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,


  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.

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

  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!
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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!!!

  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!

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