Friday, July 26, 2013

Guest Blogger-Polka Dot Kinders!

Hello!  I am SO excited to be hanging out with you today!  Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Sara and I’ll be starting my 14th year of teaching kindergarten in the Land of 10,000 Lakes:  Minnesota! 

If you are like me, you are already thinking about the start of the school year and how to start the year off right.  One thing that I love to do is to send home a postcard to students and a letter to parents.  I’ve done this for several years and have received a lot of positive feedback about it.

Before I had kids of my own, I would handwrite my postcards. That was back when I taught AM & PM so I would write about 45 postcards!  It took F-O-R-E-V-E-R!  Don’t get me wrong, it was totally worth it BUT then I found Vistaprint!

If you haven’t heard of it, you’ll love it!  For the rest of you, please allow me to refresh your memory.   Vistaprint has just about any product you would want for your classroom.  Personalized magnets?  Yep!  Stickers!  For sure!  Mugs and T-shirts?  Yes and yes!  It is a great site and easy to use.  There are even some tutorials floating around on Pinterest to help you out.  One of my favorites is by Maria from Kinder-Craze.   You can make a self-inking stamp!

Custom Vistaprint stamps inspired by Maria at Kinder-Craze!

They are always having a sale and I was lucky enough to get a Groupon for even better deals.  Anyway, I was after their postcards.  The cool thing is that you get 100 of them so for me that is enough for 4 years!   There are lots of designs to choose from or you can import your own clipart of pictures.  Here is a peek at mine!



I love that I can add my picture so my students will have an idea of what I look like ahead of time.  My theme of my classroom (and of course, my blog) is polka dots so it also sets the tone for my theme.

I don’t want parents to feel left out, so I also send a letter home to them!  Our school is trying something new this fall.  Each family comes in individually for a short meeting.  Then, the parents go in the hall and I give a quick assessment.   The purpose of my letter is to be sure they come to the meeting prepared with supplies and any questions!  The letter also outlines my “homework” for the beginning of the year.    Here is what my letter looks like:



Hopefully I’ve inspired you to try sending home a letter to your families this fall!  It really starts the year off on a good note which is always a good thing!

A big thank you Nicki for letting me guest blog while she is on her mission trip!  It is my first time guest blogging and she was so helpful!

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