Sometimes it's just the little things that can really make you smile and have fun!
Yesterday I had 22 brand new bright and shiny faces come into my home away from home. I know we're going to have a great year!
Then last night, we had Back to School Night where we invite the parents to come in and meet the teachers, see the classroom, and learn about our expectations.
I always try to make my parents feel welcome to come and visit the classroom so I had a little treat for them. (idea totally stolen from Pinterest)
I used PicMonkey to layer all the elements together and had them printed off as photos at Walgreens. Then I bundled them all up with a package of microwave popcorn. Don't you love the "school" yarn? I got oodles and oodles of this yarn from a friend who retired. Almost every color under the rainbow!
It's not something that takes a ton of effort, but it's just a nice touch.
Something that made me happy is what I did with all the pens I have out for parents (and kids) to use. I love the InkJoy pens from Papermate and I bought a couple of sets of black ones. (And don't worry, I bought plenty of sets of the colorful ones - one of my teacher partners laughs at them and will only write with "grown-up" colors)
Black pens are just too boring for Sweet Bee Classroom, so I found this fabulous patterned masking tape and I bought one of almost every color and I made.....
That way I always know if you've got my pen! Such a silly thing, really, but it sure got me buzzing! (and giggling - do any of you out there giggle when you make something? - I sure do)
Here's to a year of hard work and learning and lots of laughs!