Back To School Bash

I know some of you are already 'back to school' and some of us are starting soon!
The girls and guy of 'The Pack' have come together to bring you a hop filled with fabulous tips, awesome freebies and incredible giveaways!

How It Works!
Our hop is a 3…2…1… BACK TO SCHOOL BASH because each member of The Primary Pack will be giving you 3 teacher tips, 2 giveaways (one on each of our blogs and one BIG one on the Primary Pack), and 1 freebie!

To enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first! As you "hop" through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecopter on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop.
 You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our

If you have already visited the first 6 stops along the hop, you are ready for stop 7 from me!

 On the first day of school the most important thing is that your students get home safely.  This can be a very hectic time.  Make sure that you know how every student goes home and that you assume nothing.  Put a "How I Go Home" sheet out at Meet The Teacher.  Make sure to talk to every parent about it that night.  Often times the students will go home one way the first day and a different way the rest of the year.  Ask the parents about this.  You should not be asking your students if they are young.  Keep your list in your hand on the first day.  As parents drop off kids, make sure to double and triple check.  Once everyone is in the classroom, double check your list again.  Give parents a call if you haven't seen them.  Did I mention that you shouldn't assume that they go home any one way and that you shouldn't rely on the student?

Don't compare yourself to other teachers.  We aren't all in the same place.  We don't know what else is going on with them.  Just make sure that your lessons are top notch and your student's needs are being met.  Everything else will come.
I'm a mom of three. Taking time for myself is much easier said then done.  I made sure to not over schedule myself the first week of school.  Lots of tasks went to the way side so that I could rest a bit. You will be a much better teacher and if applicable parent if you take time for yourself the first week back.  After that, everything is fair game!

I made a rag wreath for my door to welcome students.  Grab this freebie for welcome buttons that you can use to decorate your classroom projects.  You could even put them on your student's desks.

If you don't have will certainly WANT ONE!
And if you do have one, you could be somebody's forever best friend and gift it to them for back to school!
You could choose your own prize from my store!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is the letter that you need from my blog to complete the secret code: