Back to School Bash With The Primary Pack

It’s back to school season for many of us and what better way to celebrate than to have a blog hop! I am so happy to announce that I have joined The Primary Pack Blog! I am so blessed to collaborate with all of these amazing teachers.

Our hop is a 3…2…1… BACK TO SCHOOL BASH because each member of The Primary Pack will be giving you 3 teacher tips, 2 giveaways (one on each of our blogs and one BIG one on the Primary Pack), and 1 freebie! 

To enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first! As you “hop” through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecopter on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop. You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!!

As you know, the whole month of August is like a Sunday night for most teachers. Teachers are frantically getting their classrooms ready for the upcoming school year and some of you have already been back to school for a couple of weeks now! Today I am excited to share with you 3 back to school tips/tricks.
The first day of school can not only be scary for the child, but the parents too. Last year my colleague and I sent these fun, creative cards home with an apple to every child’s parents. These were from Kim Adsit’s Open House Bundle. The parents really enjoyed them and I think it alleviated some stress and put a smile on their face. Making sure that parents understand that they play a vital role in their child’s education is very important. This is a great way to show parents that you appreciate all their help and support throughout the year.
My colleague and I also sent this goodie bag home with each child on the first day of school. This is a great way to show your students how special they are to you and what you expect of them in Kindergarten. Both of these ideas are great for building relationships with your students and their parents. 

If you haven’t heard of a Xyron Machine, then you don’t know what you’ve been missing. This is a teacher must-have item, and it has made labeling my classroom containers a breeze. My colleague introduced me to this amazing machine and I can’t tell you how many times I use it throughout the year. I buy the permanent adhesive refill cartridges for the machine. This machine turns your regular paper, cardstock, or construction paper into a sticker. It’s super sticky on one side and normal paper on the other. Pictured above is one of my binder covers that I place on the outside of their take-home binders. I simply laminate the paper, run it through my Xyron Machine, and peel off the paper from the Xyron film. After placing it on any surface it does not come off easily. If you’re looking for something to adhere your printed labels to your containers, this is the machine!

How awesome are these Quiet Critters? This is a perfect back to school classroom management idea for your classroom. As teachers, we sometimes want some quiet time to work one-on-one with a student or small group during independent practice. These little critters are perfect for this! Pass out a Quiet Critter to each child during independent work time. The students must be quiet during this time or they lose the privilege of having a quiet critter watch them work. This can also be used as a class reward! To make your Quiet Critters you will need the following materials:

Pom Poms (Variety of Sizes)
Googly Eyes
Foam Sheets
White Stamens

Use a glass/plastic jar or a metal bucket to store your Quiet Critters in. Check out my freebie below for a Quiet Critter Label in my TeachersPayTeachers Store. Happy crafting!

Remember to enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first, that is if you haven’t already started there! As you “hop” through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecopter on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop. You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!! If you have already hopped along to me, you are fine to continue your journey! :]

To help you with all your back to school needs I am giving away one $25 gift card! Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win. Remember – the more entries you complete, the more chances you have of winning!

Check out this Quiet Critters Freebie Label I made for you to place on your jar of furry friends! Click on the image or link below to download it from my TeachersPayTeachers store for FREE!
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Alright, now is the time for you to hop along to the next stop, One Sharp Bunch and collect your next letter. Don’t forget to jot down mine from above! Good luck with your back to school festivities! Click Ashley Sharp’s button below to hop on over to the next blog:

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40 Comment

  1. Reply
    Mrs. Brown
    August 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Always put things away as you use them….makes it much easier than piling things up.

  2. Reply
    August 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I want to wiiiin!

  3. Reply
    Samantha Click
    August 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Great tips!

  4. Reply
    Carrie Ogulnick
    August 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I need to get that sticker making machine!!! That is amazing!

  5. Reply
    Soon to be Mrs. Ridgway
    August 30, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Can we talk about those quiet critters?? How cute is that!

  6. Reply
    I Teach Elementary
    August 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    That sticker machine is amazing! How have I never heard of that before??

  7. Reply
    August 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    The quiet critters are so cute! I don't have any back to school advice because I'm brand new this year! All of these have been great for me to read since I start tomorrow! Thanks!

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    Megan Bush
    August 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Love the sticker machine! Will have to invest in that!!

  9. Reply
    Sarah Mcreynolds
    August 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I make sure to have an assignment on my students desk first thing in the morning, so that they have something to do as soon as they come in.

  10. Reply
    Erin R
    August 30, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Over plan for the first day so that students are not left with too much unplanned "free" time

  11. Reply
    August 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Buy your own Scotch laminator for your classroom. It works great for letter or legal size paper items needing to be laminated. The 3mm laminating sheets are even thicker than the regular school laminating machine.

  12. Reply
    August 30, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Over plan!!! 🙂

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    Ms. Hoag
    August 30, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    laminate and prep as much as you can in June, because no doubt the machine will break in August!

  14. Reply
    August 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Since over half my class consists of Hispanic students, I make sure that everything I send home to my Hispanic parents is in both English & Spanish.

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    Triple the Love In Grade 1
    August 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    My mom, who is a retired teacher, gave me the best back to school tip. She said to make sure you tell students rules and expectations on the FIRST DAY! They are the best listeners on the FIRST DAY and will REMEMBER everything you tell them!

  16. Reply
    Lori Raines
    August 30, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Over plan for the first 2 weeks.

  17. Reply
    Astrid Esquilín
    August 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    My back to school tip is to have fun!

  18. Reply
    August 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Start the Great Pencil Challenge at the beginning of the year.

  19. Reply
    Jenelle Malone
    August 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Take time for yourself!

  20. Reply
    Emily Levine
    August 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Find a color scheme that you can do a lot with, so that you are not constantly trying to recreate the wheel each year!

  21. Reply
    Rachel Rosado
    August 31, 2015 at 1:20 am

    What an exciting blog hop!! My back to school tip would be to have "Scrap Baskets" at your tables. This way when the kids are doing cutting activities, the scraps of paper don't go all over the floor or the table. It's like a mini garbage can for the table where the kids put all of their cutting scraps into. Then my table captain (the person responsible for the table supplies and collecting papers for the table) will empty out the basket at the end of the activity and put the basket away. Happy back to school time everyone:-)

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    Michelle Gonzalez
    August 31, 2015 at 2:28 am

    This year I placed a line of tape by the classroom door, my plan is that the students will use it as a guide to line up straight

  23. Reply
    Michelle J.
    August 31, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Laminate everything you can!

  24. Reply
    August 31, 2015 at 3:48 am

    My tips this year are to remember that I can't do everything in one day and to make sure I leave school at a reasonable time. It's important to take care of myself too! No one needs a burnt-out teacher.

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    Emily Peden
    August 31, 2015 at 6:16 am

    B2S Tip: Use velcro to attach desk tags! They are movable and the kids don't pick at them!

  26. Reply
    Donna Allsworth
    August 31, 2015 at 7:12 am

    My tip is to be flexible and if lessons don't go as planned it will be okay.

  27. Reply
    Miss Karen
    August 31, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    My tip is to have all things prepped & organized by day of the week so you can just pull out that folder, drawer, or tray for the day.

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      Miss Karen
      September 3, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Chad, do you or your colleague sell an editable version of your Welcome to Kindergarten goodie bag letter? Would love to use if for my preschool class next year. 🙂

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      Miss Karen
      September 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm


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    Sparkling in Self Contained
    August 31, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    My back to school tip is to to be ready for anything!

  29. Reply
    Tammy Cook
    August 31, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Laminate, laminate, laminate! Everything!

  30. Reply
    Lisa Marshall
    September 1, 2015 at 12:49 am

    be flexible

  31. Reply
    Tonya Lambert
    September 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Keep a positive attitude!

  32. Reply
    September 2, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Ummm loving the Xyron machine!!

  33. Reply
    September 2, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Get plenty of sleep.

  34. Reply
    Pamela Spann
    September 3, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Just love them and give lots of hugs.

  35. Reply
    Samantha Rigby
    September 4, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Always have a smile on your face everyday. You might be the only smile and welcoming face that child see's.

  36. Reply
    Suzy Q
    September 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Make a list as you go of what worked well and not so well to help with next year's BTS planning!

  37. Reply
    Amy M
    September 5, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Make connections with your students!! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  38. Reply
    September 5, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Take time for self.

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