Getting Ready for Back to School! {My Back to School Routine}

It's that time again! Time to head back to school! With a busy schedule and two kids of my own, I don't have a ton of time to spend in my classroom before pre-planning officially starts each year! I wanted to share my routine for getting {Ready for Back to School}!

The very first thing I do each year is figure out how I want to set up my classroom with a map! 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. Since I've been teaching for awhile, I have a pretty good idea of how I want my room set up each year! However, I always make some type of map of my classroom- even if it's just a picture in my head!

After I've got an idea of how I want my classroom set up, I go ahead and move all the furnture around and set everything up! Here are some progress pictures of my classroom this year!

After everything is set up how I want it, then I try my best to clean and organize! I can't stand starting the year off with things dirty and dusty. I usually do this at the end of the year, but after moving and sitting all summer, I usually have 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 need to organize my files into a better system!

After my room is ready, I begin to get my {Meet and Greet} resources ready! At my school our Meet and Greet is a time when the students and parents come to meet the teacher. It is very informal!

This year I used a simple checklist that parents used to make sure they completed everything! I absolutely LOVED using this checklist! I had it sitting on my cubbies at the front of the room and families just grabbed one as they walked in and I introduced myself! It made it easy if I was already talking to another family for them to go ahead and get started and gave them something to do!

This year I had all my Meet and Greet papers on students desks pretty early in the week because I had printed everything before I went back for pre-planning, so I all I needed to do was make copies!

I always print the forms that parents need to fill out on Astrobrights paper (affilate link) and all the information pages for them to take home on white paper, it makes it VERY simple!

I always like to give my students a little treat at our Meet and Greet! Totally not necessary, but I just love starting the year in a positive fun way! You can check out this post for 20+ Ideas for Easy Back to School Gifts for Students! 

And, last but definitely not least- 

It's finally time to plan out the {First Week of School}. I LOVE trying to do this during post-planning and having all my copies ready! But, last year I had to move classrooms and just didn't have a lot of extra time!

This year I've been OBSESSED with these Back to School resources from Haley O'Connor!

I absolutely LOVE using my Erin Condren Teacher Planner to help keep me organized! My planner from the previous year comes in very handy at this time because I look at what I did the year before and go through all my resources and start to map out our week! My beginning of the year plans are always a VERY rough sketch and I always over plan all my activities!

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This year I bought some new resources from Teachers Pay Teachers and bought some fun new books!! I am very excited about using the book You're Finally Here on the first day of school this year! {Tip- Order this book from Amazon Canada and get it for a great deal!) I even went ahead and prepped my anchor charts for the first day of school!

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

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