Monday, July 15, 2013

Getting Ready for Back to School!

I know that a lot of you are in "Back to School" mode already, and while we have another month before we have to go back, I am starting to think about what I want to do for next year.  One important thing I always do before the beginning of each school year is introduce myself to my students and make them feel excited about coming to first grade.  I do this by sending them a postcard introducing myself to them, reminding them about the Back to School social, and letting them know that I am excited to have them in my class.

Last year, I decided to create my own postcard to send to my students.  I was so excited that they came out so super cute.  I had mine printed at Staples, and I got 100 postcards (I can share the extras with the other 2 first grade teachers if I like, since I didn't put my name on them!)  It felt really cool to have a customized postcard that matched my classroom "garden" theme.  The best part?  The kids LOVE getting mail.  One of my students was so excited about getting a postcard from his teacher that he brought it with him to the Back to School social. :-)  What a simple, easy way to get off on the right foot with your students and parents, and get your students excited about coming back to school!

This is the postcard I created for my own classroom.  

This is just one of the many ways I have to reach out to my families and make a positive connection with them right away.  I feel that having the first contact be positive sets the stage for more positive interactions with the families throughout the year.

I know that I really dislike the generic postcards you purchase at teacher stores and online, which is one of the reasons I made my own.  I thought there might be other teachers out there who also dislike having the same postcards as every other teacher out there.  So I created some postcards that I thought might coordinate with other classroom themes.

There is a Beach/Ocean themed postcard:

A Fairytale themed postcard:  

One that coordinates with a jungle theme:

This is a little more generic, a kid-themed postcard.   

I had some other themes in mind as well, but this is what I have completed so far.  The postcards are JPEG files that are intended to be printed at a vendor such as Staples or VistaPrint, or using the Avery postcard template that comes with their printable templates.  Also, if you purchase, I am willing to send you a file with a personalized postcard with your name on it to use.  All you have to do is shoot me an email!

I certainly hope you will check them out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

How do you start the year off in a positive way with your students?

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