Back To School Ideas

It's hard to believe it is already Back To School time! Where did the summer go? Now it is time to gear up for an incredible year ahead! I've got you covered with some of my favorite beginning of the year resources.


1. INSTACLASS: Be the coolest teacher on campus with this Back To School bulletin board. Bridging the gap between school and social media will make you a hit with your students and their families. Each student will create their own Instagram page with a personalized picture, comment, and hashtag. This is a great student center bulletin board that you can leave up all year! I can't wait to get into my classroom and start gathering pictures from my students so I can get this board up right away!

personalized classroom bulletin board

2. BACK TO SCHOOL BASICS FORMS: I like to have all my students' information at my fingertips. I never know when I am going to have to contact a parent, look up how a child gets home, discover food allergies, and more! I love using these forms to keep the lines of communication open with my families. 

parent communication forms

3. STUDENT PASSWORD CARDS: How many times have you gone to the computer lab, only to have a couple little darlings tell you their password doesn't work. Hello??? User error!!! Nobody has time for that. I created individual student password cards to solve this EXACT problem. Just write the student's name, user name, and password on the card. Then, laminate them and hole punch so you can put them on a ring. Each time I go to the computer lab, I grab the appropriate password ring and off we go. Ta Dah! Problem solved! You can grab this FREEBIE by clicking HERE.

free student password cards for students

4. BIRTHDAY BLOOMS: I love to celebrate birthdays in school, but with 24+ little kiddos, it can get very expensive. At the beginning of each school year, I create our class Birthday Blooms. I attach the "flower" to a special birthday pencil and create this display. When it is a child's birthday, they get to pick out their pencil, get a birthday sticker, and a homework pass. It's very low cost. Each child feels super special and it makes an adorable display. You can grab this FREEBIE by clicking on the picture below.

birthday flower pencils for students


  1. I couldn't access your birthday link. Can you please help?

    1. Click on the picture or the words "Birthday Blooms" and it will take you to my TpT store where you can download the file. Enjoy!

  2. Thank you for sharing! These are cute!

  3. Birthday Blooms are such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Over the 1st Grade Rainbow

  4. Thanks for sharing! I love the Instagram bulletin board!

  5. Love the Birthday Blooms and the Instaclass idea is delightful!
    Christine Maxwell Hand to Heart