First Days of First Grade – Before the Kids Arrive (And a Freebie!)

No matter if it’s your first year teaching or your first time in first grade, the first day of school can be INTIMIDATING. In this series of blog posts, I wanted to share with you some things that have worked for me when preparing for my first days of school. If you missed last week’s post, you can check it out here. Today, let’s focus on what to do before the kids even arrive. Continue reading


Back to School Celebration Idea! (+ a Freebie!)

My teammates and I love to spoil our kids at the beginning of the year with a fun Meet and Greet. Beyond the typical Open House (which I will write about later 😉 ), we do a party in the park! Keep reading to find out more about how we welcome our kiddos to their first grade year!

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Teaching Your Classroom Procedures

No matter how many times I’ve had a first day of school, I’m always afraid that I am going to forget how to teach. (Yes, I’m serious). I’m afraid I’ll forget the right way to teach kids to unpack, the right way to start their Morning Work, or even the right way to throw away a dirty tissue! This is a recurring fear because I know those first weeks of school are crucial to setting the tone for the rest of your year. That’s why I’ve written it all down…in June!

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Boost Class Morale fo’ FREE!

Do you ever feel like you have days where you’re calling attention to anything and everything just to have something positive to say in your room? Maybe you woke up at the time you are usually leaving the house and you just don’t have it in you to deal with the tattler, the crayon their, the wiggle worm, OR the story teller today. By the end of the day, you’re a frazzled mess and the only positive you can drum up is, “Sally, I love the color of your eyes. Did you pick those out yourself?” (I mean – SERIOUSLY?)

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