Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back to School Bash with The Primary Pack

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!!

Take LOTS of pictures!  I'm like the paparazzi in my room.  Kindergarten is such an important year and a year of growth.  I'm always amazed looking at my students from the beginning of the year to the end of the year and seeing how much they have changed.  Parents miss so much and they will appreciate the pictures you take and if you have a way to share them throughout the year or at the end of the year via a slideshow, dvd, youtube link etc.

Be patient.  Especially if you teach Kindergarten. We often remember the way our kids were at the end of the year and forget that we have to teach them EVERYTHING...and they take things literally.  It takes time, they will get there.  Be firm, but loving.  Repeat yourself and be explicit with your instructions. 

Get your work done even if you have to work a little late, but don't forget to take time for yourself and your family.  Don't overwork yourself!  You are not going to be an effective teacher if you are tired and moody.  Get rest and be happy! :) 

The Primary Pack is giving away a Cameo y'all!! Have you seen one? #lifechanging I have used mine this year to make my bulletin boards cuter and added vinyl to all kinds of things! Here are some ideas of how I use my Cameo in my room:

There are tons of back to school packs in my TpT store you could use and what better way to get them than with a $10 store credit? Head over and make your wishlist so if you win, you'll know what to choose! :) 

Here's a freebie you definitely need to start the year with: 

I use this to help my littles learn to cut strips, wavy/curvy lines, and shapes.  Before I give them this, I show them how to make "salad" by giving them pieces of bulletin board paper.

I give them green paper to tear.  This is the lettuce of their "salad." Then I give them a strip of yellow paper to snip, this is their cheese.  Last I give them a piece of blue to teach them to fringe cut, we call this a fancy napkin.  This really teaches them how to use their hands together and show some control with cutting.  It's a great lesson! (It will take you several days to teach!) 


You've made it to the end of my post, so here's my letter!

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Happy hopping!!

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  1. Practice routines and work on behaviors first!

  2. I don't have any tips to share since I'm brand new this year, but thanks to everyone who is sharing!

  3. laminate in june before the machine breaks!

  4. Go in the week BEFORE preplanning & start setting up your room. It makes preplanning SO much easier!

  5. 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:-)

  6. Always teach each center you're going to open before beginning small groups.

  7. Always teach each center you're going to open before beginning small groups.

  8. Always smile! You might be the only welcoming face that child sees on a daily basis.

  9. I don't teach kinder but I love your tips for the beginning of the year. As a parent who's had 3 kids go through kinder I appreciate your pictures and extra patience (with both students and parents) at the beginning of the year.

    I LOVE the little drop can for the box tops. So simple, yet so perfect!

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