blogspot.com

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  18. I love Pete the Cat and the tour idea! We did a school tour on the first day with the gingerbread man last year (an idea from veteran teachers), but I'm super excited about Pete the Cat! Thank you for the freebie!

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  19. Love the idea of the Pete the Cat tour--excited about using it. Also, I kind of feel like I am in a rut with my beginning of the year plans. You said you have the first two weeks planned. Do you have these for sale anywhere? Just looking for new ideas... Thanks

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  20. I am s second grade teacher and plan to use your Pete The Cat ideas. I appreciate you for sharing. Keep up the great work. Diedra

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  21. Thanks for sharing! I'm using Pete the Cat, as well! I'm your newest follower.

    Sarah
    Learning is for Superstars

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  22. Thanks for the freebie! I too do a school tour on the first day! I'm your newest follower :) Stop by and say hi sometime!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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  23. Why is it, with a MONTH left before school starts we freak??? I'm there with you. I want to badly to get everything in place and perfect... and yet there are so many road blocks. Enjoy the chance to reenergize. School will be here before you know it!

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  24. This is so cute! Thanks for the great idea! I just got a Pete doll and his books, so I'm excited to try this out. I am your newest foller. Come on over to my blog for a visit sometime!

    Corinna Woita
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

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  25. This is GREAT! Waaaayy beats my scavenger hunt tour I've been doing for the last ten years! Haha
    Thank you!

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  26. This is super great!!
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    I love Pete the Cat!

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  27. I am so bummed! This sounds so cute, exactly what I was looking for but I can't open the link. Any thoughts on why?

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    1. Do you have the newest version of adobe reader downloaded?

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    2. I did update my adobe reader but it still takes me to a "webpage can not be found" site. I actually opened it through my iphone, but I can't print it from there. I also tried emailing it to myself from my phone, but it still doesn't work. It tells me that I'm not authorized to open google docs. I sent a request but I am not sure what that does. This is all new to me. I just started following your blog and love it! I just hope I can figure this out. I just ordered both Pete the Cat books and the stuffed animal. I was looking for something new. Thanks so much!

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    3. So after a lot of playing around on my computer, like I said this was all new to me, I finally figured it out! Yay!!

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    4. It's All Good. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful freebie. Have a great school year. You have helped my first day easier.

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  28. Thanks so much for this freebie. I am freaking too. WE are being moved into "learning cottages" AKA trailers, AKA the Kinder Condos and can't get in until August 6th hopefully. Felt like I was in a rut wtih Kissing Hand and discovered Pete this past year. Just ordered School Shoes from Amazon so this will work out nicely. Thanks again and cute blog.

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  29. Hi Michelle, thank you so much for this resource. I was so excited when I found it, I just picked up my copy of School Shoes and printed the packet off today. I can't wait to use it in class.

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  30. This is perfect!!! I was just trying to figure out how I was going to use Pete this year and I think this is a great way to introduce him!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

    kindergarten days

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  31. thank you so much for linking up with my Pete party : )

    sandi
    rubber boots and elf shoes

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  32. This is too cute... can't wait to use it with my K/1 combo kids! It will be perfect. Thanks for sharing. I am now following your blog. Would you share the name of the font you used so I can make my "first" look like "Kindergarten" on the pages. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks for following me! : ) The font is LD Dabble. Hope your kiddos enjoy the activity!

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  33. Oh thank you so much for the free Pete the Cat idea! I plan on using Pete the first day as well. I am having one of my talented kids or my hubs make me a pete the cat drawing for a bulletin board in my classroom. I will entitle the board: Pete the Cat says: "It's all good in kindergarten" I am so excited for this!
    Mrs.Egley’sKindergarten

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  34. I don't know whether to thank you or not...I had my whole first day planned out and now I find THIS! I'm changing plans and Pete has been invited!
    THANK YOU!! This is great!
    Jenny
    Owl Things First

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  35. So glad I'm not the only one with panic set in right now! We're not even allowed to work in our rooms until the week before we HAVE to be back. I still have another week and a half until then. Thanks to Pinterest and blogs like this, at least my ideas and some plans are ready in my head! LOL!

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  36. Thank you soooooooo much for this cute freebie! My Kindergaten team is going to use this school tour, but we are going to wait until a little later in the first week. Is there any way that you can make a certificate that says "first week" instead of "first day". If that is possible, please email me at perikson@coastal-link.net. Thanks so much for your cute ideas!!!! I hope you have a great year!
    Paulette

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  37. Thank you so much for posting, even though it's taken of TpT. That is such a joke! I never would have even heard of this book if not for TpT. Authors are going to have to realize that things like this promote the sales and use of their books. Thanks again!

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  39. Thank you the free printable. Wonderfully made. I have all 3 of the books and am waiting anxiously for the newest due to come out soon, Pete Saves Christmas. That should be hilarious. Have a great weekend. God Bless. Mrs. Valerie

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  40. THANK YOU!!! This is perfect! Now, to order the book!!!

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  41. Thanks so much! This freebie is great! :)

    ~ Lisa
    Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos

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  42. I love this freebie! Our kinders will love it! Thanks for generously sharing your ideas!

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  43. Thank you so muchforthis freebie- I have been trying to find a new way to do our school tour and this is awesome!!

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  44. I wanted to come back and leave a LARGE, HUGE thank you for this school tour! It worked out GREAT and my kids loved it!!!! Thank you for all your hard work and sweet creativity!!!!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how your class enjoyed it! Thank you!

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  45. Thank-you- saving it for next year!

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  46. Where did you find your Clip Art?

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  47. Wow! Thank you so much! My jitters about my first first day of school are gone now :)

    -2nd year K teacher

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  48. This is so kind of you! Thank you for the great resource!
    Michelle

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  49. I love this! I teach first grade, and my firsties are new to my building since my district has an early learning center for PreK and K. I was planning to try to write up some clever clues like this, and now I don't have to. Thank you so much!
    Tanya ☺
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

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  50. I love this! Is there any way you would send me an editable version so I could type in slightly different directions. Sadly, our school no longer has art.... :(

    ashleybraypage@gmail.coom

    I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!!!!!

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  51. OH MY GOSH!! I am totally in love with Pete the Cat!!! This is awesome! This will be my very first year teaching kindergarten on my own (I have been a para waiting on a job for the last 3 years) I cannot wait to do this with my kinderbabies. Thank you so much!!

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  52. This is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  53. Thank you so much! This is great! I love it!

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