Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School FREEBIES!!!


Back to School is often a time where my emotions are all over the place!

There is:
  • Sad- Summer Break is over :(
  • Excited- A fun year ahead with new students!
  • Eager- When can I get into my classroom? What are my students names? I need to label EVERYTHING!!
  • Overwhelmed- So much to do and so little time!
  • Tired- You all know teacher tired!
  • Anxious- Do I have everything ready?!?!
  • Nervous- I hope my students like me!
  • Happy- Doing what I LOVE!
Not sure if you ever feel any of those emotions, but no matter how long I have been teaching I still get them ALL! My husband can tell you all about them!

The weeks before students start school we spend TONS of time in our classrooms making it cute, pretty, organized, and as perfect as possible! Before we know it students are coming in a couple days and there has not been a lot of time to plan the first week of school!! Here comes in my 'overwhelmed' emotion!!

If any of you ever feel or have felt this way, I am hoping this post will be helpful to you!

Over the past few years, I have been sharing lots of ideas, resources, and FREEBIES to help with those first weeks of school. I often get asked where they can find a Back to School FREEBIE or idea that they once saw here on my blog. So I decided to include ALL of my Back to School FREEBIES from over the years in this one post to make it easy for you to find and hopefully help with your back to school planning! And to take away any overwhelmed, anxious, or nervous emotions!

Here are some FREEBIES that I hope can help kick off your school year!

These super stylish interactive hats are fun and easy to make during the first day or week of school! Choose from Kindergarten, First Grade, Preschool, or Pre-K. You can find these hats HERE or click on the pictures below:


This is a night that is so exciting for the students, families, and us teachers! In this post, you will be able to find a scavenger hunt, a gift for students, a gift for the families, and more for FREE! Click HERE or on the picture below to grab these freebies and see some ideas for Meet the Teacher Night.

I remember when I taught my first year, I had NO CLUE what the first day should look like. I remember asking so many questions and searching forever for some plans. I hope this can help! Even after many years of teaching, I love seeing other ideas too! Click HERE or on the picture below to grab these plans.
I LOVE Thematic Unit Plans! If you have been through my blog, I am sure you know! I can't say enough wonderful things about them! You can read all about how and why I use thematic units on my blog post here. You can also grab my Year Long Thematic Unit Plans by clicking HERE or on the pictures below:


An adorable first day/week of school story is 'The Kissing Hand' by Audrey Penn. I love making this craft after we read the story. We place a handprint on the back with a foam heart sticker. It melts my heart when I see how special these little raccoons are to my students!
I have been asked by many for templates for this craft and never put them together until NOW! You can grab the templates for this adorable craft HERE or click on the pictures below:



I have been asked a lot over the years about the handprints that I have in my students daily take home folders. These handprints are a quick guide for both students and families to know which papers stay at home or need to be returned back to school. They also help a TON at the end of the day when everyone is packing up to go home. I am always referring to which side of the folder papers need to be on by using these handprints. They are my end of the day life saver and I finally put them together for you to use too!! Click HERE or on the picture below:

7. First Week of School FREEBIES
There are so many FREEBIES on this post that I lost count! You can read about our first week and grab TONS of freebies HERE or click on the picture below:

These information sheets are a helpful way to get all of the contact, transportation, and other general information that you need about the student and family. They are a great addition for your students personal files. I like to have parents fill these out during Meet the Teacher Night or send it home with them that evening to fill out and bring back the first day of school. You can grab these HERE or click on the picture below:

9. Back to School Order Numbers 
Here is a fun activity for those first weeks of school! Students will cut the numbers and glue them in the correct order from 1-5 or 1-10. You can choose the one that works best for your students! Click HERE or on the picture below to grab this new FREEBIE!
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you were able to find some helpful resources for your first week(s) of school! 
I am so excited for this new school year! 
Wishing you all the best for a wonderful year!!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Alphabet Activities NO PREP

The beginning of the year is right around the corner!! One of the biggest things that I focus on with my students for almost the first half of the school year are letters! Not only are these fun to teach, but seeing the growth in students is truly amazing! I love when those letters 'click' and students are able to identify the letters and their sounds so easily.

I wanted to make some activities this year that are different, engaging, interactive, and lots of fun! There is so much we have going on in the day that I wanted to make it easy to put together, but also very effective.

I am so excited to share with you all my new Alphabet Printables NO PREP BUNDLE!! Not sure if you caught that, but these activities are NO PREP! All you need to do is just print and go!

There are 9 different hands-on activities included in this bundle:

Students will get to practice letter identification, beginning sounds, fine motor skills, sorting, handwriting, reading, and so much MORE with this BUNDLE.

Here is a closer look at each activity included in this bundle:

Students will get to sort pictures by whether or not it is the beginning sound that they are focusing on. 

Students will look for gumballs with the uppercase and lowercase letter that they are focusing on. They will use the color key to color those letters.

Students will look at the color key to color the uppercase letters and lowercase letters that they are focusing on. A mystery picture (letter) will be revealed when they color all of the correct uppercase and lowercase letters. Answer keys are included for each letter.

Students will make a flip book and glue pictures under the flaps that have the correct beginning sound. They will read the front of the flip book and lift one flap at a time to reveal the picture. Details and pictures on how to make this flip book are included. I have also included pictures for the flip book with words and without words for you to choose from.


Students will look at the color key to color the uppercase letters and lowercase letters that they are focusing on. A mystery picture (letter) will be revealed when they color all of the correct uppercase and lowercase letters. Answer keys are included for each letter.

Students will get to cut puzzle pieces and glue them in the correct boxes to build an uppercase and lowercase letter. They will also trace and write the letter and color the circles with the correct letter.

Students will get to sort the letter they are focusing on by whether they are an uppercase letter or a lowercase letter. The letters that they will be sorting are in many different fonts to give students an extra challenge.

Students will say the picture name and color the picture if it has the correct beginning sound that they are focusing on.

Students will get to rainbow write or decorate the large letters at the top of the page. Then they will trace the letters and practice writing the letters on their own. I have provided starting point dots on the letters for extra guidance.  Includes tracing letters A-Z with uppercase and lowercase combined, A-Z with uppercase only, and A-Z with lowercase only.

Thank you so much for checking out my new Alphabet Printables NO PREP Bundle. This can be found at my TPT Store HERE or you can click on the picture below:

You can also grab each activity in this bundle separately!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!
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