Dumbfounded by Decorating? 45 Ways To Decorate Your Classroom Door

As I have been discussing, it’s back to school time. There are many ways a teacher has to prepare their classrooms for the new school year. One of the most important ways to do this is decorating their classroom door.  Why is this so important? Because children want to feel welcomed when they walk through the door and having a door that is decorated is a fun way to incorporate this. Dumbfounded by decorating? 45 ways to decorate your classroom door.

45 Ways To Decorate Your Classroom Door.

Check out this blog post from Bored Teachers.com.

https://boredteachers.com/blogs/the-faculty-room/45-amazing-classroom-doors-welcome-kids-back-to-school

Dumbfounded by Decorating?: 45 Ways to Decorate Your Classroom Door

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Some awesome ideas/concepts they have come up with include:

Encouraging kids to read

Encouraging ambition

Encouraging them to be their best selves

Legos

Dr. Seuss…

and much more.

 

5 Ways To Save On Childcare Costs

As I have mentioned the last few weeks, it’s back to school time. For families with older children, the basic expenses are taken care of in one big chunk at the beginning of the year. What about families with young children? Not even close. I recently read that people are paying close to double their mortgage for child care. Have you ever wondered what you can do to help lower those costs? Here are 5 ways to save on childcare costs.

5 Ways To Save On Childcare Costs.

5 Ways To Save On Childcare Costs.

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  1. Create a budget-Sit down and account for all your spending. Are there things you can cut out or cut down to free up some extra money in your budget? Once you know how much you can spend a week or month on child care, you can start looking around.
  2. Shop around-Write down the tuition for each day care you are considering. Then write down the pro’s and con’s of each. This should help narrow your search down.
  3. Talk to your employer-Check with your HR department and see if they offer childcare reimbursement.
  4. Shift your schedule around-See if your employer would let you work less days if you put in so many hours in so many days. For example, would they let you work four 10 hour days instead of five 8 hour days? Could you and your spouse work it so you are on opposite shifts so someone is always home to be with the kids?
  5. Work from home or start your own business-There are lots of companies that hire remote workers like Amazon, Capital One, and Enterprise. If working for yourself is more appealing, draw on your talents and what you like to do. You could start a business freelance writing, being a virtual assistant, or another creative pursuit like making gift baskets. Sure you may still need child care but hiring a reliable babysitter for a few hours a day is a lot cheaper than a week at day care.

These are just 5 ways to save on childcare costs.  If you are able to implement just one, you can be assured peace of mind and a fuller wallet.

 

3 Back To School Crafts For Preschoolers

It’s that time again. Time for back to school.  Here are 3 back to school crafts for preschoolers that can also double as classroom decorations.

3 Back To School Crafts For Preschoolers.

Glittering apples

What you’ll need:

Template of an apple with eyes printed out on white card stock

Stick glue

Red, yellow, or green glitter

Medium to large googly eyes

What to do:

  1. Print out a template of an apple with eyes on white card stock.
  2. Have your students paint glue all over the apple and then help them shake on red, yellow, or green glitter.
  3. Add googly eyes.
  4. 4,When dry, cut out and  hang these on your classroom door.

School bus train

What you’ll need:

A template of a school bus printed on white card stock

Yellow and black crayons

Individual pictures of your students

How to make:

1.Print off a template of a school bus on white card stock and have your kids color the school bus.

2.A few days before, take individual pictures of your students and print them off.

3. Once your student is done coloring, cut out their face from their picture and add it to the front of the bus.

4. Do this for all your students and yourself and co-teacher, if you have one.

5.  Cut them all out and hang them in a ‘train’ on your classroom wall with the caption, “The Wheels on the Bus Go ‘Round and ‘Round”.

3 Back To School Crafts For Preschoolers

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Eye Catching Books

What you’ll need:

Template of a closed book printed on white card stock

Crayons, markers

Medium to large googly eyes

How to make:

1. Print off a template of a closed book on white card stock. Have your students color the book.

2. Add a pair of googly eyes. and write their name on the back.

3. When done, cut out everyone’s book and hang them on your classroom wall.

4. Add the caption, “Eye Love Books”. You could also create a bookshelf effect on your bulletin board and have the books sitting on the shelf.

These 3 back to school crafts for preschoolers will have your classroom looking cool.

 

 

Don’t Despair: Here Is Your Back To Day Care Checklist

In last week’s post, we talked about getting your older children ready for back to school. This week we’re going to talk about your younger children. I know what you’re thinking, will back to school shopping ever end? This should be a little easier because a lot of what you will need, you will already have on hand. Don’t despair, here is your back to day care checklist.

Don’t Despair: Here Is Your Back To Day Care Checklist.

Diapers-Make sure you take in a full box of diapers your first day. Although kids do have accidents and blowouts, these should last awhile and your teachers won’t be asking for diapers every other day.

Pull Ups-If your child is potty training, I personally recommend Pull-ups brand. Why? They are the easiest to get on and off. Just undo/reattach the sides and you’re good to go.

Wipes- Please bring two packs of wipes to start. Even though we use each child’s own ‘personal’ wipes that they bring in, we go through these like water.

Diaper Cream-Because rashes and irritation do happen.

Pacifiers- Two of these are important in case one gets lost. Yes, it does happen and it’s usually not pretty. 🙂

Don't Despair Here Is Your Back To Day Care Checklist

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Other Items Needed.

One blanket-Bring one blanket for nap time. I have seen kids bring gobs of blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals for nap time and it’s just unnecessary.

Extra change of clothes-Having several sets of clothes in your child’s cubby is a Godsend. We don’t always have extra clothes to fit your child or if we do, it could be a short sleeve shirt and shorts when it’s the dead of winter. Extra pairs of underwear should also be included, aim for at least three pairs. This is very important to add to your back to day care checklist.

Jacket-As the weather gets cooler, please bring a jacket for your child. Once again, we don’t always have these on hand.

Milk-If your child is allergic to milk, please bring milk they can drink.

Back to school can make you want to pull out your hair. As I said, don’t despair, here is your back to day care checklist. This should make getting ready for going to day care a breeze.