Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to Organize Your Classroom for the First Day of School

One of the most significant days for both teachers and students is the first day of school. As exciting as this day can be, it can still be quite overwhelming. The following article will look at the major factors that you should keep in mind when starting a new school year.

Create a friendly environment

When your students start entering your class, they must find a welcoming and friendly environment. A good way of creating this kind of environment is by setting up a bulletin board that is specifically dedicated for the students only. You can start with names and later on add some pictures. For classes with limited space for a bulletin board, then you can try decorating the door instead. There are some great ideas for both decorating a door or bulletin board on my Teaching Ideas Pinterest board that you can check out and use.

Organize classroom supplies

For schools that require their students to come with their own school supplies at the start of the school year then you can also organize those. Just create a few drop-off points with bags or boxes labeled clearly using both pictures and words. This enables students to learn where they are going to be leaving their supplies every time. In effect, this saves you from the hassle of having to sort through the whole classroom’s supplies once the class ends.

Set up class routines

It is good to set a clear routine or schedule that your class will follow. However, since most students that are just starting kindergarten cannot read, you can provide visuals so as to assist them in understanding the schedule. This is the right time to set your expectations and standards. Ensure you show them the way they should enter the class, where to place their bags, where to sit down and also how to request for permission to go to the bathroom. Learning these routines is important for ensuring your class operates smoothly.

Reducing tears

Going to school is tough on both parents and kids as well. A good practice of easing both the parents and the kids into the learning environment is by inviting them to attend the tour of the class on the first day. However, when the parents leave some students will definitely cry. A good way of reducing tears is by having stuffed animals in the class for any student who is feeling sad. Eventually, such students get engaged by the enjoyable activities of the elementary school and new friends that they forget about crying.

These are only a few of the various ways you can plan your first day of school. Now you only need to be get mentally prepared and start decorating! You can find tons of back to school classroom decor at GreenAppleLessons.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Back to School Resources







Check out our awesome back to school resources from A - Z!

Alphabet Posters, Alphabet Posters and More Alphabet Posters!
All About Me
All About Me Craftivity 
Alphabet Activities
Alphabet Crowns

Behavior Charts , Behavior Charts & More Behavior Charts
Binder Covers
Bathroom Pass
Back to School Crafts
Back to School Activities
Back To School Night PowerPoint
Bullying Prevention Posters
Birthday Pack
Book Report Templates

Class Rules Posters
Classroom Management Awards for Students
Classroom Decor
Center Signs
Clip Charts
Colors Posters

Days of the Week Signs
Daily Schedule Cards

Emotions Posters

First Day of School Activities
First Day of School Signs
Fire Safety 

Graphic Organizers

Handwriting Practice
Handwriting Posters

Idioms Activities

Jobs - Classroom Jobs Cards

Kindergarten Math
Kindergarten Morning Work
Kindergarten Back to School
Kindergarten Centers, Kindergarten Centers

Labels - classroom
Labels for Tables
Labels Classroom Supply

Music Posters, Musical Instruments Posters
Months of the Year Cards 

Name Tags

Open House Printables
Open House PowerPoint

PowerPoint Lessons

Reward Coupons

Shapes Posters
Schedule Cards
School Safety PowerPoint
Seasons Activities

Telling Time 

Voice Level Charts
Vowel Teams

Word Wall First Grade
Word Wall Second Grade
Word Wall Letters
Word of the Day

Z Absolute Best Back to School Activity Pack!

For more great back to school resources, visit Green Apple Lessons!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Books for Boys

Do you have a favorite book series for boys?  As a parent of three sons, I searched high and low for books that would encourage my sons to develop a sincere love of reading.  Here is an interesting blog article about 50 of the best books for boys.  

While my sons enjoyed many of these, their favorite series was the Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul Hutchins. This series was written in the 1940s and is wholesome and full of adventure for boys! Check out this blog post about the top 50 books for boys.

Check out a sample story on CD of the Sugar Creek Gang! You won't be disappointed! We got ours here for $3.95 and that is that is what got my sons hooked on this series!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Teaching Students with ADHD

For years, teachers have been trying to get kids to "sit still" to listen and learn. This is an almost impossible task for students with ADHD. New research is showing that these students need to squirm to learn. Check out the article here!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Back to School Activities

First Week of School Activities, First Day of School, Back to School Activity
Most teachers are winding down the school year, and looking forward to summer vacation. I have been working on some really fun back to school activities for the first week of school. You can check them out here!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Teaching Resources Website


The Green Apple Lessons website just got a new makeover! Be sure to check out our new teaching resources website  and teaching resources store for elementary teachers and home schooling families!

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