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Back to School Fun!

It’s that time again…the beginning of a new school year. This year will be different for me, as I am not returning to my school. I had my beautiful baby boy March 25th and I have decided to stay home with him this first year of his life. Even though I am not returning to teaching this school year, I am still very much committed to keeping up on the latest teaching trends and educational theories.

In order to remain committed to my love of teaching, I am going to get back to updating my blog and TpT store. I haven’t been able to update either of these websites too much since Jake has come into our lives, so I am excited to get back to the grind!

Many schools around here in Southern California are gearing up for the new school year. I remember the anticipation, stress, excitement, and overwhelming feelings a new school year brings. From getting your classroom ready to planning for lessons, the beginning of a new school year is a busy time. If I were going back to my classroom this year, I’d be thinking of a new theme, getting my bulletin boards ready, and planning fun activities for the first week of school.

TpT and Pinterest have been a big help in planning for the school year. Between those two websites, you’re sure to find an abundance of ideas for your classroom. In addition to those wonderful options, there are also a lot of great bloggers that share some great classroom ideas.

Here are some blogs that I love to follow, along with some great Pinterest ideas. They have some great back to school ideas and their stuff is super cute!

I used What the Teacher Wants' awesome volunteer freebies. I set these sheets up at my Back to School Night and used their cute little volunteer slips for take home projects.

Here’s a super cute Back to School Night parent flipbook that I saw on Pinterest. Be sure to check out her blog as well! So many cute ideas! 

I also really liked this bulletin board idea for the beginning of the school year.  It’s a great way to bring positivity into your classroom and start the year off right!

For the primary grades, it’s always fun to read the cute story No, David! You can introduce your classroom rules with this cute book. Here’s a fun poster you can create with your class too. 
Angie Neal created this super cute David craft. It’s free! Create these super cute Davids with you kiddos! 

Here’s a cute printable you can give to your students on the first day of school. It’s a little survey to assess how they like to learn! 

I also loved sending my students a quick little note before the school year started. I would get my students’ mailing addresses and send them a simple note sharing my excitement for the school year to begin. When my students saw me on the first day of school, they told me how excited they were about receiving the letter at home. Parents were even happy to know the extra time I took out to write to their children. It’s a fun way to break the ice before the school year starts!

Don't forget to check out Teachers Pay Teachers for some amazing deals and fun ideas to get you off to a great, new school year! 

Happy teaching and happy back to school day! 

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