today). Anyway, as we cruise into
this end of summer reality (we start on 8/17), I am working
my tail off these days to get my ducks in a row before the true back to school
chaos begins. Here are a few
things that I always like to do a few weeks before the kids come. This list isn’t new and many of you are
probably already on it, but I figured a little reminder post might be nice.
week or so ago. You know . . . the
one where you witness the poor soul who saddles up behind accept his/her fate
of having to wait for 30 of each item to pass over the scanner. On a mildly related side note, have you noticed that once this acceptance has been
made, the same BIG question is ALWAYS asked?? It goes something like this . . . “Are you a teacher?” One of these days I’m not going to give the straight answer . . . “No, I just like organizing my new crayons.
of my pencil boxes next week. Each
kiddo gets his/her own box with crayons, two pencils, a pink eraser, scissors,
and a glue stick. I’ll just stuff
these “Henry Ford – Style” so they are all ready to go. I don’t want to be sweating this at the
definitely do. With this said, I
number my supplies too. Yes, I
write a little as all get out ## on the top of each yellow pencil (ultra-fine
Sharpies work great). I have found
that this helps a ton when supplies are found on the floor. Most of the time these lost items actually
get returned to the correct student.
And, usually you don’t have a kid scream out . . . “WHOSE PENCIL IS
THIS?” They can look at the number
and quietly figure it out with a little training. (Notice I used the word MOST here . . . you gotta heart that
kid who will still holler out . . . “HEY MATTY, I FOUND YOUR PENCIL.”
school forms, notes, and such. I
also already made most of the needed copies on bright paper! I absolutely LOVE crossing this one off
of my list.
rush are pretty straightforward. I broke
these pages down in a handy-dandy list just in case you wanted to see ‘em. I run each one on a different color so
I can easily sort them as they are returned.
- Supply Wish List – my top ten school supply items
- Meet the Teacher Invite – my welcome back note that intros
me and invites kids to my Meet & Greet
- First Grade Handbook – a little pack that outlines
everything from home reading to birthday celebrations.
- Contact Form – a quick one sheet for me to keep by my phone
- Parent Helper Form – a quick form for volunteers
- Class List – I’ll make this as soon as I get my awesome new
my forms and letters, they are available in my shop. The line-up above is just a sampling of the forms that I use. There are oodles of other handy back to school pages in this pack. Oh, and I
recently updated this set to include ALL of my text. All you have to do is change the words you don’t like in the editable section and click print! If you have already purchased this one, be sure to download this one again to snag the snazzy updates!
for free today. Those “extra
hands” are oh so helpful in the primary grades. Hopefully, this note will help you snag a bunch of GOOD
helpers right off the bat this year.
|CLICK HERE to snag the generic version of this form.|
bound to happen, I always take a moment to “wash off” the last year over the
summer. That sounds funny. What I mean is that I take the time to wipe out all of my book
bins as well as wash all of my free time toys and math manipulatives. And, I scrub my student chairs. I hosed everything off in the driveway
and put oodles of items through the dishwasher. This was completed a few weeks ago with my mother’s awesome help (I am so lucky to have her around).
put on your back to school radar . . . this might be something you would like
to try. During the year birthdays
are the thing that always seem to sneak up on me. I was caught on more than one occasion in my early
years. You know . . . that moment
during one of your hectic teacher mornings when a smiling parent strolls in with
unannounced cupcakes and you try with all your might to hide your deer in the
headlights look. With this said, I
now fill out all of my birthday certificates, prepare my small gifts, and make
a handy dandy list before school even starts.
to roll off on a tangent here and chat about these special days. I am a sucker for a good party and the
little guys get so jacked up about their birthdays. With this said, I play b-days up a bit. I have the cutest ever cupcake
chair. This dons their seat when
they walk in and their desk has a crown, certificate, and gift waiting for
them. At the very end of the day
(whether or not the parents toss a treat into the mix), we have a quick little
celebration. The kid gets my
special birthday cape and I play the Birthday Boogie – a fun little tune where
the birthday boy or girl gets to lead the rest of the class in a birthday conga
line. The giggles are
contagious. If you want to snag these
elements before school starts, check out the links below.
|I purchased my b-day cape from SUPER CAPES.|
|Both colors are up for grabs.
I snagged the blue one at Glitterville.
|I noticed that Oriental Trading also has a set of chair covers.
These are much cheaper . . . not sure how they will hold up, but wanted to toss it out 🙂
|Listen to a sample of the Birthday Boogie HERE (from Ron Brown’s Intelli-Tunes).
It’s only 99 cents for a limited time 🙂
now proactively make new student bags to help me survive those “surprise” adds. I place all of the forms and handouts
in a Ziploc bag. I also put all of
the items that will need to be completed after he/she is added (birthday card,
VIP card, independent work folder, etc).
This SO helps me stay on track and not run around like an idiot when a
new sweetie gets dropped off. In
addition, I always take a moment to make up 5 extra pencil boxes. I don’t number the items as I am not
sure how that will turn out – I just label them at the end of the day. Ready-made supply boxes have also proven
to be an absolute life saver over the years. Take a moment and check this BLOG POST out . . . Hadar nailed it 🙂
A few proactive tips for a solid back to school prep. I’d love to hear any other things you
do to get your ducks in a row before your new crew comes! Good luck these next few weeks my friends. Just hold on tight, go with the flow, and enjoy the ride . . . we can do this 🙂