Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Small Beginnings of Classroom Decor, Meet the Teacher gifts, and a delightful poetry journal

Hello Friends!

School starts for me in 3 weeks! Yikes! I can't believe it is coming so soon! My partners and I actually had a conversation yesterday about the beginning of school and it hit home that it was actually coming...... Wow!


So..... a couple of things.... first of all, I love the apple colors of my classroom - just love them! So, I do not want to completely change my classroom theme. There are some things that I really, really like and I think my students do, too! I love my Chicka tree. I love my beach umbrella reading nook. I love my apple colored curtains. I love my "no desk" classroom! I love the many shades of red, yellow, and green AND I love the polka dots hidden here and there throughout the room! That said, I DO like to shake things up every year and do something different. Last week, I was at the fabric store and found this cute, cute Eric Carle fabric. I think that I am going to use it to re-cover my crate seats. I am going to make an Eric Carle banner to hang from the ceiling with the The Very Hungry Caterpillar panel. I also found some Eric Carle banner and room decor from MPM Teacher supplies that I ordered and it should come next week. I'm excited!

We meet our new students a few days before school starts. Our little ones bring in their school supplies and enjoy a classroom scavenger hunt with their parents while putting them in their correct places. When they have finished their scavenger hunt, they come to me for a small welcome gift. I have given numerous types of gifts. I have not found one that I really like which is the reason for the variations! As the years go by and kids with allergies increases, I am also very leery of giving them food gifts. This year, I know I have a little one with severe allergies, so I am on the hunt for non-food students gifts. 

I have been perusing Pinterest and have found some fun ideas from some wonderful teacher/bloggers, so I thought I would share the links and pictures here.  There is food included in a few of them. They will work for classrooms with no allergies; just not me this year! Click the image and it will take you to the website of the creator!

I've been bubbling with excitement to meet you!


http://craftyteacher-devyn.blogspot.com/2013/08/first-day-of-school-gift-or-new-student.html

It's going to be a bright year!



You are oFISHally a kindergartener!

http://www.mrswillskindergarten.com/2013/07/favorite-pins.html

We are going to have a bright year!
http://pinkbuckaroodesigns.blogspot.com/2010/08/student-gifts.html
 Welcome to Kindergarten!


 And finally... this is not a Back to School gift, but a wonderful, wonderful Kindergarten Poetry book! Wow! Click the image below to go to the website - cute as a button!

http://just4teachers.blogspot.com/p/gift-kindergarten-poetry-journal.html

Until next time!

Blessings,

6 comments:

  1. As a teacher, and a parent of a child with severe food allergies, I just want to thank your thoughtfulness in your class gift. You may not realize how much these little gestures mean to those of us dealing with food allergies daily. Ever since my daughter was diagnosed with a life threatening peanut allergy, I have changed my classroom to be more accommodating and understanding of these special kids. So again ... thank you!
    A Rill Classroom

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    1. Oh gosh... I so understand allergies... As the years go by, more and more of my littles have them and it is not worth it to hand them something dangerous just because it is cute! There are plenty of gifts that are not food derived.... I would love to read about more of them!!

      Thank you so much for commenting!

      Blessings,
      Cindy

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  2. All of these gifts are adorable and so very thoughtful! They have cite Eric Carle goodies in the dollar spot at Target and at the Dollar Tree. I can't believe back to school is already here. No denying it!

    Hope
    Teaching with Hope

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    1. Ooohhhhh...... I am going to Target and the Dollar Tree to see what I can spot! Thank you!!!!!

      So hard to believe I will be teaching again in 3 weeks!

      Have a wonderful school year, Hope!

      Blessings,
      Cindy

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  3. I love all the back to school presents! I'm going with a jungle theme and I've already ordered plastic safari hats to send home with the kids on Meet the Teacher night. I might pick something else to go home too!

    Primary on the Prowl

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    1. I love the idea of hats..... hmmmm.... wonder if I can so something similar with my Eric Carle theme? Thanks for the idea and the comment!

      Blessings,
      Cindy

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