It's That Time Again! My Back to School Routine!

Is it really already that time again!? I can't believe I am only a couple weeks away from having my alarm clock wake me up and not my sweet babies. This is such a bittersweet time for me. On one hand, I am {so} ready to get back into a routine and be back in my classroom each day, and on the other I am so incredibly sad to be leaving my sweet little girl. I'm soaking up every second with my kids!

Pre-planning for me starts on July 28th (it gets earlier and earlier every year!). I've already had school on the brain for awhile now, so I thought I would share my routine for getting everything ready to head back to the classroom!

Here is what my room looked like before I started moving things around:




The first thing I do each year is make a map of my classroom. It's not anything fancy, just a quick sketch of where I want all my furniture to go.  I try to be as productive as possible, so I have this ready before I head back into my classroom. I also make sure to have my room set up {before} pre-planning starts. Pre-planning is already busy enough, so I don't want to spend time arranging furniture. I've already been back in my room this year- and I have it pretty much set up the way I want it!

I'm not completely finished, but it's a start! 


After getting my room set up, another must do for me is to {clean}! I can't stand starting the year off with things dirty and dusty! I make sure to dust off bookshelves, clean inside tubs, wipe down tables- everything! After I get everything clean, I am ready to {organize}! I try to do as much as I can to organize everything at the end of the year, but I always have new thoughts over the summer! This year, I added a new bookshelf so I need to reorganize my classroom library. I also am going to start a "Brain Bucket" for early finishers, so I need to organize that!


After my room is ready, I begin to get my {Sneak a Peek} resources ready! At my school our Sneak a Peek is a time when the students and parents come to meet the teacher. It is very informal! I usually have parents fill out their information forms, give them some information about me and our classroom, and give my students a special little treat!


This year I am giving my students some Starburst and using these cute little tags. Click here or on the pictures for this fun freebie!








And, last but definitely not least- 


After I have everything ready for Sneak a Peek, I plan out the {First Week of School}. Last year I had this mostly ready during post-planning, but after being on maternity leave this year I didn't have a chance! My Erin Condren planner from the previous year comes in very handy! I look at what I did the year before and go through all my resources and start to map out our week!

How do you get ready for heading {Back to School} each year???

Happy Teaching,

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  1. I know that bitter sweet feeling you speak of. I'm ready to go back to work, but at the same time I've been having a great summer with my 2year old. Thanks for the Starburst freebie, I just downloaded it. Enjoy your last weeks of summer.

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    1. Enjoy your last few weeks, too!! Glad you got the freebie! Hope you are able to use it!

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  2. Thanks so much for the Starburst-themed welcome bag tags! I used cobalt blue and black as my themed colors last year! Such a nice, bright combo! Love the idea of the three drawer files at the end of each table group! Thanks so much for sharing!
    ~Jennifer
    Stories and Songs in Second

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    1. You are welcome! I hope you can use them!! Yes, I love this color combo- I've had it for a few years and I still love it! I love the files at the end of each group- it's a great place to hold supplies!!!

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  3. It looks like you have been busy. I am hoping to get into my room sometime this week to get started. I LOVE your chevron rug! Thanks for the freebie...super cute idea!

    Bagby
    Get Your Science on in Room 701

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