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New Student Welcome Packets – DIY and a FREE Download

Being a new student can be very difficult. As teachers, we want to make the transition easy for all students, but sometimes we don’t even know we are getting a new student until he or she shows up at our doorway. We want every child to feel welcome from the very first moment we meet, but that isn’t always easy if we aren’t prepared. So, with a little time investment (I promise….it’s super easy) up front, we can help alleviate that first day awkwardness for those new students and get our student-teacher relationship off to a great start! That’s where these new student welcome packets come into play!

Getting a new student no longer has to be stressful with this FREE DIY new student welcome packet. With just a little prep work, you can be ready for any new students. This little freebie will make a great gift to give your preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom students. Make sure to grab it today. {preK, K, first, second, third, fourth, fifth graders}

New Student Welcome Packets are super easy to make and will help you feel less stressed the next time a new student shows up unexpectedly at your doorway. It literally will take you about 10 minutes to put together a few bags! So gather your supplies, get your favorite snack, turn on your favorite show, and get started!

How to Make New Student Welcome Packets:

At the beginning of the school year, create 4-5 (or more if you teach in a school district with a high level of student turnover) new student bags. I found just about everything I needed at my local dollar store or in my extra supply closet. The total cost per bag was about $2.50.

For each bag, you will need:

  • 1 gallon-sized zip bag
  • Colorful composition book
  • Box of crayons
  • Stickers
  • Pencil
  • Any other items you’d like to add, such as pencil sharpeners, post-its, kleenex, ruler, etc.
  • “Welcome to Our Class” Notecard (Get the FREE download HERE.)

Getting a new student no longer has to be stressful with this FREE DIY new student welcome packet. With just a little prep work, you can be ready for any new students. This little freebie will make a great gift to give your preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom students. Make sure to grab it today. {preK, K, first, second, third, fourth, fifth graders}

Place all the items in the zip bag. Store the bags. Now, when a new student arrives, they will feel very welcomed and you will be less stressed!

 

To help you keep this task as simple as possible, I’ve created a FREE set of printable tags that you can use however you wish! You can download them HERE.

 

 

Here are some photo examples of the finished student welcome gifts! Once they are done, you are set….simply store on a shelf and when a new student arrives, give them their special gift.

 Getting a new student no longer has to be stressful with this FREE DIY new student welcome packet. With just a little prep work, you can be ready for any new students. This little freebie will make a great gift to give your preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom students. Make sure to grab it today. {preK, K, first, second, third, fourth, fifth graders}    Getting a new student no longer has to be stressful with this FREE DIY new student welcome packet. With just a little prep work, you can be ready for any new students. This little freebie will make a great gift to give your preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom students. Make sure to grab it today. {preK, K, first, second, third, fourth, fifth graders}   Getting a new student no longer has to be stressful with this FREE DIY new student welcome packet. With just a little prep work, you can be ready for any new students. This little freebie will make a great gift to give your preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom students. Make sure to grab it today. {preK, K, first, second, third, fourth, fifth graders}

You can download the FREE welcome cards HERE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. The download also includes free Birthday Tags! Read more about how to create fun birthday gifts for your students here. I hope you enjoy them! Please feel free to leave feedback in my store after you grab your freebie.

Happy teaching, and enjoy the journey!

Getting a new student no longer has to be stressful with these FREE DIY new student welcome packets. With just a little prep work, you can be ready for any new students. This little freebie will make a great gift to give your preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom students. Make sure to grab it today. {preK, K, first, second, third, fourth, fifth graders}

Looking for More Great Ideas to Start Your Year off Well?

Setting the right atmosphere from the beginning is a big part of creating a welcoming classroom where learning thrives.  One where students are excited to try and where its ok to fail.  Where students know they are loved and cared for.  Here’s some more ideas for creating this kind of classroom.

 

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I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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