Lorie’s List of Best Back To School Ideas

Back To School IdeasIt’s back to school time!  As August turns into September, teachers, parents and students all start preparing for the big day – the first day of school.  Whether you are like me and absolutely love the beginning of the school year with its fresh start, new clean notebooks, backpacks & school bags with no crumbs, shiny new school shoes, perfectly shaped erasers, (I could go on and on…did I mention freshly sharpened pencils?) or are like some other members of my family who shall remain nameless and wouldn’t mind a few more weeks of summer vacation (and sleeping in), back to school we go!

So with that in mind, I’ve put together a list of resources for moms, dads, teachers and just about everyone as we head back to school.  I’ve included back to school bulletin boards (really cute ideas), first day of school activities (getting to know you and more fun)  back to school crafts, back to school door and wall decorations (aren’t these teachers creative?), back to school night ideas, back to school lunch ideas (boy, do I need these!), ideas for special needs kids as they head back to school and more!

Let me know what you think!  And keep checking back because I have plans to expand the list.

Back to school Door/Wall Decorations:

Gorgeous back to school wall decorations including a really cute frog one – educacioilestic.Back to School Door Decoration

Classroom Doors and more from Debbie at RainbowsWithinReach

Lots of Classroom door decorations from Heather at Kickin it with class.

Look who’s popped in! The Coffee Crafter Teacher.

Back to School Crayon display from TippyToeCrafts

The VirtualVine has some great ideas.

“When you enter this classroom…” – great door by Lessons with Laughter

Your Grade is going to be super! Teaching with a Mountain View


Back to School Bulletin Boards

Great version of a “be” bulletin board! Check out Mrs. Denson’s version.

Beating The Bulletin Board Blues! by Around the KampfireBack To school Bulletin Board

Welcome Back Bulletin Board – better late than never! by Mrs.Ward’s Teaching Journal

Bulletin Board Ideas – Starting the year sweet! by One Stitch Two Stitch

Owl Bulletin Board and Scallop Bunting Tutorial by Miss Lovie

Easy But Cute Back to School Bulletin Board by Teachers Blogspot

4 Great Back to School Boards from Hygloss

Falling Back to School with 1-2-3 Learn Curriculum

Back To School Crafts

Back to School Bulletin Board for the new year30 FUN Back to School Crafts by Layla Mom

Fall Craft Ideas for Preschool by No Time for Flashcards

My first day of school craft by Miss Kindergarten

Back to school craft- Create a puzzle by mpmideas

How to be a friend by Gift of Curiosity

Paper plate fish by MADE

Back to school process art for kids by Still Playing School

Have you met Ted? by Room 1109Back to School Bulletin Board

First Day of School Puzzle Mural by Kayla at MPMIdeas.COM

Fun Paper Crafts for the Classroom made easy by Hygloss

Practical and Fun Craft to help remember your phone number by Hygloss

Getting to Know You Games with Hygloss Back to School Activities

First Day of School Activities and Tips:

35 Must-Try Back-to-School Ideas by Positively Splendid

Back to School Candy Pencils by HOOSIERHOMEMADE

Top 10 Back to School Books by The Picture Book Teacher’s’ Edition

Smooth Sailing Back to School Tips. Preparing for the New School Year by Teaching with a Mountain View

Back To School Read Alouds by Learning Lab Resources

Icebreakers that Rock. by cult of pedagogy

Tips for a great first day of school. by runde’s room

First day of school-teacher survival kits. by experienced teachers

First day of school-teacher survival kits. by experienced teachers

First Day Of School Activities For Big Kids. by teaching with a mountain view

Top Tips for the First Days of School (Grades 1-5). by scholastic

First day of school activities. by penny pinching teacher

Great to do during the first week of school! on flickr

Setting the tone in the first ten minutes on the first day of school. by who’s who and who’s new

30 Classroom Procedures to Head Off Behavior Problems. by scholastic


Back to School Teacher Organization

Get great advice from experienced teachers for back to school with Organizedteaching.com

Tips to Organize your classroom by TeachHub.Com

Resources and tips for a successful new school year by National Educational Association

Innovative back to school products from Hygloss Watch the Video!


Preparing for back to school

13 Tips to get organized for back to school – SC Johnson

Get Organized for Back-to-School Season with care.com

Simplify 101 has some useful tips

Helping Mom prepare for back to school from a health and well being perspective – Web MD

Mom’s experience and advice on how to prepare your Kids for Back to School – Redbook

Aha! Parenting prepares your child for the new school year.

9 Steps to a Smart Start with Great! Kids


Back to School Night Ideas

Reading Rockets shares bright ideas for back to school night.

Outsmart the chaos with Go Mom – get organized, know what to expect and what to bring on Back to School Night.

Sage Advice on how to come prepared for back to school night from Great!Kids

A checklist for Back to School Night over at edutopia


Back to school lunch ideas:

50 back to school lunch ideas from food.com

Lunchbox recipes from Cooking Light

25 Quick & Easy School Lunches to Pack for Your Kids from bon appetit

Gogurt has some great ideas.

Real Simple has 21 back to school lunches kids will love

15 kid friendly back to school recipes from health.com


Back to School for Special Needs Kids

Great tips on how to transition back to school from mom.me.

Reading Rockets gives tips and ideas of how to ease the transition back to school for your Special Needs Child .

AbilityPath.org gives tips for the child with special needs and how to help him transition back to school.

Tips to help your Special Needs Child transition to Middle School from Friendship Circle


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