Meet the Teacher Preparations
I start off with pretty bare walls at the beginning of the year. After teaching for so long I've come to learn that it's best for the students to fill our space after they arrive. Plus it saves me a lot of work before school starts! So my bulletin board simply says Coming Soon. Once the students begin working I'll hang up their work. I didn't even put bulletin board paper up this year. I left the natural background and I kind of love it!
Meet the Teacher
This was the main table for the night. When families arrived, they signed in and then I handed each family a Classroom Creature Chase sheet. They had to go to different stops in the classroom to perform tasks. I learned a lot about the families just from giving them this assignment. I also learned that incoming 3rd graders can't handle six tasks. So next year I'm giving them four and making them simpler to follow.
One of the tasks the kids had to complete was to get a library book and find a spot they wanted to sit at on the first day. I am trying flexible seating for the first time this year so needed a way for kids to choose a spot. I placed a Welcome flipbook at each available spot along with a sticky note. The kids placed their books at one of those spots, replaced the flipbook with their book and wrote their name on a sticky note. Then they gave their flipbook to their parent to take home.
One of the stops was getting their picture taken in the photo area. I just put up some yellow butcher paper and made a sign for the kids to hold. The credit for the saying goes to Kristen @schoolandthecity on Instagram. I forgot to take a picture of this area but you can see it in the picture above. Here's a close up of the sign:
The last stop was the wishlist cupcake stand. Families had the chance of taking paper cupcakes that had things I would love donated for the classroom. I didn't have a frame to hold up the sign that goes with it so check out this handy idea I came up with at the last minute. I taped a large dice to it and voila!
After checking their Classroom Creature Chase sheet, I gave the 3rd graders a little gift- glow sticks! This idea (and the glow sticks) came from my teammate who found it where else? Pinterest! My teammate got the glow sticks from Amazon but I've seen them at Dollar Tree too.