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August 26, 2015

5 Items To Make You Organized and Efficient

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Do you long to be organized and efficient? Do you wonder what you need to get ready, try to figure out what to tell parents, or worry that you're forgetting something? These five frugal things will help you keep it together all year, every year.

     

    1. A Teacher Handbook

    Keep all your important information — reminders, meeting notes, lesson plans, to-do lists, schedules and calendars, student records, seating charts, emergency procedures, and parent communication logs, to name a few — in one place. The Mead Five Star Flex Hybrid NoteBinder is a notebook and a binder, so you can fold it over and write in it, as well as move things around.

    Teacher Handbook - Outside View

    Teacher Handbook - Inside View

     

    2. Parent Handbooks

    Besides the basics like your contact information, schedule, supply list, and classroom policies, include things parents can track, such as monthly calendar events and their child's progress learning kindergarten readiness skills and letters and numbers. A few sheets of foil star stickers will allow them to mark accomplishments and important events.

    Parent Handbook - Outside View

    Parent Handbook - Inside View

    3. Parent Rip and Return Books

    Create booklets for things that need to be returned, like absence notes and volunteer forms. Use a simple rotary cutter to make the sheets perforated, so parents can easily rip them out.

    Rip & Return Book - Outside View

    Rip & Return Book - Inside View

    4. Student Workbooks

    Every month, provide your students with some activities they can work on at home. This is a great chance to differentiate based on individual students' needs. Suggestions: handwriting practice, cutting practice, coloring sheets, flash cards, and games.

    Student Workbook - Outside View

    Student Workbook - Inside View

    5. School-Home Connection Books

    Strengthen the connection between school and home by keeping the lines of communication open. For instance, send manila envelopes home every Friday with a letter, and perhaps an activity. Family members can put responses in the envelopes and send them back to school. Collect the envelopes on rings, and by the end of the year each student should have a "book" of letters. Idea: Read The Kissing Hand at open house, and send the first envelope home with materials to make a temporary tattoo for the first day of school (send water-based gel pens only).

    School-Home Connection Books

    The Kissing Hand Temporary Tattoo

    The Kissing Hand

     

    Do you long to be organized and efficient? Do you wonder what you need to get ready, try to figure out what to tell parents, or worry that you're forgetting something? These five frugal things will help you keep it together all year, every year.

     

    1. A Teacher Handbook

    Keep all your important information — reminders, meeting notes, lesson plans, to-do lists, schedules and calendars, student records, seating charts, emergency procedures, and parent communication logs, to name a few — in one place. The Mead Five Star Flex Hybrid NoteBinder is a notebook and a binder, so you can fold it over and write in it, as well as move things around.

    Teacher Handbook - Outside View

    Teacher Handbook - Inside View

     

    2. Parent Handbooks

    Besides the basics like your contact information, schedule, supply list, and classroom policies, include things parents can track, such as monthly calendar events and their child's progress learning kindergarten readiness skills and letters and numbers. A few sheets of foil star stickers will allow them to mark accomplishments and important events.

    Parent Handbook - Outside View

    Parent Handbook - Inside View

    3. Parent Rip and Return Books

    Create booklets for things that need to be returned, like absence notes and volunteer forms. Use a simple rotary cutter to make the sheets perforated, so parents can easily rip them out.

    Rip & Return Book - Outside View

    Rip & Return Book - Inside View

    4. Student Workbooks

    Every month, provide your students with some activities they can work on at home. This is a great chance to differentiate based on individual students' needs. Suggestions: handwriting practice, cutting practice, coloring sheets, flash cards, and games.

    Student Workbook - Outside View

    Student Workbook - Inside View

    5. School-Home Connection Books

    Strengthen the connection between school and home by keeping the lines of communication open. For instance, send manila envelopes home every Friday with a letter, and perhaps an activity. Family members can put responses in the envelopes and send them back to school. Collect the envelopes on rings, and by the end of the year each student should have a "book" of letters. Idea: Read The Kissing Hand at open house, and send the first envelope home with materials to make a temporary tattoo for the first day of school (send water-based gel pens only).

    School-Home Connection Books

    The Kissing Hand Temporary Tattoo

    The Kissing Hand

     

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