First Day of School Ideas

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It’s back-to-school time already! The summer flew by and as much as the lazy days of summer will be missed, I think kids and parents alike are ready to go back to school and get back into a routine (although your kids won’t tell you that!)

I’ve put together some ideas for marking the first day of school. These ideas are a nice way to give your kids their school send off and mark the start of another year where they will learn and grow so much!

Wow! What a breakfast to wake up to!
Nice first day breakfast idea.
This “time capsule” is a nice tradition to mark the first day of school or other special occasions.
This idea is adapted from a German first day of school tradition.
This idea is adapted from a German first day of school tradition.
handprint tshirt
This is a really cool idea by a Pinterest user. I would certainly have done this if I had known about it when my kids were younger!
I have actually had this pinned for a long time. I think this sweet idea can be adapted to any grade.
One Pinterest user was inspired by this project to trace your child’s hand on each first day of school.
This free printable marks the important milestones on the first day of a given school year. Can be customized for girl or boy.
This is a great idea and would be cool to use the same frame year after year and see how your child changes.
This is a printable that you can have your child hold on the first day.
This is a printable that you can have your child hold on the first day.
Nice idea!

Educational Links

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Here are some of my favorite educational links with descriptions from their “about” page: – Educational Videos

Founded in 1999, BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Our award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, an educational games portal for the classroom.

In traditional, blended, and “flipped” learning settings, BrainPOP supports individual, team, and whole-class learning. At school and in informal learning environments, our characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts. Through “My BrainPOP,” teachers and students can keep a record of learning accomplishments through quizzes, game play, and activities. The My BrainPOP suite of features includes access to the Mixer, which lets users tailor assessments to meet all students’ needs, and Make-a-Map, our concept mapping tool. BrainPOP is also a great fit for mobile learning and BYOD classrooms: our educational apps – available on all major platforms – have been downloaded millions of times,and lauded in countless reviews. BrainPOP content is carefully mapped to the Common Core, aligned to academic standards, and searchable with our online Standards Tool. We are easy to use, with no downloading, installation, or special hardware required.

All of our resources are supported by BrainPOP Educators, our hub for free professional development and teacher resources like lesson plans, webinars, video tutorials, graphic organizers, and best practices.

BrainPOP was conceived by Avraham Kadar, M.D., an immunologist and pediatrician, as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to his young patients. Today, we’re used in more than 20 percent of U.S. schools, and are growing internationally. We take pride in our in-house team of educators, animators, and writers, who produce and continually improve BrainPOP, incorporating valuable teacher and parent input. Aiding us is a talented group of educators who serve as our Academic Advisors. We also partner with an array of educational game creators and other education technology companies and organizations. – Teaching resources for purchase and for free

We believe that real teachers create the most relevant and engaging educational resources. Our open marketplace model supercharges resource quality, quantity, and availability.

Bringing educators together forms a powerful community that shares best practices, raises the bar for all, and compensates our best curriculum developers (sometimes spectacularly).

In the end, everyone wins, especially students. And that’s what it’s all about. – Free teaching resources and books for sale

Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe.

To encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.