Back to School Parent Donation Wishlist

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Are you disgusted with me yet?!?  Back to School ~ ~ who says that in June right!?!?!  Well I was inspired to create an Instagram themed parent wishlist for Back to School and I just had to share it with you...#sorrynotsorry  
I usually create something that ties in with my theme for the parent wishlist each year and the parents pull a piece of paper off my white board and off they go to purchase.  I was trying to think of a way that I could have more of a display that I could keep up all year.  When I make something I keep it up for a couple weeks and then need the white board space.  I'm lucky enough to have parents that swing by and ask me what they could pick up for me or what I'm running low this idea came to mind. 

Although the first one is cute and matches my theme with a catchy title, it is temporary and can't even be saved easily from year to year.  Whereas the next picture I've used an easel that I will keep in the hallway all year long.  I will print out several of the 'pic's and throughout the year will change them out.  When we are in need of kleenex and ink I will put some of those up and add it to my newsletter or 'remind 101' app for the parents to know it's been updated.  Not only is it cute but it's functional. it, save it ~ it's okay if you don't think about it until August or September but I hope you remember it when the time comes because I do think it will keep you more organized for supplies in the upcoming year.  Working parents are often frustrated because they can't commit to coming in and helping but are usually very open to donating items for the classroom.  So this allows them to do it and your students benefit - I'd say that's a win/win.  
Now go to the beach, enjoy your summer and swing by {here} when you are in FULL ON Back to School mode to grab this fun pack to make your life easier!  I'm heading to Hawaii to catch some rays and celebrate my hubby and my 20th wedding anniversary. #manwereold 
I have included tons of donation ideas but if you have some that aren't included I've made this EDITABLE so you can add your own.

Parent Donation Wishlist board to have out at Back to School Night


Monday Made It

Monday, June 20, 2016

I love summer!!! I also love Monday Made It and it happens a lot more in the summer than during the school year so I'm thrilled to link up with Tara to share my Monday Made It(s).  Swing on by and check out her weekly link up.

I have made some okay several visits to Target lately and I came across this gem.  Multi colored chalkboard clips...I loved them but the colors just wouldn't do for my classroom theme.  

I figured with a little paint and a chalkboard pen I could change these up fairly quickly.  

This idea is not new by any means:  I've seen Hadar from Miss Kindergarten and Kristen from Easy Teaching Tools use this in the past.  I just thought it would be fun to paint these and make them 'fit' my theme.  I'm excited to have this extra organization for my parent helpers.  

The second little craft I made was also inspired by the Dollar Spot at Target.  I saw these very cute library cards and knew I had to do something with them.  I have several books from my mama ( circa the 80's ) and she added these library cards so her students could check out her books.  She was uber organized ~ I only got some of those traits of hers #typebgirlhere 

I grabbed them but struggled with what to do with them.  I didn't think I would use them in my classroom but then I just knew.  I love actually ADORE my librarian!  She is a rock star servant like no ones business.  She will do anything for you without even asking so I knew I would make her a cute little banner for her space.  And...we have a lunch date this summer so I'll give it to her then.  All I did was purchase these tags, red twine and the sticky alphabet letters.  Here's how it turned out:

It's simple and that's perfect for her because she's a simple, sweet lady and I know she will just love it!  What are you up to this summer?  I can't wait to see your crafts! 


Camp Read A Lot

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We have the BEST literacy specialist at our site...I mean truly the best!  She is super creative and fun and encouraging.  So, she wanted to plan a Camp Read A Lot.  I think she was smart in that she planned two night events... a lower elementary and an upper elementary one.  I helped out with the upper elementary one and we had a blast!  
We had 3 stations, an opening and closing time and Smokey the Bear even showed up!  She also made sure to invite the local library to come and they had sign ups for a library card and the summer reading program. #genius
So...this is how it was set up:  
After the families checked in with the camp ranger they came into the multi purpose room.  We had tents, ( christmas trees ) set up, etc.  We gathered together and sang camp songs via our guitar playing school secretary.  Then we broke up into 3 groups ( already assigned by color code on their 'passports'.

The first group was in the multi purpose room:  They read in tents with their parents.  We turned off the lights and they used flash lights that we provided and there were pillows and sleeping bags in the tents.

The second group was the fishing for topics group.  They had fishing poles made from large branches with string and magnets at the end.  There were ponds for them to fish in and once they caught a fish ( topic ) they jumped on chrome books to google or kiddle facts about the topic.  They read non fiction text to gather their facts.

The third group was my group, the nature hike!  This group walked through the hallway with birds chirping and all ( hidden i pads with bird noises playing ).  We hung anchor charts for several topics and the parents and kids read short information texts and then wrote some facts about them on the matching anchor charts with markers.


We came back together at the end, sang campfire songs, had a backpack raffle ( full of books of course ) - we gave 5 backpacks away and lastly how can we forget we had SMORES!  It was a blast!  The families and kids loved it, we will be sure to do it again next year!


End of the Year Gifts

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
It's that time again folks....I seriously can't believe how fast this year flew by.  I know, I know I say that every year.  But really...someone needs to stop the clock because another year gone means my kids are another year older and my mama heart can barely take it!

You can peruse Pinterest and find all kinds of goodies if you're stuck and in need of an awesome idea on what to give your kids or parent helpers...I just tweaked an idea I've seen several times.

For my students I purchased packs of sunglasses from Party City and added this tag:

If you would like this tag you can grab it { here }

Also for parent helpers this year I decided to use lemons from my lemon tree to make this special treat for them!  It seriously cost me about $1.25 per gift.  If you have a ton of parent helpers like I did a few years ago then this is for you!  Rather than spending close to $100 on gifts for 9 parent helpers you can spend closer to $10.

If you love the parent gift tag you can grab it { here }

Enjoy!!  What kind of parent gift ideas do you have?  I'd love to hear about them and so would my followers. Share in the comments below.  Happy Summer!