I think this important for the children, parents and YOU!! You won't have as many confused parents. I have found the kids understand it much better than their parents.


We have had an orientation for incoming first graders. Here's what we do:


  1. I speak with the parents while the children are with another adult.
  2. The children get a tour and see examples of what they might do.
  3. The parents get the quick explanation of MI learning, history of Rotation at our church, changes in drop off and pick up routine (from preschool)
  4. I explain what shepherds are and why we have them.
  5. Then the parents get a walk through of a typical morning.
  6. We have a 10 mininute gathering each week before the kids go to their class, so we start there. Then we take a tour of the rooms.
  7. The children end up in the art room, and use some of the fun materials.
  8. The parent tour ends in the art room, so everyone is together.


The children are excited, and the parents feel like they have a better handle on what to expect. Hope this helps.

We are having 2 weeks of Back-to-school workshops where the older siblings and friends will help orient the new kindergarteners to the process, get nametags updated and made, try a few short mini-workshops that we haven't had time for including, etc. Then we will kick off our year on Sept. 12th, hopefully with everyone on board!
One of the things we do each year is to invite the parents of first graders to actually participate in the rotation on the first day. this is especially helpful if the child is the oldest in the family. This eases a lot of worries on the part of the children, who are going "upstairs" instead of to the familiar preschool wing. Parents enjoy the opportunity to see what it is all about, and I am available to answer questions and provide encouragement for getting involved.
Jan Snell
A question was posted asking for an introductory letter...


I have a letter that I send to parents of first graders as they prepare to participate in our rotation program.
I am not sure if this is what you are looking for, but feel free to adapt it... or not!

Jan S

Dear First Grade families,

Beginning September 7, Rally Day, your first grader will move “upstairs” for Sunday School and join the “big kids” in B.I.B.L.E. Adventure!

The Sunday morning learning model for the elementary children will be a very different, but exciting, experience for your child.

Instead of meeting in a traditional classroom each Sunday, children will rotate to a different room each week. I have enclosed a brochure in this letter which I hope will help you and your child know what to expect, especially if he/she is the oldest in the family!

To help you and your child on the first day, all parents of first graders are invited to participate with your first grader in an “open house”.

Immediately following the 10 a.m. worship, you are invited to come to room 1. There, you will meet the first graders and go with them and their shepherds to the Bible Adventure rooms upstairs. The rooms we will be using during our first unit will be Book of Acts. Thou Art, Mouse Pad, Signs and Wonders and BibleMax! The new unit will begin on September 14, and we will be learning about Baby Moses in the Basket. Following the “tour” we will gather in the Great Hall for some fun treats!

Every Sunday, there will be a poster at the bottom of the stairway near the Kirk Parlour kitchen, and one on the large bulletin board outside of room 5. These posters indicates which grade level is in which room every Sunday. The information is also in the bulletin every Sunday and is posted on the House of Hope website.

I hope that all of you will be able to participate on Rally Day. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to hear from you.

In God’s service,
<your name here>

Edited post to add the gist of the original question.

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