Back to School Chalkboard Inspirations

back to school chalkboard inspirations

Chalkboards are notorious for being tools of discipline.

Whether you had to write the same sentence 6,000 times or stand in the schoolyard clapping chalkboard erasers, these popular tools of education have gotten a bit of a bad rep.

For me, during Circle Time in second grade I could not resist the girl that sat behind me who wanted to play with my hair.

**This is still a weakness of mine.  In fact, when I was teaching my own 2nd graders, if my students wanted Free Time all they had to do was send a kid to start playing with my hair and BOOM.  Lesson plans out the window.**

Well, on that fateful day when I was 7, the teacher caught us and made us write our names on the chalkboard as a punishment.

I’ll never forget that long, shame-filled walk to the chalkboard.

Thankfully, I found a few bloggers who know how to rock the chalkboard and make it an absolutely essential (and positive) part of the Back to School season.

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Another great teacher gift idea with FREE Printable Chalkboard Tag from The Crafted Sparrow.

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Your Happy Buddy can stay on top of assignments and responsibilities with this amazing Dry Erase School Chore Chart FREE Printable from The 36th Avenue.

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If you are still counting down to the first day (I am a firm believer that school really should’t begin until after Labor Day) then celebrate with this adorable Chalkboard Countdown Chain FREE Printable from Leslie Nash Designs.

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Get ready to rock your Happy Buddy’s lunch box by painting the inside of the lid with chalkboard paint like Me and My Bucket.

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Throw a cute Back to School Breakfast with these FREE Printables from Tater Tots and Jello.

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Capture those First Day of School Photos with these Years of School Chalkboard Signs from That’s What Che Said.

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These Chalkboard S’mores from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons are so easy and sure to score some brownie points with your Happy Buddy’s teacher!

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Transform your plain sandwich boxes like Through the Eyes of the Mrs. with a small bit of chalkboard paint and write a new message on their container everyday!

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Find these sweet FREE Printable Chalkboard Love Notes from Bloom Designs.

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Finally, whip together a couple of these awesome and easy Chalkboard Placemats from Giggles Galore for a little mealtime excitement!

After this post I think my chalkboard wounds have been healed. :-)

Happy Back to School Chalkboard Inspirations-ing!

EASY Back to School Gift Idea – FREE Printable!

super cute and super easy (CHEAP) back to school gift idea for teachers, classmates, administration, etc.There are SO MANY adorable Back to School FREE Printables out there – EXHIBIT A.

But I had to add one of my own to the mix!!

Head on over to the Dollar Tree, my friends, and grab a bag of chocolate Riesen candies.back to school printable2

Then attach my FREE Printable tag and you are good to go.

back to school printableI may or may not have made 50+ of these babies for the first day of school and snuck them into everyone’s mailboxes in the teacher’s lounge. :-)

Get your FREE Printable Back to School Gift Tag HERE.

Happy Back to School Gift Idea-ing! :-)

Back to School Gift Ideas for the Teacher

20 EASY, Inexpensive and adorable teacher gift ideas for the first day of school! Lots of FREE Printables!!**We start school on Tuesday!  Eek!  Someone stop the clock, puh-lease!**

I would like to try to bring a little something to the Happy Buddy’s teachers on the first day, so I have been searching the Internet for inspiration.

As always, I try to look for budget-friendly, EASY options with some serious cute factor.

Plus, I am a teacher, so I only share the things that I would like to receive! :-)

Here are 20 Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas that really fit the bill. :-)

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A pack of EXTRA gum and this clever FREE Printable tag from Sweet Metel Moments.

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A Little Tipsy knows that teachers can always use a bundle of Sharpies.

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This Lightbulb Post-It Gift is only $1 plus the FREE Printable tag from Landee See, Landee Do.

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A small App Store Gift Card and cleverly adorable tag from Everything Etsy would be just the perfect gift.

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Lil’ Luna crafted up this cheerful Ball Mason Jar Gift and FREE Printable tag.

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Love this Tootsie Roll Gift plus FREE tag at The Taylor House.

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How awesome is this FREE Printable Back to School Checklist tag from Hairy Shoe Fairy?!

Chocolate is ESSENTIAL during the first week back!

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Speaking of chocolate, grab a bag of Flips Chocolate Covered Pretzels (nom nom nom) and slap on this FREE Printable tag from Simply This and That.

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Love this FREE Printable tag to attach to the traditional apple over at Positively Splendid.

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The Crafting Chicks featured this creative USB Charger Gift Idea with FREE Printable.

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Washi Tape and a FREE Printable tag jazzes up a recycled tin can over at SNAP.

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Play Create Grow bundled up some much-needed Dry Erase Markers with a cute tag about the new year.

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You can’t go wrong with a gift of a Notepad.

Check out this inexpensive, note-worthy idea from Three Little Monkeys Studio.

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What a happy little Gum Ball Jar and FREE Printable tag from The Diary of Dave’s Wife!

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Would you believe that Laura Winslow Photography found this cute bag in the Dollar Spot at Target?!  FREE Printable tag included on her blog!

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I liked the design on this Thirst Quenching Tag from Fresh Mommy Blog.

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I can’t think of a teacher (unless he’s a he!) that wouldn’t love getting a little something to spiff up her toe nails for the new year.

Reading Confetti shared this idea and a FREE Printable tag!

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A little gift of Soda might be just the caffeine fix your Happy Buddy’s teacher needs to get through the first week back!

The Diary of Dave’s Wife has the FREE Printable.

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Find out your teacher’s favorite treat and attach this FREE tag from The Crafting Chicks.

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Finally, M&Ms are the perfect gift in the Happy Buddy’s opinion.

Thanks to Katherine Marie for the sweet presentation and idea!

Hopefully I will be back with another cute Back to School Teacher Gift and FREE Printable for you later this week!

Happy Back to School Teacher Gift-ing! :-)

*Find even MORE great Back to School Gift Ideas HERE!*

Back to School Supply Scavenger Hunt – FREE Printable!

If you have even stepped two feet outside of your Happy Home, you know that the stores are overflowing with Back to School Supplies.

Does anyone else get a thrill out of a brand new box of crayons?? :-)

Last year I bought 75 boxes for 40 cents each at Wal-Mart.

I am not even kidding about that.

Here is a fun way to treat your Happy Buddies to their school supplies this year – give them a School Supply Scavenger Hunt!

It’s super easy.

Just purchase the basics – crayons, markers, pencils, notebooks, paper, scissors, glue, and a ruler.

Then use my FREE Printable Scavenger Hunt Cards to hide the supplies around your Happy Home!

Your Happy Buddies will just love racing from one rhyming clue to the next, filling their backpacks with the things that they will need for the new school year.

Here’s a peak at what your FREE Printable School Supply Scavenger Hunt Cards look like…

Click HERE for your FREE Printable School Supply Scavenger Hunt!

**GREAT IDEA ALERT!**

Want to use this School Supply Scavenger Hunt AND get your Happy Buddies thinking about others??

Simply put a double of each school supply at each of the Scavenger Hunt locations.

Then hand your Happy Buddy another backpack and tell him that he is going on a hunt not only for his own supplies, but for the supplies of a child less fortunate.

Finally, have your Happy Buddy donate the backpack to a local charity or organization that is having a Back to School Supply Drive – our church is donating backpacks and school supplies right now to 4 Kids of South Florida.

I think some Staples locations are hosting School Supply Drives as well.

AND…

If you like this FREE Printable from Happy Home Fairy, please ‘Like’ the Fairy on Facebook so that you can stay up-to-date on all the Happy Home magic!

Happy School Supply Scavenger Hunt-ing! :-)

Easy Back to School Teacher Appreciation Gift

Do you need a little last-minute something to give to your Happy Buddy’s teacher to let them know how you feel about the upcoming year?

Simply purchase a bottle of Iced Tea.

Then attach the FREE Printable tag (see bottom of post for download)!

I just used some double-sided tape.  Easy peasy!

Would you believe that we made 125 of these as favors for all of the Moms at our MOMs group kick-off last Friday? :-)

Get your FREE Printable tag HERE!

Happy Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift-ing! :-)

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FREE Printables for Back to School – First Day Lunch Box Love

Looking for something a little extra special to sneak in your Happy Buddy’s lunch box on the first day?

Here are 4 sweet ideas…

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Whip up a batch of homemade Monster Cookies (recipe provided) like these from Bunny Cakes and then wrap them with the FREE Printable Cookie Band.

What a delicious and happy little package.

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Jasey’s Crazy Daisy created these fun notes for you to slip in your child’s lunch – simply add a gummy worm.

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I love these FREE Printable First Day Sandwich Belly Wrappers from Little Lovely!

A super cute way to jazz up a plain ole’ pb&j.

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And, finally, a small package of Smarties attached to this FREE Printable tag from it is what it is is a sweet reminder to your Happy Buddy of how much you love them.

Whatever you choose, an extra surprise will help make your Happy Buddy’s first day a great one!

Happy First Day Printable-ing! :-)

FREE Printables for Back to School – 1st Day Photo Signs

If you missed it, I did a whole post about various ways you can capture your Happy Buddy’s first day of school in a photo last Back to School season.  You can see it HERE – it’s such a cute post.  Seriously.  Go check it out.

One of the photo ops featured was to have your back to schooler hold up a sign announcing the grade he or she is entering.

The idea is so popular that many great blogs have created a series of signs for you to print (for free!) and use year after year.

Here are 6 of my favorites…

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First Day of School Printables at How Does She?.

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Colorful Back to School Printables at i heart nap time.

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The Wheels on the Bus Grade Printables by Lauren McKinsey Designs.

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First Day Printables at All for the Boys.

Simple.  Clean.  Your boys will appreciate the lack of polkadots. :-)

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Free Printable Back to School Collection (not just first day signs – this incredible set has tags, banners,treat toppers, etc.  Did I mention it is FREE?!) from Amanda’s Parties to Go.

I love that a ruler was used as a handle for the sign!!!

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And, finally, Tip Junkie put a clever spin on the hold-a-sign-idea by making a collection of First Day Photo Props – like the adorable speech bubble you see above.

I don’t know about you, but my Happy Buddy has a strange passion for crumpling things up in a ball right now, so we skipped the sign this year (I had to say goodbye to an entire sticker set I loved – *sigh*). :-)

Hopefully you will have better luck!

Happy 1st Day of School Photo Sign-ing! :-)

FREE Printable Lunch Box Notes Round-Up

Get ready, people.

You are about to experience the MOTHER LOAD of FREE Printable Lunch Box Love Notes available around Blog World!

I’m pretty sure there’s enough material here to keep your Happy Buddy’s lunch box happy for an entire year!

Enjoy!

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Adorable notes from Fresh Picked Whimsy!

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Fresh Picked Whimsy also has a second set of printable notes that are sure to bring a smile to your Happy Buddy’s face.

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Um, does anyone else think that You are the sprinkles on my cupcake is the sweetest saying EVER?

Pick these precious notes up HERE.

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Y’all know I am all for a good pun.

These fruit-themed lunch notes from Alphamom are so clever!

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Moms By Heart have these Free Printable notes of encouragement.

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How Does She? always has the greatest ideas and printables.

And these Lunch Box Love Notes and Jokes are no exception!

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Rook No. 17 has some vintage-style Lunch Box Love Notes.

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Kristen Duke Photography made 3 pages of fun jokes to print and slip in your Happy Buddy’s lunch box!

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I think these notes from Fancy Pants Prints are just adorable!

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All for the Boys made these funny notes.

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These notes from Lunchboxes with Love make me happy.

That little frog is just darling!

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If your Happy Home is a big Disney fan likes ours, then I know your Happy Buddies will be thrilled to find their favorite characters hanging out alongside their PB&J’s!

Grab your own set (they offer gender-specific options) HERE.

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The Happy Buddy has been getting these joke notes from Kraft Foods in his lunch box this week!

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Does your Happy Buddy have allergies?

These FREE Printable notes and tags from Paper and Pigtails are awesome for alerting teachers and friends.

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We all know that love notes aren’t the only thing that go in lunch boxes.

A Little Delightful has a FREE Printable Lunch Planner to help plan the food part, too!

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And, finally, don’t forget that Happy Home Fairy has a fabulous set of Lunch Box Jokes Notes for your Happy Home!

Get them HERE!

Happy FREE Printable Lunch Box Note-ing! :-)

School is a Piece of Cake

Last year I posted about how I like to pack a lunch for my next door neighbor (who is a 1st grade teacher) for her first day of school.

I really enjoyed doing that because, as a former teacher myself, I know that at the beginning of the year you’re thinking about a trillion things – none of them including feeding yourself!

This year, though, the Happy Buddy and I haven’t been feeling very well, so I just couldn’t muster up the energy to put together a big whoop-de-la, so I came up with this instead…My neighbor really likes these jumbo cupcakes from Whole Foods so I picked one up and added a little message.

It certainly wasn’t spectacular, but I wanted to let her know that I was thinking about her!!

I thought you might enjoy the FREE Printable yourself if you want to take a cupcake to your Happy Buddy’s teacher on the first day. :-)Get your FREE Printable by clicking HERE.

Happy First Day Piece of Cake-ing! :-)

FREE Printables for Back to School

So far during Happy Home Fairy’s Back to School series we have seen a TON of amazing FREE Printables!

Would you believe that there are even MORE out there in Blog Land?

Here is a round-up of some of my faves.

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Oh, Beth Proudfoot, you never cease to amaze me!

Don’t y’all just LOVE this cute FREE Printable Snack Note for your Happy Buddy’s first day lunch box?!

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Um – is that not give-you-goosebumps-ADORABLE?!

One Charming Party has a FREE Printable Apple Note for you to put in your Happy Buddy’s lunch box with a Cereal Worm. :-)

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Anders Ruff created this adorable FREE Printable Backpack Tag to make sure your Happy Buddy’s backpack doesn’t get confused with someone else’s!

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Love these FREE Printable Book Labels from Catch My Party.

There are Lunch Bag Labels too!

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Sweet Coconut Lime made this lovely Back to School Subway Art to print and frame for our Happy Homes.

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Y’all must pop over to Anything But Perfect and pick up your FREE Printable September Calendar to help your Happy Home’s schedules stay on track.

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You will also love Anything But Perfect’s FREE Printable Notes for the Teacher.

What a helpful way to keep teacher communication organized and efficient!

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Speaking of communication with your Happy Buddy’s teacher…

I think this Get to Know Your Teacher FREE Printable from The Blackberry Vine is BRILLIANT!

It’s the perfect way to find out all of the important tidbits that will inspire gift-giving for the person who works so hard to educate and bless your Happy Buddy’s mind and heart!

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I am kind of a HUGE fan of this FREE Printable Reading Log from Simple as That.

I used to require my 2nd graders to keep a Reading Log each night – this would have been such an upgrade in the cuteness factor from the one I handed out. :-)

I think your Happy Buddy’s will especially love the FREE Printable Bookworm Snack Tags, too.

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Here is a sweet (literally!) FREE Candy Bar Wrapper from The Crafting Chicks for your Happy Buddy to give to his teacher on the first day.

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Oops, I Craft My Pants (I know – hilarious) made some FREE Printable “I hope your new school year goes smoothly” Tags to add to a bottle of lotion.

The Happy Buddy and I actually did something like this for his teacher on his first day of PreK-2 (yesterday!  Sob!). :-)

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Itsy Bitsy Paper created these awesome “You’re the WRITE teacher for me!” tags to put on a package of pencils.

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Did anyone else get a big ole’ grin looking at this clever-ness from eighteen25?

Your Happy Buddy’s teacher is sure to get a kick out of this Calculator First Day Gift!

And don’t forget about The Fairy’s FREE Printables!

Lunch Box Love Notes

School Supply Scavenger Hunt

Back to School Countdown

Back to School Fairy Place Mat/Certificate

Happy Back to School FREE Printable-ing! :-)

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