Free Bulletin Board Activity for “Our Class is a Family” by Shannon Olsen

free bulletin board for Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olsen book

As I was preparing & refreshing my list of read-alouds for the first few weeks of school, I discovered a wonderful new book that I just had to share with you! As teachers of young students, we understand the importance of creating a welcoming environment where our new young learners, who may not have experienced school yet, […]

How to Build Relationships with Your Students at the Beginning of the Year

how to build relationships with students

As we all know, building relationships with our students at the beginning of the year helps them feel more secure, supported, and loved which makes them more likely to want to engage and participate in learning which can lead to less misbehavior. In this blog post I am sharing some ideas, free downloads, & resources […]

Back to School, Open House, Meet the Teacher Student Gift Ideas & Gift Tags

back to school gifts for students

I am posting some of my favorite back to school student gifts.  I have found over the years that having a little something special waiting for young students on the first day of school or on Meet the Teacher Night (Open House) helps make them feel a little more at ease and excited about beginning […]

Books / Read Alouds for the Beginning of the School Year

45 Kindergarten Books for the Beginning of the School Year

One of my favorite parts of the school day is reading aloud to my students.  It allows me to share my LOVE of reading and instill a love of books in my students.  It is a time where we can connect, share experiences, and build a classroom community.  I pause often throughout the reading to ask […]

Dog Theme Classroom Decor & Back to School Activities (Editable)

Dog Theme Classroom

I have decided to share my favorite back to school theme – DOGS!  The editable classroom decor and fun first week of school activities are designed to save you prep time during the hectic first weeks of school and create a welcoming environment for your new students. Editable Dog Name Tags and Desk Nameplates Name […]

Welcome Back to School Treats & Printable Template

Welcome Back to School, First Day of School Treats This cute idea is always a howling success with students!  It can be used as a welcome to school treat on the first day of school or as a favor for Open House Night. Materials needed: Scooby Doo graham cracker sticks ribbon sandwich bags treat bag […]