Friday, June 17, 2011

Getting Them Home

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One of the most nerve wracking parts of the first day of school is when the bell rings and it's time to go home. It always seems just a little more chaotic in that moment. My worst fear is letting Johnny get on the bus when he is supposed to walk home, or letting Jill walk home when Mom is picking her up. I start sweating just thinking about it:) I just want to make sure all 25 get home safe and sound. I have found the best way to remember, and help them remember how they are getting home is to put a little label on the front of their shirt. So, I created these cute labels to help remind me how they are getting home. If there is any added information I need like a bus number, who they are carpooling with, or if they are supposed to wait for an older sibling, I just jot it down with a bright Sharpie on the label before I stick it on their shirt. You can print these out on Avery Labels (5163).

Click here to download the "I ride a bike" label.

Click here to download the "I ride on a bus" label.

Click here to download the "I ride in a car" label.

Click here to download the "I walk" label.

I have also included a fun way to make sure parents and students are clear with each other on the mode of transportation home. I have them fill out this graph at our Open House the night before school starts. I just put it under my document camera and project it onto the whiteboard. The kids love writing their names on my whiteboard:) We can use the graph the next day for some morning math as well as a reminder. If you don't have a document camera you can just stick it on a clipboard for them to fill out.

Click here for "How do you go home from school" graph

Watch for more fun management ideas "hopping" your way!


  1. Fredia,

    Welcome to the world of blogging...Isn't it fun! I am new too and I am having a blast. I tried to look at your labels but google docs wouldn't let me see it. It said that I didn't have permission. Just thought I would let you know because I too was having google docs problems.


  2. I just found your blog. I would love to see your labels but they are not linked up for some reason. Google docs can be so frustrating!

    Mel D
    Oh the Places We’ll Go

  3. OMG, I have been sweating the same thing all summer and was going to make something very similar - you have just saved me a bunch of time.
    Thank you so much!!

    Mrs. Egley

  4. Thanks for the labels! Great idea! We're required to pin a name tag with bus information onto their backpacks, but half of them fall off by the second day. I think this year, I'll stick a label on their shirts, too - just in case! I'm always a nervous wreck that first week.

  5. Your blog is fantastic! I'd love to get the "getting them home" labels but they won't work - any advice for me? Thanks!

  6. Thank you for sharing these! I am going to have them with the kid's names for the SUB.. because that is the most difficult part! Getting them on the right bus or at the right place. This is perfect. Thank you!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing these labels. They will definitely help us out- since we have 10 ~ ~ Yes 10 kindergarten classes at our school! Is there any chance you could make a set of labels that say something like "I ride Daycare Van __________" where we can just jot in the name of their daycare? I would appreciate it. My email is Thanks, Pam

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