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Elmer's Electric Crayon Sharpener - why did I not know such a thing existed? I could have saved so much money on crayons.

Elmer's Electric Crayon Sharpener - why did I not know such a thing existed? I could have saved so much money on crayons.

Give crazy straws to students as birthday presents! More fun than receiving another pencil and better than giving away candy!

Give crazy straws to students as birthday presents! More fun than receiving another pencil and better than giving away candy!

Take their pictures for the birthday chart. {If you do it in a "line up" structure, it could be a math activity for sequencing.}

Take their pictures for the birthday chart. {If you do it in a "line up" structure, it could be a math activity for sequencing.}

Used a list of similar goodbyes as our first shared reading at the beginning of the year. The kids LOVED them. They're still posted by the door and they say them all the time.

Used a list of similar goodbyes as our first shared reading at the beginning of the year. The kids LOVED them. They're still posted by the door and they say them all the time.

Do you have a marble or reward jar to help reinforce positive class behavior?  Then you may enjoy writing the agreed upon rewards on one of these c...

Do you have a marble or reward jar to help reinforce positive class behavior? Then you may enjoy writing the agreed upon rewards on one of these c...

August Fields: first day of homeschool 2011!||  LOVE the way she makes the "first day of homeschool" just as exciting as going to a reg school. I'm definitely doing this next year.

August Fields: first day of homeschool 2011!|| LOVE the way she makes the "first day of homeschool" just as exciting as going to a reg school. I'm definitely doing this next year.

Hallway tunes-I like the Gilligan's Island one.    *Change first line: My hands are straight down by my side.

Hallway tunes-I like the Gilligan's Island one. *Change first line: My hands are straight down by my side.

*first grade ideas -- have children write compliments to their classmates and drop them in their "mailbox". On Friday, for wrap it up, students can check their mailbox and take notes home.

*first grade ideas -- have children write compliments to their classmates and drop them in their "mailbox". On Friday, for wrap it up, students can check their mailbox and take notes home.

EVERY HOUSE NEEDS ONE!!!!  Great idea. Ever found buttons, etc. around the house and had no idea where they go?  Just place them in the bucket.

EVERY HOUSE NEEDS ONE!!!! Great idea. Ever found buttons, etc. around the house and had no idea where they go? Just place them in the bucket.