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Back to School - Getting Things Done

The countdown is on.  We only have two more weeks until school starts.  I went into my classroom on Tuesday for the first time this summer, and I swear I was just there.  I'm not real sure where this summer has gone!  I have to admit that I was a little slow to get motivated, but I have gotten a couple things accomplished.  I wanted to share some of my latest projects with you.

I finished the bulletin board outside of my classroom.  I used my Cricut to cut the letters from Astrobrights cardstock.
I added some tissue paper balls from Hobby Lobby for dimension. 
I also made this name banner for my desk. 
Staples donated some desks to our school last year.  My old desk had my name in vinyl across the front, but this one didn't.  Many of my students were constantly trying to remember how to spell my name.  I knew that I needed to find a fun way to add it to this new desk.
I absolutely love how it turned out.  I just printed directly onto Astrobrights cardstock, and then cut a triangle out of the bottom of each page.  Then, I punched holes in the top and threaded my ribbon. 
I feel like I've made a huge dent in my classroom to get ready for school.  I printed off all of my first week of school items from my First Week of First Grade Packet.
It is so nice to have everything I need ready to go for the first week of school.
When do you go back?

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Classroom Supplies I Can't Live Without

It's officially time to start thinking about heading back to school.  I know you may not be ready, but I also know that you can't help but think about it.  The school supplies are out in the stores, and they are just staring at us every time we go.  I am proud to say that I have not purchased a single item, yet.  I'm holding strong...until next week.
I wanted to share some of the classroom supplies that I can't live without.  These are items that I find myself buying every school year.  Maybe this will help when you are ready to start buying.  You'll have some ideas of what you might need this year.
{This post contains referral links, but I would never recommend products that I do not truly love.}

1.  Mr. Sketch Markers are my absolute favorite markers.  They are perfect for anchor charts.  One packet will last me the entire year.
 (Click on any of the pictures to purchase.)
2.  Crayola Crayons - This one is kind of a no-brainer, but they are definitely a necessity that I buy EVERY single year.  I always stock up while they are cheap at Walmart.  This way, I do not need to buy new crayons in December when ours are lost and broken.  I can also pull out a new box anytime I need one, because in all honesty, I'm a sucker for a brand new crayon. 

3. Laminator & Laminating Pouches - I use my laminator all.the.time!  I purchased this one a couple years ago, and it's still going strong.  I buy my laminating sheets from SAMS in bulk.

4. A Good Pencil Sharpener - I have gone through SO many pencil sharpeners, but I finally found one that I love.  This X-Acto Teacher Pro sharpener is my favorite!  It sharpens the perfect point, and I love that light that comes on when the pencil is ready.

5. Stickers - I LOVE cute stickers!  I usually just stock up at Dollar Tree.
6. Astrobrights Paper - I'm kind of a paper hoarder!  I LOVE beautiful colored paper.

7. Coffee - This may not be a necessity for you, but it definitely is for me!  I purchased this adorable mug from Bound to Be Loved on Etsy last year.  I love it!

8. Sharpies - I truly love Sharpies of all kinds and colors.
9. 2 Pocket Folders with Prongs - I use so many of these.  I stock up at Walmart when they are super cheap.  They are great for writing folders, my Comprehension Notebooks, Poetry folders, homework folders, etc.
10. Primary Writing Journals - I put these on our school supply lists, but sometimes they are hard to find.  I always buy some to have for those that cannot find them.  They are perfect because they have writing lines and a space to draw.
11. Post-It Notes and other notepads - I love cute notepads and colorful Post-It Notes. 

12. Personal necessities - Mints, lotion, chap stick, snacks, Band-aids, etc. 
I also always have a sweater on the back of my chair for those days when the air conditioning is on too high, or the heat doesn't come on soon enough in the winter. 
13. Thank you Notes & Blank Notecards - I always have a stash of Thank-You notes as well as blank notecards.  You never know when you will need one quickly.
What classroom supplies do you find yourself buying every year?

Phonics Spinners

I'm always trying to think of ways to make phonics practice more fun.  These phonics spinners will be the perfect addition to independent reading centers this coming year.

So far, I have created a set for beginning sounds, ending sounds, short vowels, long vowels, beginning blends, and digraphs.  I may add more to the bundle eventually.
These are a simple NO PREP activity that I know my students will enjoy.

Each set can also be purchased separately.

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Everything You Need for the First Week of First Grade

Even though the first week of school can be such an exciting time, it can also be downright stressful!  I wanted to help take away some of that stress by putting everything together for the first week of school.
I make no promises that this will take away all of your back to school stress, but it will definitely help ;)
I have included detailed lesson plans.  Plus, they are EDITABLE to fit your needs.
 You will find student information sheets that are perfect for sending home during a Meet the Teacher Night or on the first day of school.
 Every printable that you will need for the first week of school is included in this packet.

This packet also includes editable welcome letters, attention grabbers, activities, games, to-do lists, dismissal tags, and more!
Whether you are a seasoned 1st grade teacher or you are new to this grade level, this will be a fantastic resource for your first week of school.

You can check out the entire packet by clicking on the picture below.
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How Can I Help My Child Suceed? Printables for Parents

As teachers, we know the importance of parental involvement in a child's education.  Most parents truly want to know how they can help their child at home, but they need exact tips on how to do that.   These lists are perfect for sending home during the first week of school, or during Parent Teacher Conferences.
 If you don't have access to a color printer, I have also added a black and white version to these printables.  They look great on colored Astrobrights paper.
To download this FREEBIE, just click HERE or on any of the pictures at the top of the post.

I'd love for you to leave me some feedback in my store after you download them.
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