Welcome To School!

Welcome To School!

Yes, it is that time of year and it does not matter what grade your kids are in, nor does it  matter what grade you teach, the first day of school can be exciting, overwhelming, fun and so much more for everyone; especially the kids and teachers. You only get one “First Day of School” so teachers, parents, and kids remember to smile, be excited, and arrive early.

SMILE! Please smile it looks good on you and smiling is healthy for you.  Smiling lets others know you are friendly and ready for what the day has to offer.  BE EXCITED! Excitement is contagious and it spreads quickly.  Your positive excitement will create positive energy in the school, in your class and a better place for learning.  ARRIVE EARLY! The early bird catches the worm, a good parking space, short lines and maybe some giveaway prizes.  Arriving early on the first day of school is the best way to start the school year and a good habit to have for the next 180 days.  I am ready and looking forward to the 2018 school year.  Welcome to School everyone and let’s make it a great “First Day of School!”

Teacher Appreciation Supply Giveaway

Teacher Appreciation Supply Giveaway

Teachers this is for you! All teachers are welcomed, so please call the number on the flyer and register ASAP and see you on Saturday, August 11th!

Vendors we need you to help make this a great event for our teachers.  Email us if you are interested in participating as a vendor on Saturday, August 11th!

All I Have Is 5!

All I Have Is 5!

Yes! Yes! It’s the end of the school year and teachers, students, and even parents are excited for the “Summer Break!”  As a mom and former teacher I enjoyed this time of year, not just because it was the end of the school year or summer fun was so close and we got a much needed break.  Yes, my four boys needed a break, but this time of year was very satisfying for my type-A personality.  When I was teaching everyday, I used this time to properly close out the school year at home and at school.  Properly closing out would allow us to enjoy the summer and come back to school relaxed, refreshed and ready to go.  Parents and teachers all I have Is 5  “Helpful” tips to assist you with properly closing out the end of the school year.

  1. Time to Reflect

Yes, reflection is an important part of growth and at the end of the school year I always made time for reflection, nothing super-formal, but a very informal process about the year at school and home.   I keep my notes in a composition book “Reflection 2012”.   I would write about all the things I loved and hated about the school year.  What worked and what didn’t work.  I thought about all the new routines and activities I definitely want to do again and those that I’d rather forget.   This was a very important part of my end-of-the-year process.  It helped me to stay focused and develop a strong plan for the next school year.  Plus, if I waited to reflect, I forgot!

  1. Purge, Purge, Purge

Say it with me Purge, Purge, and Purge some more! I know as a teacher I had a little bit of hoarder in me and so do you.  Go through every closet, cabinet, filing cabinet, and shelf in your classroom and at home. Teachers, do your best to get rid of random bins you thought you would need, resources never used, files you have not touched all year and don’t forget your unnecessary files on your laptop.  Also, every year my boys were required to clean out their closets, notebooks, desk, and backpacks.  We keep their school books to use as review during the summer.  Trust me, when you finish you will feel like a weight has been lifted.  If you have a hard time throwing things away, get a “Clutter Companion” to hold you accountable for cleaning out.Organize Important Papers     

Do you have your papers organized in your file cabinet and your documents in folders on your laptop organized?  Well, you should!  Use the end of the year to empty out everything that won’t be relevant for next year and make your documents easy to find in folders.  Also, remember your teacher binder, yes, even in a tech world, a binder is important to your day to day life. This is the perfect time of the year to empty out everything that won’t be relevant for next year and make your Teacher Binder look like new again. Parents, we can help our kids understand organization and how it will help them in life by starting with their thoughts, their space, and items. Organized doesn’t just mean tidy. The purpose of organization is to be able to find, exchange, and evaluate items quickly. However, organization can also help us stay tidy by providing a quick, logical space for adding and removing things.

  1. Copy and Laminate

Ok, so it is all about preparing ahead of time. You know all those awful lines that form at the beginning of the school year outside the copy/laminate room?  You know, EVERY teacher needs to copy and/or laminate during that pre-planning week!  Not you, think about the papers you know you will need for the first week of school and get copies NOW.  Yes, this will take some pre-planning and thinking ahead, but it beats waiting in those lines or waiting forever to get your copies/laminating back. Not to mention, your school might limit the number of copies you can get each year.  This plan allows you to use this year’s copies for next year. SCORE!

  1. Inventory Your Supplies

How do you know what you need unless you already know what you have and since we have to purchase more than 90% of our school supplies, Do Your Inventory!  Your inventory list keeps you on or under budget and aware of your supplies you already. Knowing your inventory helps you to plan better for the upcoming year and shop for sales at ” Your Classroom.”

All You Need Is “5!”

 

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation

Need a gift for your child’s teacher?  YOUR CLASSROOM  has it and more!

Need a gift for a teacher you know?  YOUR CLASSROOM  has it and more!

YOUR CLASSROOM  has what you need to show your appreciation for your child’s teacher or a teacher you know.

                                                              

Stop by Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm with this post and get 10% off your teacher’s gift.

Test-Taking Preparation Tips

Test-Taking Preparation Tips

 

Help your child with test taking preparation with the goal of reinforcing knowledge and understanding, to build your child’s confidence and help lay the groundwork for a lifetime of good study skills.

 

Create A Test-taking Study Schedule For Your Child: This will help you and your child stay on schedule.

Find Out What Kinds Of Questions Are On The Test: The test may consist of short-answer, multiple-choice, essay, or a combination of the three.

Discuss With Your Child What Could Be On The Test: Most teachers will send home study questions, practice problems, and key pieces of information for review.  Review the information carefully and help your child write down answers and key pieces of information so they can review it later.  Also, review class notes together and parts of the textbook that deal with those particular topics and issues. Ask your child what pages the teacher stressed, and whether there are any maps, charts, or extra reading they need to know.

Remember Test Taking Basics.  Remember to use the five W’s: who, what, when, where, and why.

Teach Test Taking Skills.  Your child should read the test all the way through answering the questions they know well first, then go back to answer the questions they were unsure.

Divide and Conquer.  Divide information into small chunks, such as chapters for social studies, groups of 10 word problems at a time for math, 5 vocabulary words for language arts, etc.

Student Created Flash Cards.  Flash cards are a great way for your child to quiz themselves and the process of making the flash cards is also a valuable study session. Plus, writing it down helps them to visualize the material come test day. Example Ideas:

  • Vocabulary word on the front side; definition on the back
  • Name of math formula on the front; example of how to use the formula on the back
  • Major historical event on the front; date it occurred on the back
  • Name of character from book on the front; significance of character to the story on the back

Review Notes Nightly: Studying 15-20mins nightly helps to retain the information instead of cramming the night before the test.