When I taught kindergarten I always sent home Mouse as the class pet. When I was promoted to first grade my partner teacher had a different tradition. She picks a different animal each year for the children to adopt and name. Last year my class had a brown dog called Fluffy. The children absolutely loved taking the dog home and writing in the journal and reading it to the class.
So this summer I found another dog for the class and put together a journal. On the first day of school I introduce the dog to the children and they brainstorm a list of names for the dog. I thought they came up with some cute names. However in the end they vote for the name they want.
This year I am putting the journal in a binder with plastic sheets because our notebook was damaged last year. Hopefully this will protect the pages so I can give them back to the children.
The first page is the introduction on getting the dog at Target. I also wrote the directions for writing in the journal and returning the the class pet to school.
Then I wrote an entry about Minty and my weekend with my granddaughter. Hopefully this will give the children an idea of what to do.