Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kindergarten Orientation AND Homework?!?

Last night, I met my new little group of "love muffins"!  They're so cute with their new backpacks and sportin' new kicks (aka tennis shoes).  They're smiling, eager, and don't understand why the don't get to stay...I L.O.V.E. it!  AND as much as I loved meeting them, and seeing them so excited to be at school, and with all of their new "stuff" I still sent them home with a homework assignment!!! 

Now before you get too excited, and think that I'm this SUPER tough teacher, finish reading the post.

I received a homework assignment (for my new kindergarteners) from a teacher across the hall, and fellow blogger, Jackie, from "Here We Go Loopty Loo".  She had gotten the idea (and possibly the original letter) from presenter, Donna Whyte, at the Missouri Conference for Kindergarten Teachers (I attended the conference also, but must have missed this session).  Anywho, I tweaked the letter (just a bit) to add some of my "voice" to it (I feel so 6 Trait-y when I talk like that).  So, this idea and letter is by no means my own, original work...and I'm hoping this is not considered plagiarism.  If it is, I'll remove this post immediately...please let me know!
1. I do not mean it to be.
2. I'm giving credit to those that the original idea/letter came from and linking to the sources.
 (That's kind of like documenting, right?)
3. I've actually stated that "this is by no means my own, original work".
4. I think this idea is just SOOOO good that I want to share it with all of my blogging buddies!!!
(Gosh, after all of this, I hope you all like it too!)

So without further ado...
I'm so excited about this!  I really think it is going to help with that first day of "Read to Self"(for all of those Daily 5'ers out there).  The kids seemed SUPER excited about having homework (we all know that won't last too long).  I'm also posting a picture of my "book bag".  This will be the first year I've used the envelopes, so I'll let you know how it goes.  In the past, I've used gallon sized zipper seal bags and just exchanged them out as needed.

**Disclaimer: My pics are not of the best quality (taken with my phone) and they're sideways.**

The envelopes are plastic and have a clear plastic pocket on the front. On the back side there is a pocket that has a "button and loop" closure (well, that's how I'm describing it).

I hope you all have a SUPER weekend (yes, I realize it's only Wednesday)!  I'm going to enjoy a 4-day weekend with my guys...we're going camping!  I'll be back at it on Monday and Wednesday is our First Day of School!  Happy Blogging!!!


  1. Uh oh :( for some reason you link didn't work. Have fun camping this weekend with your family and good luck on the first day of school!
    Rambling About Reading

  2. I couldn't get the link to work either......but I would so love to see it! I was going to send homework home too, but it is just an About Me bag and the kids bring things to tell about themselves..............

  3. Thanks! It works now so cute! :)

  4. You make me laugh! When I read your posts... I hear your voice...!!! It's like I'm talking to you!

  5. I clicked on the box in the center and the page opened in Google Docs even though I couldn't see the image on your blog page.

  6. SUPER CUTE!! I just found your blog!! Super CUTE! Cant wait to keep reading!! Thanks for sharing such a GREAT idea!!

    Sarah Hetrick

  7. Hey Randee...NO plagiarism, just the idea was letter so we are good to go! :0)
    Here We Go Loopty Loo

  8. Randee, you are gonna LOVE the poly envelopes! I have used them for five years, and I still have some to give out (if a new one gets lost)from the first year! They last and last!!! Love your blog! Super cute!