Saturday, July 7, 2012

Homework Folders that Help!

When we first began creating homework folders 15 years ago, we just thought we were putting a cute lil’ folder together to keep their crap all in one place pump our students up about their nightly studies. Little did we know, they would turn into a wonderful, motivating resource not only for our little friends, but also for their families too.

We pulled these out to prep the other day and decided Nooooo, not gonna cut it. First, it didn't have any of our new Just So Scrappy 2 clipart we purchased. Also, we are on a roll with this ocean, blue, green, white theme, so it had to match...And, it all sorta snowballed from there.

Here's our first 3 with many more to come...
We're kinda addicted in love!

Here's the one we made for our own class. 
Goes with this year's theme.
There's just something about school supplies and red and blue. 
Just makes us feel smart. 
The rebels in us needed to rock this one out. 
We have learned that many families are very willing to help their children with their homework, but are often uncertain as to how to help. 

Our Homework Helpers give students and parents a handy folder to guide them through their first years of homework. By providing parents and students with resources at their fingertips that cover many of the foundational Common Core Standards, we can provide families with multiple learning opportunities and reinforcement activities at home. Amazing what a little folder can do! 

We teach our students and families how to utilize the folder. We discuss it at our parent nights, during parent conferences, and use it in class to teach the students how to best use this first “reference “tool. 

The printables are intended to be adhered to a 2-pocket folder (not included). We often find these (in lots of colors) at office stores on super sale before school begins in August.  We print, glue and laminate the folders over the summer, before school begins.

The first 3 are in our TpT store now. Head on over and take a look. :)

We've still got loads of clipart...got any ideas for a theme? Leave us some bloggy love and we'll see what we can do...

27 comments:

  1. So cute! I love your homework folders. How about a camping theme?

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  2. I love these! But I would also LOVE a camping theme!!

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    1. We love the camping theme. It's done and in our shop now. :)

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  3. Those are adorable!! Would you be able to do one in a pirate theme? :)
    Thanks!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  4. And all I do is put a cute label and name on the front and our sight word lists on the back. I need to step things up! These are awesome. :D
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

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    1. Thanks Traci! They really give the kids a reference tool and allow us teachers and parents to connect with homework. If a parent is having a particular problem with their child (ie. number grid nightmare), then we teach the parents how to use the folder to better help their kids. We also have it in class to refer to often. The kids also feel super cool with their folder...and that's really what is important to them. :)

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  5. Hi Ladies!
    I'm a VERY new first grade blogger and I'm inspired by your blog! I love your ideas and I'm your latest follower. If you have a moment, I'd love any feedback you could give me on my blog. Thanks!
    Corinna :)
    www.TeachingFabulousFirsties.blogspot.com

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  6. These look great. Going to finalize my folders on Monday. It's amazing how we change these over the years. Thanks for sharing!!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  7. I love these folders!!! :) WOW, thanks for all your hard work!

    -Your newest follower (via Pinterest)
    Amanda

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  8. Oh, quick question! How did you laminate these... laminate the papers and then glue, or laminate the folder? If you laminate the whole folder, how do your students use it as a folder?

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    1. Hi Amanda!

      We do all the gluing first (assembly line style), then open up the folders and lay them flat as we send them through the laminator. Next, we cut them out (it's nice to leave a little border around the edge-it helps them last longer) and take an exacto knife and slice open the pocket. Wahlah-you got yourself a nice sturdy homework folder!
      ~C&T

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  9. I really like these! I was thinking of including some laminated reference sheets to include in their school-home binders :)

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

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  10. These are way better than what I use now! Do you have any monsters?

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  11. I've nominated you for an award! Stop by my blog to get it. :)

    Marissa
    WILD About First Grade!

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  12. I love these folders!!! I am going to check them out riiiiiight now!!!!


    Ashley
    Www.teacherstreasurechest.blogspot.com

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  13. love, LoVe, LOVE! How about an All-Star theme =)

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    1. Love that idea and it's on the list. Thanks so much Amber. :)

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  14. I LOVE the idea of homework folders!!! I do the same thing as Traci- slap a sticker on it that says "homework" and send it home... This is a MUCH better idea!!! Thought about creating them for 2nd grade...? ;-)

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  15. I love these folders!!! Could you do a Hollywood theme?

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  16. Great looking folders! they are not only suiting a huge purpose but they are fun and inviting! Definitely perfect for young children.

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  17. Dr. Seuss? I know that it runs into issues with the whole copyright thing, but with all that I have seen, I know there is clip art out there that is Dr. Seuss-esque, but I don't know where.

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  18. Dr. Seuss? I know that it runs into issues with the whole copyright thing, but with all that I have seen, I know there is clip art out there that is Dr. Seuss-esque, but I don't know where.

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