Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sharing My Secret Beginning of the Year Tip With All of You {and a FREEBIE to get started right away!}

This seems like a no brainer, but, if that's the case, why didn't I think of it years ago? (And, yes, I know that probably many of you already do this, but I wanted to share the idea with many others who haven't thought of it yet!). I did this last year and it was such a time saver for me.  I used to get so sick of writing the kiddos' names over and over and over and now I don't have to:

 I went to get you the link to easily grab the labels at Amazon and they were on sale for a really great deal!  Get them now and put your labelling worries to rest!

You will be so happy at the end of the year that you had some of those name labels left over for end of year things!  I know I was last year.  Also, one tip I like to give is to make some blank ones for incoming students if you don't have immediate access to your file.  Click the picture below to grab the freebie to help you get started.  It looks a little wonky in google docs, but once you download it to MS Word, it comes out just fine!  You can just change the name to your students (I use copy and paste--anything to save a minute!) and print!  Enjoy!


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  1. I do this and it is very helpful. We almost always get our class lists at the very last minute and I am still not in love with the numbering system that many people use... so labels it is! I usually use 1" x 2 5/8" to get 30 to a sheet. Then I can get a whole class on one page, too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love name labels! They are perfect for when I have a sub-- instant name tag! :)
    Mrs. Jones’s Kindergarten

  3. Would this work for their papers at the beginning of the year when they aren't sure how to write their name (smaller labels of course)? I'm always stuck writing their name with a highlighter and then they trace it. Or any other time saving tips for that?

  4. Great ideas, help and blog! Thanks for caring and sharing with everyone.
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  5. I do the same thing! I literally stick them on everything so I run off like 15 copies of my class list so I can label away!

    Sprinkled in Second

  6. Just like Amy mentioned above, I use the mailing address labels. So much easier than writing their first and last names all the time...especially with 30 kids!

  7. I'm a big fan of labels too and love to have a bunch of different ones to choose from- little ones inside the textbooks and bigger ones for journals, bus tags, etc. Now mine can be cute with your cute labels- thanks for sharing!

  8. Very useful for the first days, my students are three years and they like to have their names prepared when they arrive at school.

  9. I love using name labels. It saves ro much time! I also have my first graders keep their own sheet of name labels in their desk folder for quick, easy, no-prep access. At first I was worried they would waste the labels, but after a discussion about responsibility and the consequences of misuse they do fine.

  10. Love it! Never thought of it! Love it!

  11. I use the labels, and, to save even more time, I set up a mail merge list every year with all my students first and last names, student numbers, birthdays, and table numbers. Then anytime I have to create a document that needs their names or whatever, I just make it a mail merge document and never have to type a name. Easy, peasy...

  12. I love this idea, but I use a dotted font. My students have to trace their name with a fine tip marking pen before sticking the label to their work. :)

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