Saturday, September 8, 2012

Open House

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Hi all!  I've been MIA for quite some time must be back to school time!  It was a bit of a challenging back to school this year, for a variety of reasons.  But my class was wonderful yesterday so I think we are going to have a great year!

Thursday night was Open House, so I wanted to share some  a lot of  pictures!  I borrowed a LOT of these ideas from fellow bloggers and Pinterest.  I will share where I got my inspiration from, although it might not be the original source.

Welcome to Open House!

This is the entrance to my room on Open House night.

The banner came from The School Supply Addict for free!  My resource teacher told me I should keep it up all year, what do you think?

This was out in the hallway:

The students created flowers were all of their favorite things in them.  I created the poster with Tagxedo.  Our school mascot is the SuperStar and it has all the kids names in it!

We created a Who Am I board:

I got this bulletin board idea from Surfing Through Second.

Surfin' Through Second

The students wrote a few clues about themselves and then drew a picture:

Underneath the flap, I pasted a picture of the student holding their name:

{another teacher told me the pictures looked like mug shots - oops!}
The kids had the best time making their parents guess which one was theirs.

Check out my information table!

My magnets with contact information from VistaPrint were a big hit!

Open House is always kind of rushed and parents are coming and going all night, so I don't really have an opportunity to make a presentation so I put all my information into a brochure for parents to take:

The apples in the top left of the table came from:

                                                                        Source: via Sara on Pinterest

Here is my version:

The bookmarks idea came from:

                                                              Source: via Nancy on Pinterest

Here are mine:
Clipart by Scrappin Doodles

I had the students write letters to their parents to leave on their desks:

This came from The Teacher Wife and it was also free!  I was so glad that I had it, because my students desperately needed the prompts this year.  My original idea was just to write a letter from scratch but that wasn't going to happen!

I thought about leaving a paper for parents to write back to their child, but most students come with their parents so I decided it wasn't worth it.

Here are some classroom pictures that aren't related to Open House, but I wanted to share!

I made some new bathroom passes and the kids love them!
Clipart by Scrappin Doodles

Here is the original pin:

                                                                 Source: via Sara on Pinterest

I also created a classroom timeline to put on our {very plain} closet doors:
Clipart by Scrappin Doodles

My goal is take at least a few pictures each month and hang them up on our wall.  I got this cool idea from Bright Concepts 4 Teachers.

And, lastly, the sweet chair one of my friends made for me!

She bought the chair from a consignment shop and painted it for me!  I put it right next to the table she made for me last year.  My kids {and principal} love it!  One kid told me it looked like Play-Dough.  Um, okay!

I've created an Open House packet for your classroom!  Open House is a Hoot is my owl-themed packet!  Click on the pictures to check it out!


  1. I love the timeline in pictures!

  2. LOVE the pictures of the kids and your hand sanitizer! I also give parents the opportunity to make donations and it is a huge hit!

  3. I enjoyed your pictures of your room! Loved that idea of Who Am I!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. WOW! I bet your student families were impressed! WONDERFUL JOB!
    Smiles and stop by anytime!

  5. I love your classroom! I think the banner should be there all year. Really like the apples for donated supplies. And isn't tagxedo awesome. We used it for our classroom rules.

    Apples and Papers

  6. Wow- what incredible ideas for open house!! Thanks for sharing :) I do a "Who Am I?" activity for open house, too, and the kids and parents just eat it up.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  7. What a wonderful Open House you created!! I love your welcome sign and the bookmarks, especially :)

  8. I love the brochure idea. Do you mind sharing what types of info you included?

  9. I love all your ideas! I will definitely be trying some out!

    If you don't mind sharing, what type of info did you put in the brochure? I really like the idea of having it all together.

  10. I also really like the brochure. I'm interested in the type of information you put inside.

  11. I found your wish list idea on Pinterest. I liked it so much, I borrowed it! Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Miller’s Monkey Business

  12. I love your blog! VERY cute ideas. Is there any way you could share your "Who Am I?" writing worksheet?


  13. I LOVE the bookmarks for parents! Any chance you'd share them??? Thanks!

  14. After seeing the innovative as well as inventive ideas which are mainly done by the kids only thoughts coming up from mind that what lovely impression made to show the talent. In addition each process has been showing the potential planner for the futuristic approaches which are the beneficial turning point for the kids. We can the best college paper writing service From online.


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