How to SURVIVE ...Back to School Night!

Oooooo...the dreaded 
 "PARENT'S ARE COMING!"
  Night!
AKA...Back to School Night

We ALL get nervous speaking to a room of parents!
(Wear  good  deodorant, use a breath mint , and  wear  comfy  shoes!)

So..THEY are coming. The parents. The kids. The Grandparents! 
THEY want to know ALL about YOU
and WHAT you are going to do for THEIR child!

Breathe...  SMILE....breathe, again.
And tell them.

I AM GOING TO TEACH YOUR CHILD...
WITH YOUR HELP!

 (I will discuss what "papers" I have for them in another post.)

Today's tip is about getting parents to
 sign up for everything you need!

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE!

I work in a Title 1 school.
Most parents DON'T WANT TO COME SEE ME!
So I have to make it very "inviting". 
I tell the kids to "drag" their parents to talk to me.
(Not literally!) Two hands!
I give stickers
 to kids
 who "hand" their parents the BTS night NOTE!

And then...


Have Food!
A bowl of apples, a plate of cookies,popcorn, 
 Mini bottles of water!

CHOCOLATE CANDY!

They will come for food!


Even though parent conferences are MONTHS away..
MAKE a chart of dates & times YOU are available.

I give BRAG Tags to kids when their parents come & send a THANK YOU to the parents, the next day!

 HAVE THEM SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE!

(You will send a reminder note as it gets closer..let them choose first!)

If you do

REMIND

 ( iphone app...get this now!)

Have them get out their phones,
type in the number...text your class code...
and  VOILA!
Class parent contacts..DONE!


If you have any WISH LISTS, or things you might need..
HAVE THEM SIGN UP TO PROVIDE CLASSROOM ITEMS
( We can always use glue sticks, expo markers, tissues,etc)

AND  LAST...

If YOU want volunteers for classroom work , parties, field trips, etc...
HAVE THEM SIGN UP!

This is the ONLY night they will ALL be in YOUR classroom!
USE IT!

Sometimes a CAPTIVE AUDIENCE...is a good thing!

Talk about your reading, writing, math and behavior expectations. 
Talk about what they can do to help.

YOU GOT THIS!

Here are some suggestions available at:







Good Luck!
Have FUN!
Breathe!
YOU DID IT! :)
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Skinny Food for ME!

This summer I am REALLY trying to get back to healthy eating!
I have lost weight this year, but seem to be
PLATEAUED!

I work out daily, I track ( Weight Watchers ), and I drink my water!
S...L...O...W
weight loss.

So, I am always looking for 
SKINNY  FOOD  Recipes!

I found a few. 

I hope they help you too!

I have a SKINNY FOOD Pinterest Board.

If YOU are interested...STOP ON BY!










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How I Keep LIFE Organized

TEACHER CALENDARS..
AKA
How to Keep Life Organized
( on paper )  :)

I don't know about YOU..but I have WAY too much going on in my life!
Classroom, family, meetings, deadlines, appointments, etc etc..

So how..HOW..HOW DO WE DO IT?

Now, I have a phone..I use it .. A LOT!

But...I  am a paper person...I need to see it, touch it, add colors to it!
( I know..I LIKE COLORS!)

So...
GET YOURSELF a DESKTOP Calendar.
BUT..DON'T put it on your desk!
TOO BIG!

I Tape it to the whiteboard next to my "TEACHING AREA".
I can look at it each moment..if I need to.

I use Krista Wallden's 



teacher calendar colored

Now..
I get out my trusty
FLAIR PENS.

(I LOVE THEM!)

I write EVERYTHING...I MEAN EVERYTHING..on my calendar!
Preps, meetings, notes for IST's, IEP's, etc, etc, etc 
NO ONE sees it (close up) 
BUT ME!
I check it 10-15 times a day!
Keeps me on my toes!
I use different colors for different things I need to remember.
( PE is red, MUSIC is Green, etc etc)

Just keeps me organized.
( and YES...once a week, I take a picture to keep in my phone)

You can use ANY Calendar...I just LOVE Krista's COLORS!
SO...
Let's get ORGANIZED!
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Calendar & Morning Meetings...Starting MY DAY right!



I'm NOT sure WHO needs it more..
ME?   or my students?  

Coffee?
Restroom Time?
RECESS????

NO!

CALENDAR  TIME!

I Love Calendar Time.
I Love reading through the MONTH.
What's happening THIS week
Next Week.
All month!

It keeps my "getting older" brain...
FOCUSED!

It helps my kiddos stay on top of events for this week and this month.

I am linking up with 
for

MOTIVATIONAL   MONDAY!

This week we are discussing:

CALENDAR TIME
and
MORNING  MEETINGS!


classroom calendar

My calendar is next to my focus board.
This is where we begin our morning meeting.
After vocabulary discussions, calendar,
 days of the week ,months of the year, HFW cards..
I get to do a READ  ALOUD!
Working on reading strategies!
All of this in about 15-20 minutes!
Whew!


My calendar is in PLACE VALUE numbers!
I got it HERE.
LOVE THEM TOO!

I try to "release" the CALENDAR instruction to my students as the year progresses.
By the end of the yer, THEY lead the calendar time.
But , I still get to do the READ ALOUD!
I LOVE IT!

Just a quick shout out to
Krista@Creative Clips Papers Collection

teacher paper calendar

This is MY Calendar!
I use it every DAY!
My Preps, meetings, Notes, appointments, etc.

AND  I  GET  TO  USE  MY  FLAIR  PENS!  :)

One PAD lasts 2 years!  
I LOVE MINE! 

I do MATH Calendar after lunch.
Math wall, focus wall, math calendar wall

We go back to number of days in school, place value, etc.
This begins my REVIEW of math concepts BEFORE we begin anything new!
We count to 120 by 5's & 10's ..2's to 50 at the end of the year.

This is my FAVORITE!
monkey math, first grade math


It ALL begins with Calendar TIME.

Others use their SMARTBOARD for Calendar.
Check it out on PINTEREST and TPT!

Go link up with Jenn@Teacher By the Beach !

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How do you know IF they are ready for FIRST GRADE?

I hear it a lot.
How do I know if my child is ready for FIRST GRADE?
He /she  will be six.
Is he/she ready?

Well..as a "veteran"  
 FIRST GRADE teacher,

there are a few 
lessons EVERY Kindergartner should know
BEFORE starting FIRST GRADE.


1stgradefireworks


Here are the 
5  MOST IMPORTANT THINGS
you can teach your
kindergartner
BEFORE
they enter FIRST GRADE.


First and foremost...
they need to be able to
TIE THEIR OWN SHOES!
And KEEP THEM TIED!

tying shoes

There is NOTHING worse than kids running on the playground
tripping on 
THEIR OWN SHOELACES!
I cannot teach 25 students to tie their shoes.
Parents...please...teach your kids to tie their shoes!



loose tooth


In first grade...they will might..maybe will,
LOSE A TOOTH!
They will might have a "wiggle" tooth.
I WILL NOT PULL IT OUT!
"I promise not to put MY hands in YOUR mouth,
AND you will NOT put YOUR hands in MINE!"
Please..discuss this AT HOME!


If your pants are too BIG...
get a BELT!
Not a belt with multiple straps, or a buckle that requires PLIERS!
PLEASE..a belt that can be put on 
and TAKEN OFF...QUICKLY!
Odds are..if the belt needs to come off...it needs to come off  FAST!
Parents, please...teach your kids how to use it!

belt

Pencils are for writing with..
NOT CHEWING ON!
They are NOT TEETHING RINGS!
Please keep them (and most other first grade tools)
OUT OF THEIR MOUTH!

chewed up pencils
and last..
and MOST IMPORTANT..

I am your TEACHER.

blonde teacher

You may call me Mrs.
You may call me MOM.
I answer to GRANDMA.
may  probably will answer to GRANDPA.


Treat me kindly.
Say nice things.
Be Polite.
Follow our rules.
Smile.
Give me a hug.

And we will have a wonderful year in
FIRST  GRADE!

OK..kindergarten parents...
GET THEM READY FOR FIRST GRADE! :)
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Back to School..It's time for a GIVEAWAY!


Back to School



A time when teachers must start to remember 
WHAT DAY IT IS.

And parents realize
HOW WONDERFUL TEACHERS ARE!


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