Thursday, July 26, 2012


Last week we hosted a party in honor of my son’s 7th birthday.
He picked an “art theme.” Be still my heart.
We passed out gift bag invitations that included a few things they would need for the party.  The nametags were created using paint samples. I just folded them in half and stapled on each child’s name.
This got me thinking.
Folded paint samples would make super easy and yet colorful, kid-friendly nametags for the first day of school.  

I love that they create a “tent” so you could put the name on both sides so it would be seen from either direction.
As a general rule I am not a fan of having anything on the desks that invite distraction so I wouldn’t use these all the time, but for those first few days they are perfect.
Here’s why.
I like to sit my students near a known friend on the first day. It really helps them to feel more comfortable when anxiety may be high.  
I know better than to sit them together permanently. We always start school on a Wednesday. So on each of those mornings (Wed, Thurs, Fri), I play around with some seating arrangements. I try kids out next to each other and tweak the arrangement as I get to know them. By Monday I have selected their permanent seats and we hit the ground running. 
These tags will be great for that purpose and after Monday I will put them in with my emergency sub plans...because it is important to do everything you can to make a sub’s day run smoothly.
Are you looking for cute deskplates that are more permanent? I have them available in each of my classroom theme kits to match your theme as well as all of my color scheme packs and my quickly-growing-in-popularity, versatile, money-saving, ink-saving Blackline Design Classroom Decor Bundle. I have been adding so many of the components from this packet into my own classroom. I really like how the black anchors all of the bright colors in my room this year.

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