Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back To School

Back to School

It seems like just yesterday, we were waving goodbye to the kids and yet, here it is the last week of August! School is around the corner and for some of you, you're all ready back- best of luck!!  Please enjoy some Back to School Coloring Freebies to reinforce number recognition and color word recognition for those of you who teach younger kids. Included in each download is a color recognition sheet which is great to use as a resource throughout the year. CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY STORE FOR THESE FREEBIES OR ON EACH PICTURE.  Enjoy!

This comes free with each color sheet. Enjoy!

The beginning of school is always the trickiest time of year.  When I taught kindergarten, the MOST important lessons I could teach in the beginning of the year were routines, routines, routines.  Did I mention how important routines were? Our district had half-day kindergarten at that time, and by the end of the day, I was tired of hearing my own voice, but I found out that the more effort I put in towards the beginning of the year, the easier it was all year long. Everyone knew where the glue and supplies were, everyone knew the bathroom routines, and the morning routines, the bus routine, the snack routines, the 'when you come in' routines and the homework routine.  Everything was a routine =)  Second grade was not much different. Except now I can write the daily routine on the board and they could read it!  No more picture clues,... although I do miss those funny pictures. For the little guys, I created this FREEBIE to help with directions:

 Feel free to grab a free copy of my schedule cards for throughout the day. It's a great way to keep everyone focused on what's ahead.

Schedule Cards for throughout the day  Freebie! Schedule Cards for throughout the day  Freebie!Schedule Cards for throughout the day  Freebie!

The second most important part is organization.  I am definitely not the organization guru but I aim to be 'that person', but I'm more like 'organized chaos'.  I can find everything in the room in my own little organizational system- much to the surprise of everyone, but I need help.  I LABEL everything at home at at school (even my linen closet is labeled!). Literally, everything... including the kids when they come in to learn all their names (even their parents get a name tag on parent night!) I'll share that closer to parents night.
When I got into school this week, I thought I would reorganize my math area and give it a little bit of a face lift, so I created these labels for my math manipulatives.  They are available at my TPT store and editable for all of your manipulative needs =)

Here's how it turned out:

From this:

to this:

It can be a bit addictive, so I made even more labels for books and practically everything in the room!
If you like the labels, I created 3 different varieties which are all editable- my Regular Set, Mega Pack and Ultimate Set which includes both of them!  If you're not a polka dot/chevron/stripe fan... below is my solid color option.

Things look a bit more organized:

I finally got my classroom job posters up... just waiting for my list to fill in the names.
I've got a lot of kids this year, which means a lot of jobs!

I came across this amazing list of procedures to teach from Erika at Teach Train & Triumph.
Perfect for going back to school! Check out her site !
Do you have any great advice, procedures or tricks that you love for going back to school? Please share...

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