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Back to School Bash with the Primary Pack

Hey there.. It's time for Back to School.. yes.. we know - we don't want to think about going back to school.  I know that some of you have been back already for a few weeks, but here in New York we start Sept. 1st.  This summer has gone by way to fast for me... but reality is.. it's over and school starts next week.  

SO in honor of Back to School the Primary Pack is throwing a BIG BASH!  We are giving away a CAMEO!  

This BLOG Hop is going to be fun.. and It's EASY!  

To enter our BIG giveaway, you need to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK first!  As you "hop" through each of our blogs, you will collect a letter from each of us… 28 total. Those letters spell out a secret code that you need to enter our BIG giveaway! You will use the secret code to enter the rafflecopter on The Primary Pack at the end of the hop.
 You need to collect the letters from us IN ORDER, so please make sure that you start from the beginning of our hop. Click on the button below to head over to THE PRIMARY PACK and start our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!!

Join us and Hop along with our other Primary Pack friends and you will get: 
3 Tips for Back to School 
2 Giveaways  
1 FREEBIE for Back to School 
Not only be able to get freebies and other fun prizes along the way - but you will also have a chance to WIN your very own CAMEO.  Be sure to COLLECT the letter at the bottom or every blog post and you will spell out the MYSTERY word that you will need to enter to win the big prize.
Our hop is a 3…2…1… BACK TO SCHOOL BASH because each member of The Primary Pack will be giving you 3 teacher tips, 2 giveaways (one on each of our blogs and one BIG one on the Primary Pack), and 1 freebie!

Be prepared for the first week by decorating your classroom and setting up desks before the first day. 
You should make name tags, locker tags, and your classroom library set up. Be sure to laminate your tags and book bin labels so they last longer.   I love to use bright colors and often decorate my classroom with a theme.  If you don't have a theme, then try to use color as your theme.  Last year I decorate my classroom with black and neon colors.  Here is just a sneak peek.  


Welcome your students by giving them a small treat or gift on the first day.  I love to see my student's face light  up when they walk in and find their "treat" on their desk.  It makes them feel WELCOME and excited to start a new year in my classroom. If you give them a snack, then it also takes care of making sure no one's tummy is grumbling on the first day.  

I also like to give WELCOME Back Gifts to the office secretaries, principal and my teammates or support staff.  
It's the perfect way to start the year off on a positive note and let them know that you are appreciative of the role they play in your school or classroom.  

FIRST WEEK Plans.. Well after 21 years of teaching  I have found that I always over plan for that first WEEK back to school. 
SO my TIP is to be prepared and plan enough but do not over plan. 
Teaching routines and procedures that first week will take longer than you think.  I also suggest taking the time to play an easy game EVERY day that first week  to help students get to know each other.  You will learn a lot just by watching the students interact during the game.  

My two favorite games to play that first week are:

Guess a Fib 
Students need to tell the class 3 things about themselves.  TWO things are true and the other clue is a FIB.  The class has to guess which one was the FIB.  You play this game until all students have a turn.   

Friend Finder 

So now the FUN part.. Write down this LETTER and be sure to SAVE it so you can ENTER the Mystery Word at the end of the HOP.  We hope you get some GREAT TIPS for Back to School along the way!  Wishing you a wonderful school year!!!  

Click on the letter O or on Mrs. Thomas's blog button to go directly to the next blog in this fun back to school mystery letter hop!
Click on the link below.

mrsthomaskinder back-to-school-blog-hop.

How to Handle Back to School Stress

Head on over to the Primary Pack BLOG today to learn how you can handle that Back to School stress we are all starting to feel.  

While you are here GRAB these fun Back to School FREEBIES from Kennedy's Korner!  

Thanks for stopping by!

We hope you have a GREAT school year!


We having a GIVEAWAY contest on Facebook
You can choose ANY item from our store
While you are there ~ shop around because TPT is having a HUGE Sitewide SALE!  
You can save 28% off anything in our store! 

The best way to give back to all of our Facebook friends and followers is to have a GIVEAWAY!  
We just love Giveaways and FREEBIES ~ so stick with us and you will be happy to see what we have in store for you this school year. 
We really want to make all of your BACK to SCHOOL stress
just float away.  This giveaway is quick and easy.. YOU MUST go to our FACEBOOK page LIKE the post, tell us which item from our store you would like to WIN and comment with your address.  

That's is IT... Of course we would love it if you would LIKE our page while you are there.  That way you will be able to see all of our new products posted (as soon as we finish them) and get notified of upcoming FREEBIES and giveaways too!  

Don't forget the SALE!  
Be sure to USE the CODE: BTS15 at checkout! 

We have some great BACK to School ITEMS you might LOVE. 

Thank you for stopping by! 

It’s that time of year again!   Time to start shifting our thoughts from the beach to the books…the surf board to the smart board…pool days to pencils .. time to think Back to School!  And while I still have the entire month of August to look forward to, I realize that these precious days will fly by!  I am enjoying every moment of relaxation but thoughts of school are definitely swirling around in my mind.  The TpT Back to School Sale is the perfect way to get your head back in the game.  

To help get your ready for Back to School, Kennedy's Korner is teaming up with our TPT friends in this HUGE link up!  So many teachers have joined together to highlight their BEST selling product and one product that you will need to help you get ready for BACK to School.  SO be sure to go check out all of the link ups below.  You might just find some fabulous FREEBIES along the way.  

To help you get started on the right foot this year, be sure to grab our Maps and Globes unit.  
This unit is great for Grades 2- 4 and will help your students understand just where they are 
in the world.  ALSO check out the informative Power Point honoring Martin Luther King Jr. that is our BEST Seller on TPT.  

Teaching our students about Maps and Globes is vital to their growth and understanding of the world they live in.  Included in this unit is a colorful 44 slide Power Point, quizzes, quick checks and worksheets that complement the Power Point.  

                                                           Maps and Globes 

Our BEST seller is the updated Martin Luther King Jr. unit that includes a colorful Power Point and ELA activities.   This Power Point takes you through the life of Martin Luther King Jr. from his early years to the tragic end of his life.   As educators,  we teach our students  to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., and this unit allows you to do that while incorporating so many common core skills integrated throughout.  

                                                     Martin Luther King Jr. Power Point 

Be sure to start shopping and FILL up your CART... the Back to School SALE starts tomorrow!  Don't forget to use the CODE BTS15 at checkout.  

We wish you all the BEST for Back to School this year.  Thank you for visiting Kennedy's Korner.  

 Here are a few Back to School FREEBIES for you!