I found with teaching little ones, keeping rules simple and then demonstrating them, set the stage for a great year. Hang up this simple rules poster and use it as an easy way to review and remind.
Get organized and make life easier with a book hospital basket. When students are reading a book from your classroom library and discover that it needs some repair work to avoid further damage, have them fill out an Rx form of what's wrong with the book and how you can fix it. They tuck the note on the page that needs repair, so that the end sticks out and then drop the book in the "hospital" basket.
Make a classroom elf of your own, or use this as an individual behavior modification technique and have each child make one. The body is made out of a decorative lunch bag. Children add tally marks for staying focused, completing tasks, behaving etc.
If you're decorating with an owl theme, or just love owls, I think you'll enjoy this classroom management tip. Being "fair" and getting your turn, is extremely important to young children. You may think you know that Kelli had a turn, but let's face it we all can't remember everything. By making these, there will be no arguments. The proof is in the can. Remind students NOT to play with the cans or take the sticks out.
A nice reminder to students of the true value of real friends. This poster makes a great writing prompt: What does the poster mean? Do you agree with the poster? Why or why not? Is this good advice?
A "makes your think" poster that can be used as a writing prompt. "Is this advice true? Good? Why or why not? How can changing places with someone help you understand them better?" This is a great poster if you're doing the "Fill A Bucket" program.
Two posters to alleviate interuptions while you teach. If a child signals by displaying the appropriate number of fingers, you can tell at a glance what they want.
A sweet poster to help remind students that winning isn't everything. Simply participating and following through are extremely valuable life lessons.