Making a Great Open House

Making a great Open House for parents is actually pretty easy with all the tools and technology today.  I like to use simple scavenger hunts for students to help show their parents around the room.  Taking pictures of families helps keep you busy and not be too available for any “parent conference” type of conversations.  I direct parents to the Mini Me Square Coverconference sign up sheets.  I also don’t let volunteers come in the room until after Open House.  In kindergarten, this helps the kids learn the routine without relying on parents.  Some teachers create easy slideshows to show rules, routines or student’s pictures.  I usually have a few All About Me items out, including an All About Me Journal where the parents are encouraged to sit and write a note to their child at the end of the night.  Students make Mini Me Persons that I tape to their chairs that help the room look adorable!  Smile a lot, and show off what you have helped their children learn in the short amount of time they have been with you.

Useful Desk Name Tags

Students in primary grade levels need all the help they can get at their finger tips.  Desk name tags have always been used to help students discover how to spell their name with proper handwriting.  I prefer to use tags that students can use in lessons as a reference.  Tags that have the alphabet, numbers, colors and show right vs. left  are some oFullSizeRender (65)f my favorite useful tools to have at my student’s reach.  We sing the alphabet and students point to each letter.  We do the same with the numbers, colors and hands.  I’m so glad that I waited a week to put the kid’s names on  these tags because we were over-crowded and added a new unit in Kindergarten this year.    What kinds of desk tags do you use in your classroom?

Thanksgiving School Play – Includes Music with Jack Hartmann

Do you want your students to SHINE this year?  Children are so adorable when they are performing for others!  This is a school play I’ve used with my whole grade level on our school’s stage.  You can modify it to just your classroom.  Whatever fits your needs.  Jack Hartmann, one of my favorite musicians in education, has three songs in this play that your students can sing along to while making those parents snap Thankful Festivalphotos! You can find his music HERE.   If you are lucky to live in Florida, he will come to your school to perform.  He is magical with students! There are 70 pages loaded with easy to follow step-by-step directions.  You will also find signs for the students to hold, headbands, editable invitations, editable programs, poems, sign language and tips.  It is nice to have parents stay after to eat lunch with their child.  This way you can get them in to see the student’s classwork.  It is loaded with suggestions to help you be successful.   I hope your parents enjoy it as much as mine do!

If you like this one, I also have an ocean themed play I like to use at the end of the school year.

Mood Changing Bottle Labels

Are your students nervous to take that big test?  Do you know a child who hates to speak in front of the class?  How about a student who comes to school sleepy?  Well, use these labels on your hand sanitizer, lotion bottles, or water mist bottles to boost their mood in a positive direction.  I keep these on my desk and by the front door.  Even though it’s the placebo effect, it works!  You can find them by clicking here.  I have schools who order them for the entire staff during state tests.  Have fun creating the happy moods in your classroom! Print on a full sheet of label paper, cut and stick or use rubber cement to glue to a bottle after printing on copy paper.  Mood Labels SQUARE