We’ve been in school for 3 days now, things are going well, & now I can sit back & take a breath. Every year, I always, always forget just how much work it is getting ready for school. I have my “Back to School To Do List” & everything, but I still underestimate how much time & work is involved.
Here are some of my back to school pics…
Our cubbies, labeled & ready… I print out name tags from Environments Label Maker (free) & each child has their own picture (for those who can’t yet identify their name).
Our classroom door decorated with a welcome sign & the teachers’ and children’s names.
Our Daily Folders ready to go for Orientation Day. These have a welcome letter, Pre-K handbook, & any other information that needs to go home. Parents take the folder home at orientation & return it each day. The orange sheets are sign up sheets for parent volunteers on special occasions. The white slips beside that are for each parent to fill out & give to me right away– it tells me if their child is half or full day, how they dismiss from school (car, extended day, etc), and emergency phone number.
Here’s the rest of my Beginning of the Year Checklist:
- Furniture dusted
- Crayons, markers, colored pencils ready
- Calendar ready
- Centers ready: I take each center one by one & set it up
- Center signs up
- Bulletin board ready (Just border & burlap… I leave it blank for artwork)
- Curriculum goals (for parents) ready
- “Pick an Apple” Supply Wish List ready
- Portfolios ready
- Computer hooked up & ready
- Student name tags (to wear 1st day)
- New glue bottles & new glue sticks in baskets (I put Vaseline in the tips of the glue bottles to keep them from stopping up)
- Teaching easel set up
- Pocket chart for small groups set up
- Seating chart for circle time
- Nap pad chart
- Rules posted (pictorial for the kids)
- Pictorial schedule posted
- Postcards or letters to children mailed
- Lesson plans written
- Lesson materials prepared
- Hanging file folders labeled with children’s names; these are for saving parents’ notes; I label them with those removable Post-It tabs (those things sure are handy).