I cannot believe how ready I was for Open House. I have never been so ready and it was almost scary how smooth it went! I had all of their packets of back to school forms and information in sheet protectors with their name on a sticker on the outside. I am so rediculous, that I put a sticker on all of the forms that need to come back to school, and put them at the front.
Next, I set up stations with signs to show all the things that needed to be done during Open House.
I wanted to have the students occupied so that I could secretly ask the parents to write a sweet note to their child for me to leave on their desk for the first day of school. :)
Here were my stations:
1. Name plate: I have used white 2 x 7 in paper strips for students to make their names on their desk for the last few years. Tonight I had the students decorate their name plate so that I could laminate them and have them ready for the desks for the first day.
2. When I grow up...: I made my bulletin board with quotes and pictures from Walt Disney. Then I cut out fish shaped peices of scrapbook paper. Each student wrote "When I grow up, I want to be a _____" (and filled in the blank of course with what they wanted) They turned out pretty cute, but I will have to have some redo it because they wrote only the word of what they wanted to be. Some interesting choices though. They ranged from Cop, to Marine Biologist, to BMXer. There was one teacher, and my neice (2nd grade) said she wants to work at PetCo.
While the students were working on those things, I had the parents set up with all of their forms. I pulled out the 3 they needed fill out for open house, and showed them the folders to turn them in to. Then I explained the cards. I am really excited about the cards for them on the first day. I am going to have them do that seeral times throughout the year I think.
Then I had the students find their writing composition notebook. This is their first assignment. they are supposed to decorate the cover with anything they want that is flat. Usuallty I do this the first week of school, but our open house was so early I thought it would be nice for them to have it done before school started. I put their names on them with return address stickers.
My wish list was made up of scrapbook paper fish cutouts, and I called them our Wish Fish! We also had sign ups to be room parents and help file papers for our Monday Folders. I had 22 out off 23 families show up. It was great! Tomorrow I will call the last one to see if they are still coming and let them know to come by and do the things we did tonight so that they don't feel left out on Monday. :)
Also, tomorrow we pick up our laptops! Our district has laptops for all teachers this year! Yay!