We are going to be busy this summer.

9 Skills to GET YOUR CHILD READY FOR KINDERGARTEN: Whether your child is two years old or five, these skills are vital to his/her success in school. Build a strong foundation at home before your child starts school.

Helping parents help their children in school

How you can help your child succeed in school- Fun in First Grade: Helping Parents Help Their Children

report card comments

I make writing REPORT CARD COMMENTS a complicated process. I print up a copy of my students' previous report cards, compare grades.

First day of first grade time capsule activity...must do in 2012-2013!

First week of school time capsule: stamp & date their handprints, measure their height with yarn, and have them fill out a little first day info sheet with their self portrait on the back. Have them do the same thing on the last day of school.

End of the Year Kindergarten Assessment - Beginning of the Year 1st Grade Assessment

The Polka Dot Patch: Assessment Anyone? beginning, middle, and ending of the year assessments for reading and math!

Start this at the beginning of the school year to go home at end of the year!  Great idea.

Handprint Art Books

Handprint Art Book: A handprint project for each month! So cute! Would be a great gift to give parents at end of school year :)

Great back to school song and video!

Curious George Birthday Party Ideas Does your little one go bananas over Curious George? Would you love to give them a Curious George Birthday Party?

Independence list by age

Interesting List of tasks children can master, by age, to gradually gain independence. I think I will take a few of these for the kids chore charts!

how to create a classroom newsletter that parents will actually READ!

Classroom Newsletters

From one pinner: How to create a classroom newsletter that parents will actually READ! (I did something like this at the beginning of the year and love it! And the parents DO read it!