These helpful "remember" items can be found in the 123-page Back-To-School Packet
Click on the link to view/download it.
I had 4 timers at school. I used them to REMIND me of a variety of things. One of the most important was when I put a child in the Time Out Chair.
Sometimes they were so good about thinking about a better behavior, they forgot how long they had been sitting there.
So that I wouldn't, because of the zillions of other things going on, a timer was a must-have for me!
The timers were also very helpful to signal when it was time to clean up after centers, free play, etc.
I'd get busy working one-on-one with students, or assessing and you know how that time flies. It's easy to forget about the time, and one does not want to be late for recess, lunch and specials.
I also had other things that I developed to help my parents and students remember things... from posters to magnets to assignment books and calendars.
I think teaching organization to your students is an important life skill. My parents have told me they appreciate the reminders and it makes for happier and smarter students; a win-win situation all around.
Here are some fun and easy things that you can do to help yourself, students and parents REMEMBER!
- Post times and clocks on the board.
Even tho’ my Y5’s can’t tell time, they can compare and match.
I have 3 times of the day that they are most interested in: When is recess; when is it lunch time and when do we get to go home?
I make 3 paper clocks and laminate them and post them on my white board. Each one is labeled: Recess, Lunch, Done for the day! They can look at the hands of those clocks and can compare them to the hands of our class clock.
It's stopped children from asking me these same 3 questions all day long. If they do; I tell them to look at the clocks and become a detective and see if they can figure it out. I use it as a teachable moment to do some math. i.e., How much longer is it before…
Calendars & Other "Paper" Reminders:
- Send reminder notes home. Sometimes these are half notes or just a strip of paper the size of a bookmark; sometimes they are a slap bracelet.
- I put notes on children at the end of the day and pin them in the middle of their backs. I find that some parents do not check backpacks.
- Sometimes I run off labels with things that I need to remind parents of on a monthly basis.
- I simply put the sticker on their child’s shirt at the end of the day. Parents have given me wonderful feedback about this form of FYI-reminder.
- Labels save me time and paper and the hassle of having to pin things on children or put things in cubbies, folders or backpacks.
- Parents tell me they take the sticker off and put it on the mirror, door jamb or car window to help them remember.
- Send a monthly calendar home.
- Give students a weekly calendar for them to fill out.
- Send a weekly newsletter home.
- Make "to do" lists and encourage your students to do the same.
- Empower your students and teach them responsibility by having them keep track of their assignments.
- Write them on the board and then have students copy them down. If they complete them, they check them off. Train parents to ask to see this assignment booklet.
- I’ve made one up for you to run off. Have students glue the cover on a folded sheet of colored construction paper of their choice.
- Glue the cover on AFTER you have stapled pages on the inside of both sides. This way the staples won’t show.
- Art Project:
- Tying a string on your finger has been a symbol of remembering. For a fun art project, run off my drawing on a variety of flesh-toned construction paper; laminate the paper and have students cut the hand out and tie a piece of yarn or ribbon on the finger.
- Staple the yarn/ribbon or tape it on the back.
- Students can write themselves notes with a dry erase marker, or a permanent marker and use a Mr. Clean eraser to rub their note off, or they can add sticky notes to the back of the paper hand.
- You can make these ahead of time and give them as a gift, or have students make their own.
Posters and Anchor Charts:
- Reminder Magnet:
- Make a “Don’t Forget” Happy Face magnet and hot glue it to a clothespin. Students can help with these, or you can make them ahead of time and give them as a gift.
- Send home the magnet letter with the magnet for parents to jot themselves notes to remember important things.
- Print the reminder posters and have a wall area where you post important things to REMEMBER, everything from rules like “i before e except after c .” “When 2 vowels go walking the first one does the talking.” or your class rules, or spelling words.
- In this “Remember” section I post who has the Secret Sack (my version of Show & Tell), who has the Snack Sack (Who is bringing in snack, My snack calendar) My “Where Am I?” poster for students who are pull outs and have to be somewhere on certain days.
- There is also a hook hung with two-way tape that holds a set of laminated rainbow cards. (You can pick any kind of die cut card at a teacher’s store and laminate and then number them. ) Above it a sign says: How Many Students Are Here Today? This helps me remember at a glance how many children are in my room at any given time should there be an emergency and my brain leaves my head when bells, sirens, and screaming is taking place.
- I use this as a math extension every morning. We count students together, find that number card, show the card and identify that number, compare it to yesterday’s number and see if it is lesser, greater or equal to?
- If a child leaves with another teacher, the card is changed and then changed again when they come back. If a child goes to the bathroom a bathroom tag is put on top of the number so I know at all times how many children I have and who is where.
- Click on the link to view/print all of these ideas and patterns that will help you remember! Back To School Packet.
I hope you REMEMBER to RELAX for the rest of the summer and take time for yourself!
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you can stop back tomorrow for more back to school ideas. Feel free to PIN anything that you think others will find worthwhile.
"Tell me, and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand." -Unknown