When I saw a Groupon for $70 of VistaPrint products for 17 bucks, I immediately started building items that I've been wanting for my classroom! I didn't go too crazy, but here are the items I ordered.
My first purchase idea comes from Shae @ Kindergarten Cupcake Crumbs. On orientation night, she had cute litte gifts for her parents.
You can download these tags for free from Shae's TpT store. I'm not completely positive that I'll do this, but I am very tempted. I imagine that lot of 6th grade parents will attend open house since it's their child's first year in middle school. So, I went ahead and made a similar tag using business cards from VistaPrint. I think it would be a great last stop during my open house stations I hope to do. For an idea of what I mean, check out this post by Kim & Megan @ KinderGals. Of course, I'll be making open house stations appropriate for a 6th grade class.
I hate to admit it, but if a parent doesn't have email, I'm horrible at communicating. After reading a parent communication post by Tina @ Drawing on Math, I was encouraged to make these simple postcards and I hope to send notes of kudos and concerns home to parents.
I always have trouble with allowing students to use the restroom during class. I imagine that 6th graders will need to go more than my 8th graders who I rarely let leave the classroom. I saw a teacher who used a punch card to allow students three bathroom passes per grading period. Thanks to Mrs. Hester's Classroom, I'll be using free VistaPrint business cards for my restroom passes. Each edge of the business card will be for a different quarter i.e. left side will be hole punched during quarter one, the bottom during quarter two, etc.
This Facebook Like stamp is courtesy of Sarah @ Everybody is a Genius. You can head over to her blog to get the picture I used to upload and make this small self-inking stamp.
I also ordered a small self-inking stamp that says "Checked for completion only," which was free!
I really want to send home a brochure to all of my students' homes before school begins, but all the information provided is on my classroom website. I really want to promote the classroom website this year. I've decided that instead of getting brochures printed, I am doing magnetic business cards. I figure they have more chance of not being lost if they're magnetic and parents/students will have my contact information and website at stuck something metal (hopefully the refrigerator or a file cabinet). I'll include these in a welcome letter that I hope to send home before school starts.
I'm super excited about these items and can't wait for them to be delivered!
What items have you purchased from VistaPrint for use in your classroom?