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Back to School ~ With a Freebie!

Excuse me while I dust the cobwebs away on this little ole' blog!  I may or may not have had to look up how to write a blog post .... it's been a while :)

I'm not sure about you, but summer seemed to sweep right in and FLY by!  I officially go back to school tomorrow with students and I'm wondering how summer is already gone.

BUT.... this year is going to be different.  I'm at a new school.... in a new school district.... with a new team and I couldn't be more excited!  Another reason to be excited..... my OWN two boys will now both be with me at school.   That's right.... my youngest little mess ball is heading to kindergarten!  #watchoutworld

So I officially have a kindergartner and a 3rd grader in the house!  Woo Woo!!   While I'm a little sad they are both growing up so quickly, this will be the first time as a mom that both of my kiddos will join me daily on the drive to school (and stay at school with me!)

Now... it's been since June since I typed on this blog BUT I must say that with a new job comes new trainings and this gal has been pretty busy! I had a few PD conferences in June and July and then *maybe* 3 days of relaxation and then it was right back to work....

SO.... if you have been like me, spending the last couple of weeks in back-to-school trainings, in-service meetings, Meet the Teacher events, and setting up an entire classroom, then hopefully this blog post will help you with filling in some of your first week lesson plans!

The first week is always (and should be!) filled with lots of fun getting-to-know-you activities, constant exposure to classroom procedures and routines, and did I say FUN activities?  This first week is so crucial in setting the classroom community.... so FUN (while of course meaningful) activities are necessary!

We all have our favorite back-to-school books that we dive into with our students, some on repeat every single year and some books making their first appearance this week.   Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is always one of those books that is on repeat (for me!)  I know some teachers are probably Boom Boom'ed out.... and tired of reading this fun and up-beat book, but I still ALWAYS make time for it!

Sooo.... since we also are getting to know each other in the classroom AND doing a lot of name activities, it's an easy book to tie into a name craft!

I whipped up some coconut tree templates, letter boxes, and a little rhyme chant and now the perfect little craft is ready for this week!  (probably toward the latter part down in kinder world!)

When I said, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom",
All the letters came,
Down the coconut tree,
To help me spell my name

This activity is a great literature tie-in and exposure to letters!   Don't have the book?  There are some great read-aloud versions on YouTube as well with the music and up-beat tempo!

You can click on the picture below  or (HERE) to grab your copy of this little free craft :)

Sooo.... when do you head back to school?  Are you already back?  

Hopefully I will not let the cobwebs build back up on here and I'll be back soon with some fun activities and a few new products :)

Happy Teaching!

Jessica Travis
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