Saturday, June 30, 2012

Today's the Day! Blog Swap and Hop!

Kindergarten KornerHi everyone!  Today is the day!  Thanks for stopping by.  :)
You can find me at Mrs. Shelton's Kindergarten Korner for today's Swap and Hop!  Make sure and visit me (and grab your freebie!) right after you read sweet Holly's post below!
Thanks, Holly, for swapping spots with me today! 

Hey Everybody! It's Holly from Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade! If you could see me now, you'd see just how excited {and out of shape, and in need of highlights, and how ugly my toes, why didn't I get that pedi before I wrote this?!?} I am to be blog swapping with Mary here at Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives!!

 Mary hasn't put one iota of pressure on me to be creative or perfect or funny or witty or anything - she's been such a gracious hostess so I hope I do her proud!!! I've been out of school for about two weeks and I'm already thinking about starting next school year off with a bang. I know I'm not the only one!  What is it about us teachers?  You just can't turn off our thinking caps.  Sure, we know how to catch some rays and read a good book {or two, or three...because this is when we catch up on our reading} but you just can't turn off, even for the summer, our "inner teacher"! If you're like me you find yourself reflecting on the school year that just flew by.  For some of us it was wonderful - for others.... <wink, wink>...  No matter what kind of year you had, you like to start the next one off by educating your parent population on what their children will learn that year through some sort of parent event; maybe an open house or a curriculum night.  Sharing what you'll be teaching their little ones is important - but so is building a rapport with those super important members of your village {Mom, Dad or Other}.  At my school we host a Curriculum Night.  It's at this time that we try to cram a years worth of content into an hour event.  I create a packet for my parents that includes a brief overview of what their children will learn, classroom procedural stuff, and of course - what teacher would overlook the "cute factor"?!? Starting off the year on the right {preferrably pedicured} foot - making that solid first impression {or living up to whatever reputation you might already have!} is mighty important.  My husband, who is also a teacher, just doesn't get the need for cuteness....he's a middle school teacher + guy so maybe that's why.  He's always rolling his eyes at my number of visits to the Target Dollar Spot or sighing at the amount of printer ink I go through! I just know you all get it...cuteness is in our very our teacher-blood!!  Am I right? Let me hear an "Oh Yeah!" Cuteness aside, {for just a moment} it's also crucial to get that important information out there to your parents/guardians in a streamlined fashion.  You want to get the most bang for your buck in terms of what you consider to be most important, while you have that captive audience sitting in those little desks {does that not make you chuckle to see a dad sitting in a little kid chair?!?!}. I have a packet at my TpT store that will help organize yourself and know just what information to share.

Click the picture to check it out on TpT!
Here's a freebie from that packet!  I hope you find it useful!!!!
Click on the picture to get your own!
Clipart: Scrappin' Doodles Border: From The Pond

I mount this on construction or butcher paper and then laminate.  Write down several wish list items on smaller sticky notes and place them on and all around the tree.  If there's an item on The Giving Tree that a parent would like to donate to your class, they simply take the sticky note home with them.  You may want to type up a list of the items you put on the sticky notes just in case a parent takes a sticky but forgets to send in the item.  That way you can remember what you wished for!!! 
Thank you so very, very much for the warm welcome!!!!  I hope you continue to have a great go back to that lemonade of yours! {Right after you check out all the other blogs that have swapped! Hee hee!}

Looking for Mrs. Lirette?  You can find her posting {HERE} today!


  1. You definitely can't take the cuteness factor away from a teacher! Only teachers would understand that! Thanks for sharing your tips on parent information night. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Thank you for sharing!! I have to say that I am not even teaching...and I am STILL thinking about lesson planning and the next school year. I think it might be what makes us great teachers (-;

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  3. The cuteness factor is definitely there me. And I know what you mean about not being able to turn off our teacher-selves. There's just so much I want to do and so many great ideas I keep discovering! My neighbors are former high school teachers and they just don't get any of that. Thanks so much for sharing what you do!
    First Grade Found Me

  4. What a cute idea!! I knew about putting wish lists on Post Its, but to put it with the Giving Tree is super cute! Thank you!
    Conversations in Literacy

  5. I love that your husband doesn't get the need for 'cuteness.'
    Fun post! Thanks for the great idea for the Giving Tree.
    A Differentiated Kindergarten

  6. Yep, I love cuteness. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    Grade School Giggles

  7. Thanks for the great freebie! I have a tree painted on my classroom wall so this will be perfect! :)

    Delighted in Second

  8. Loving this blog hop and finding new friends! I'm your newest follower.

    2nd Grade Pad

  9. So cute! Love the idea and the colorful, eye catching freebie! Thanks so much!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  10. This is great! I found ideas for doing this on Pinterest, but love that you have a pre-made activity ready to go...thank you!

  11. What a cute idea! I love the sticky note thing! :)

    I wanted to let you and your readers know about a giveaway I'm hosting on my blog. It's for educational printables from Little Learning Lovies.
    You can enter in lots of ways.

    I hope to see you there!


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