In the district that I teach in, we have to pull everything off of our walls, cover up all bulletin boards, take things down from the ceilings, etc... and let's face it - it comes down a LOT faster and a LOT easier than it goes up. When I think about the monthsssss that I put into prepping my classroom for the first day of school, I always try to figure out SOME way to do it better...to do it FASTER than previous years. It still always takes me forever, BUT I wanted to share a couple of things with you about what I do that HELP me get my classroom ready when I head back to school.
By the time April and May roll around, my "next year" gears start turning and I start collecting ideas, goodies, organizing tools for the new year. I collect them/create them/buy them semi-sporadically, and I want to make sure that I have it all ready to grab and go for the following year, so I put them ALL in a large box and label it "Back to School Jump Start!". Then, when I head back in to start setting things up for back to school, that's my go-to box to start with!
Also, as I tear down things that I keep up all year long and that I know will be going right back up on the walls the following year, I tuck it all in one basket/box too. It just makes it so simply organized and ready to be at my finger tips when I head back in after the gloriousness of summer! Here is a little snap shot of my "Back to School Jump Start" boxes that I have officially started! :)
This one has a few of my all year long posters - fire drill, inspirational quotes, etc - AND my student name tags for next year. I've also tucked in some new organizing teacher trays that will be making their debut next year!
The lunch count sign and labels are down and tucked away for the year, too, including some classroom labels, and Mrs. Schroeder letters for my classroom door that I now will have ready to grab and go in August! :)
I'm all about a system, and this one is easy, FREE, and SUCH a time saver when you head back to school!! It makes the back to school craziness go so much smoother!
Oh ANNNNND if you're looking for a fun, summery-ish themed activity or 2 to do for the final few days, check out my newly posted Pirate Palooza!!! It's great for 1st and 2nd graders!! :)
Thanks so much for reading, friends!