Back to School on The Farm

12 days of school with kiddos. 12 days. I really thought I beat the BTS monster this year.
But no. I sneezed all the way home from school Friday and was asleep on the sofa by 4:00 pm.
On Saturday, I opened the dishwasher mid-cycle (more than once) just to breathe in the steam. Please tell me I'm not the only one. Once again, the BTS monster won.
Today, I spent some time in the after-hours clinic.
My prizes? A sting from a shot and 2 prescriptions.
Positives from this weekend: No guilt from staying on the sofa and NO housekeeping!


Moving on...I have cute pics to share with you. School pics, not monster pics. 

This year, our K and 1st teachers chose a super cute theme that was not too over the top!
What did we do? We turned our hall into a farmyard! 

We turned up the music, worked together in the hall, and in a few hours, it was DONE! 

We each created a farm animal and placed them in stalls on our doors.
Then, we hung bunting all the way down the hall. 

I love these K-1 teachers!  We are truly blessed to have such an incredible team!


Here are a few peeks at our doors!
Before kidlets-Some of us didn't have our peek-inside holes cut yet!

Kindergarten Doors


 To make the white stripes, we used the back side of borders or white duck tape.

We used butcher paper scraps to "stuff" our animals.






First Grade Doors






 This one is mine! Our little cow makes me giggle!
Can you see his Cowbell?? 
The kiddos think this is our doorbell!



 We also did easy peasy Back to School boards.
Bunting, Burlap, and Class Lists!
This will be super quick to change for fall!


Shiny floors and lots of bunting!
Welcome Back from your Farmyard friends!







INK FRIENDLY NEWSLETTERS

Let’s be honest! Colorful newsletters are adorable!
I love color, but how many parents hold on to newsletters every week?

 I decided to save my ink for things I would use from year to year!
I got busy and created some newsletters to make my weekly task quick AND easy on the ink.
Here's my final product!



I wanted each newsletter in the same format so I could copy and paste from week to week!
Quick and Easy! I love Krista Wallden's graphics and used them on each page!




Well, here they are to share with you! And yes, they are EDITABLE-just type in the text boxes provided!


There are over 50 themes when the pack is finished, but I wanted to get these uploaded as soon as possible for BTS!  There are still some themes to be added, and I will continue to add to this set throughout the year!


 

Choose to use one page or two-page newsletters!

This set has truly saved me SO much ink!



Have a wonderful week, teacher friends!!


 

There's a New Blog in Town!

Hello, friends!

It's an exciting day here at Peace, Love, and First Grade!
20 of my best bloggy buddies and I have created a collaborative blog-
 especially for 1st and 2nd grade teachers! 
It's called The Primary Chalkboard, and it's going to be awesome!

We worked with Sweet Erin from Creating and Designing to design our blog.
Erin also designed my blog right here! Love some Erin!!
 



We are launching The Primary Chalkboard TODAY and have a lot in store for you!
First, you'll get 20 Fantastic Back to School Teacher Tips!


Next, you'll get a free 20 page download Ebook.
Every Primary Chalkboard author contributed a one page freebie
to help you survive the first month of school!
 

Then, you'll have a chance to win gift cards AND products from Primary Chalkboard authors!
Lastly, you'll be able to return for more great tips and resources!

What are you waiting for?? Click here to join us at The Primary Chalkboard!!

MEET THE TEACHER

Hello, friends!

I've been a little MIA lately! Can you guess why?
We're back! Yes, we are back at school!
Teachers officially returned August 1,and my kiddos came last Thursday!
Whew! As my friend, Nancy, would say, "I'm smooth spent!"

Are you back? Are you prepping to go back? OR are you still enjoying summer?

I had 26 firsties on roll, but so far only 24 little bodies. Time will tell.

 Meet the Teacher was Wednesday morning.

I set up Step by Step parent tables to help with the chaos.
This was certainly not my original idea.
Some smart souls have been doing this forever.
I must say I am sold!!


 Here's what parents saw when they walked in the room.
We had two tables set up with steps 1-8.

Back to school night and Open House are coming! Meet the Teacher forms, signs, and editable templates make organization easy.
 Step 1-Sign in
Step 2-Place name labels on your child's supplies
Step 3-Correct form of transportation-car, bus, daycare
Step 4-Correct lunch form-box or tray

Back to school night and Open House are coming! Meet the Teacher forms, signs, and editable templates make organization easy.
 Step 5-Sign up for Friday Treats
Step 6-Parent Volunteer Forms
Step 7-Emergency Form-complete and turn in
Step 8-Information Folder for Home, First Day Name Tag, and Thank You!


Great Back to School ideas for Meet the Teacher and Open House
 Our Cupcake Stand Wishlist! Last minute Title-Ha!


Back to school night and Open House are coming! Meet the Teacher forms, signs, and editable templates make organization easy.
My Meet the Teacher packs are available on TpT. 

UPDATE: Now Available in Theme Packs!
Here are the links:


Great Back to School ideas for Meet the Teacher and Open House

Super Heroes Back to School ideas for Meet the Teacher and Open House


Monsters Back to School ideas for Meet the Teacher and Open House

Space Back to School ideas for Meet the Teacher and Open House

Owls Back to School ideas for Meet the Teacher and Open House

Camping Back to School ideas for Meet the Teacher and Open House


Great Back to School ideas and templates for Meet the Teacher and Open House

Great Back to School ideas and templates for Meet the Teacher and Open House

Great Back to School ideas and templates for Meet the Teacher and Open House

Great Back to School ideas and templates for Meet the Teacher and Open House

I also uploaded a fun and easy to use freebie to FB today. Find it here!


Happy Back to School, friends!