Student Drop Off Sign

Display this student drop-off sign outside of your classroom door or at the entrance of your hallway. It will help students and parents establish an arrival routine. It will also help students become independent and responsible little learners. If your school’s hallways are over-crowded at arrival time, that will create a safety hazard that may be against the district’s fire code rules.

If this is something that you can use, you can download it from my Kinder Alphabet store. This file includes a FREE copy in Spanish. This file includes a FREE Spanish copy 🙂

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Back to School Dinner

Back to School Dinner Ideas

I love the idea of a back to school dinner. It does not necessarily have to be done on the first day of school or the night before. You can have one a few days after school starts so that the kids can have something to look forward to after school. It continues to motivate them and not have time to think of how tired they are with their new routine.

How to prepare for the dinner

You can make dinner as usual or make them their FAVORITE meal. The point is to have your table ready before dinner. This will give them enough time to sit at the table, talk about how their day went and enjoy the goodies at the table. As you can see, I just placed dry erase boards on top of their plates. Then, I added an alphabet letter on top of that. It so happens that the letters match the first letter in their names. Isabella goes by Bella at home and that’s why we chose the letter B for her. The little gift bags have a container of Play Doh, which they love. The milk jars and paper straws just add a nice touch and it’s something different to enjoy during dinner. Just hit the dollar spot at Target and your decor is complete 🙂

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How can they use the white boards?

These can be used while waiting for dinner to be ready. Just let them write the alphabet letters, sight words, sentences , about their day at school or whatever they want. Let them enjoy this time while they talk to you about school.

 

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When should they open their gift bags?

You decide! It depends on what you have in the bag. I have play doh, so that’s something that they can play with at any time. If it’s something very special, maybe they can wait until after dinner so that they have plenty of time to enjoy it.

 

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How about the decorative letters on their plates?

Later, these letters can be used to decorate their rooms. You can place it on a dresser or hang it over the bed.

 

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Where can I find the milk jars?

You can find these in the Target Dollar spot or at Michaels.

 

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Back to School Party

Back to School Party Ideas

Have you ever had a Back to School Party? It’s a fun way to motivate children and get into the back to school mood and routine. Teachers can have this party on Back to School Night or after a long holiday break. Parents can have this party before the beginning of the school year, at the end of the first week of school or after any long holiday break. It can be as simple as cookies and juice box. If you add a banner and party labels, it makes it extra special.

To prepare for the party, all you need is:

  1. Any school items already at hand
  2. A few printables to label and decorate the room or table
  3. Simple snacks like apples, cookies, cupcakes, popcorn and candy

The following are photos of our Back to School Party

 

Here’s a close-up of our table.

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This is our full table. It’s simple but very inviting.

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Our back to school banner has a bright polka dot background.

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A little student gift.

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Name tents with their names in big, bold letters.

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Display their school supplies in caddies. These containers are from Michaels.

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Find some other cute containers to hold your pencils and treats.

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The cookies and cupcakes were a hit!

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We used special containers and straws for our milk. Cafeteria milk boxes are also a great choice.

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Our cupcakes had special messages to get them into that back to school spirit.

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And, here’s one happy girl ready for school.

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Simpler Ideas for Back to School Night

Teachers, your room is already decorated with all the supplies and bulletin boards. You can add this Back to School banner to welcome parents, if you want. After you place student folders and work samples on their desks, you can add a special treat on top. It could be anything like, a cookie, an apple, a small popcorn bag or a writing object with a gift tag.

Here are some examples:

 

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These Back to School Party printables are available for download. It includes this bright colors set and another primary colors set. It is in English but includes FREE Spanish printables.

back to school decor pack by lidia barbosa in primary colors

You can download the complete file from my Kinder Alphabet teacher store.

Kindergarten “I can” Common Core Posters

The Kindergarten “I can” Common Core Posters are a great way to display the learning objectives in your classroom. My original “I can” posters have been updated with new graphics and labeled as the “STRIPES” edition. If you own a copy, make sure to go back and download the new file. I also uploaded the BUNDLE of language arts and math posters in my shop.

The STRIPES edition of the Kindergarten Common Core Standards

This file has been updated with matching backgrounds for a more consistent look. Each language arts category is represented by a different graphic and background. There are very few math posters, so they all have the same background and graphic. Click on this cover to take a closer look.

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The Polka Dots edition of the Kindergarten Common Core Standards

I had a request for these posters in primary colors. This document has an entire new set of graphics and backgrounds. It also includes the Language Arts and Math standards. Click on the picture to take a closer look.

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The PHOTOS edition of the Kindergarten Common Core Standards

This edition of the posters includes photos of real kids dressed as a super hero. This will help students relate to the posters. This file only includes the kid graphic and no background so that you may save ink. It gives us a more simple and clean look that can also be printed in black and white or gray scale. Click on the picture to take a closer look.

 

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Kindergarten Common Core Standards included are:

*Kindergarten: Reading Literature

*Kindergarten: Reading Informational Text

*Kindergarten: Foundational Skills

*Kindergarten: Writing

*Kindergarten: Speaking and Listening

*Kindergarten: Language

*Kindergarten: Counting and Cardinality

*Kindergarten: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

*Kindergarten: Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

*Kindergarten: Measurement and Data

*Kindergarten: Geometry

 

 

 

Back to School Books for Kindergarten

Here are some popular back to school books for kindergarten. I love it when our school library has multiple copies of these books so that there’s always enough for several teachers. You can also get them from Scholastic when they go on sale or from Amazon.

 

Books for the First Day of School

 

My favorite book for the first day of kindergarten is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. Students are always nervous and scared on the very first day of school. This story helps them get rid of their nerves a little at a time. I just keep reminding them to place their hands on their cheeks throughout the day, and all of a sudden, I see a new smile on their faces. I love this book!

The Kissing Hand book for Kindergarten

Leo the Late Bloomer is my favorite for pre-k. This story helps students understand that we come to school to learn new things. Some will learn a little quicker and others will take a little more time… and it’s OK!!!! All we have to do is TRY our best.

Leo the Late Bloomer book for Kindergarten

 

Back to School books for Kindergarten

 

Books about School for Kindergarten

These Back to School books include:

1. The Kissing Hand

2. Leo the Late Bloomer

3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

4. First Day Jitters

5. Crisanthemum

6. Froggy Goes to School

7. The Night Before Kindergarten

8. Mommy in My Pocket

9. Clifford’s First School Day

10. Wemberly Worried

11. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

12. David Goes to School

13. Pete the Cat

 

Back to School Books in Spanish

 

Spanish Books about School for Kindergarten

The Spanish Back to School Books include (Libros acerca de la escuela):

1. Un Beso en Mi Mano

2. Leo, el retoño tardia

3. Chica Chica Bum Bum

4. ¡Que nervios!

5. Froggy Va a La Escuela

6. Crisantemo

7. Clifford Va la La Escuela

8. Si Llevas un Ratón a La Escuela

9. Splat, el Gato