Thursday, July 30, 2015

Texas Sized Link-Up! Meet the Teacher!

Get ready for Back to School with this Texas sized Linky party FULL of items you just can't live without! Below, you've got the chance to win one of my favorite Back to School necessities- my Editable Open House signs! These are SO versatile and can be used for Back to School, Open House, or Orientation (really, whatever your school calls it)! They are a PowerPoint format and can be customized with any "stations" that you could possibly need.

Open House can always be pure madness with so many parents coming and going and so many different things to be completed. To corral the chaos, I made signs that led my students and parents around the room so I knew they completed each thing that was required. The first "station" was myself and my co-teacher greeting each parent and child as they entered. We then directed them to the first station and they were on their way! This format worked out great because everyone had the opportunity to meet us, complete the necessities, and chat with us on their way back out. Here are some pictures from my Open House last year!

I used binder clips to hold up each sign. Minimal work involved! When the event ended, I unclipped the signs, stacked them up, and stored them in my file cabinet. Easy peasy!

I used the "Giving Tree" sign to create a space on my board where parents could pick up an apple with a wish-list item on it if they wanted to. This was completely voluntary!

Last, but not least, I had some treats waiting for my new student's and their parents at the end of the Meet the Teacher "loop."

While the pictures I have are few,  (I *might* have the tendency to run around like a crazy person making sure that I didn't forget anything before these events) I hope you get an idea of how I made these signs work in my room. They can actually be used as a Power Point Presentation, too! If there is any time to get off to a good, organized start with parents, it is most definitely at the beginning of the year.

ALSO included in this pack are some basic Meet the Teacher/Open House/Orientation forms. I included a Sign-In Sheet, Transportation Form, and Parent Contact cards- all things that I use in my classroom for Meet the Teacher. Many times, student transportation is different on the very first day of school, so I like to have it written down by the parents so there are no errors that first day!

As for the Parent Contact Cards, I print them on cardstock, hole punch, and ring them all together. It gives me a quick reference if I need a phone number or some sibling information!

Be sure to enter for a chance to win these awesome, editable cards below!
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  1. What a smart idea! What a wonderful first impression to make with parents.

  2. This is a great idea! It will make starting off easier! Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Planet Happy Smiles

  3. I use the "Giving Tree" idea as well! Thanks for being part of the Texas link up! I look forward to getting to know you. Julie (Green Apple Lessons )

    1. Hi Julie! Isn't the Giving Tree fun? The woman I student taught with used it years ago so I adapted her version and plopped it onto my whiteboard to save space!

  4. I hope I win!!!!! :) Just wish listed in case I don't!!!! :)

    1. I hope you do, too! They are such a lifesaver Cassi!

  5. This is great and it's so helpful when we are so busy at the beginning of the year!!! Thanks for sharing and linking up!!!

  6. This will be so helpful. We tend to forget so many things after rushing for weeks to prepare! Excellent resource!

  7. I love the Giving Tree idea! So cute and helpful! Thanks for sharing!

    Lisa Prins