Editable Name Tags Freebie

Hey there, Hoppers!
This is Alisha from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher with a back to school freebie!
Summer is coming to an end.  Really.  It's happening.
I know, stop the world.  Please do NOT take my daily naps away.
{Can we get naps written into the daily curriculum, please?:)}

One of my least favorite items to prep for back to school use to be name tags.
Cutting yarn to go around a kiddo's neck is not my forte.  
Especially when it would end up being too short or too long.
Not anymore!
My solution is using lanyards, badge holders, and printable name tags!
Cute, simple, yet effective!

Below is an example of the lanyard name tags I used last year.
Hello tag is by the lovely Hope.
Coloring by number worksheet is by Kathy Law

If you are interested in making your own lanyard name tags, 
you can purchase the lanyards from Oriental Trading and badge holders at Walmart.

To help get your year off right, here are four editable name tags to use!
Of course, these can be used with or without a lanyard!

Please make sure you DOWNLOAD the file from google drive.
You will not be able to edit the name tags until you do!

Once the file is downloaded, pick the name tag you like best!
You can add more pages of that specific name tag by selecting the page & duplicating it.
Click on the "type here" text box to add student's names.
Play around with the fonts, colors, and size!

Gardening with Kids - With or Without a Garden!

Hello Friends!
This is Cindy (Kinderkay) from  Love Those Kinders. It is the end of July and I am thoroughly enjoying my summer! It is so wonderful to step back, reflect, and not run on a schedule for a few months. One of the things that I LOVE in the summer is gardening. I have 6 small flower beds in my yard and am in charge of our garden at school. Nothing brings me more joy than to spend a few hours among the flowers, bees, and quiet!

I thought I would share with you a few ways to enjoy gardening - with or without a school garden. I am lucky in the fact that I have 3 raised beds at school that we use to plant a variety of flowers and vegetables.

We use these beds for so many things in the fall..... We look for insects. We look for vines and stems. We look for leaf shapes. We look to see if we can find all the colors of the rainbow. We take our plastic spoons outside and dig a small area to see what we can find under the soil. We look for living and non-living things. We use our ears to listen - I love using this sense because the kids have to get REALLY quiet. They hear things they often ignore like birds singing, wind blowing, and jets flying overhead.

Each child has a clip board, a pencil, and paper. They use this to sketch or to do texture rubs. I have a sixth grade partner who enjoys the garden as much as I do, so we work hard to find a time when our classes can come together and do an outdoor scavenger hunt. We pair a 6th grader with a kindergartner. Both the big kids and the little kids LOVE this opportunity to work together!

Another fun activity that we do is to link our outdoor activities to an artist study. You can use any artist that does naturescapes. The artist that we link to is Georgia O'Keefe. We like her because she paints little things BIG! This gets our kiddos busy using their eyes to look for tiny things in the outside. After they have had the opportunity to explore, we show them examples of Georgia O'Keefe's work and then get them busy creating their own masterpieces!

I think it is super important to get kids outside, so I have put together a little freebie that you can use even if you do not have a school garden! Kids use their senses to search for items on task cards and draw and/or color them onto a recording sheet.  I hope this freebie encourages your kiddos to use their senses to enjoy the outdoors



Back to School - Meet and Greet Freebie

Hi Friends!  It‘s Stacy from Mrs. Johnson’s First Grade here to share a little from my collection of back to school “stuff” and a freebie.
Yes, this is my classroom.  I know it’s not as pretty as some other classrooms I've seen already and I know it is still COMPLETELY empty right now but I’m sure I’ll have it presentable in the 3 days I have left before I take on the role as a new teacher mentor again....YIKES!!

One of my biggest tasks besides classroom organization is getting ready for our “Meet and Greet “ the students right before the first day and the open house the week after.
One small thing I like to do is send a letter home to parents introducing myself and provide another supply list with pictures to help parents so they can bring the correct items BEFORE the first day.  It’s already so hectic the first day, why add everyone’s supplies to the mix!  I have labeled baskets for parents and students to put their supplies in so I don’t have a big mess. Plus it makes it easier the first day for the students and it gives me a nice place for the extras.

I added the free labels to my store so you can download these by clicking the picture link below.

We have Open House the week after school starts and I still get
Butterflies even though it’s my 7th year teaching First Grade at my
school.  I’m still pinching pennies at this point so I look to the local
Vendors in the area for help.  Einsteins has come to the rescue a few times by donating bagels at the end of the day for my Open House night.  It’s worth checking it out if you have some stores in your area.
I hope you all have a wonderful school year!!


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