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Summer Stuff #2 - The Service Station Freebie

As you're preparing for fall (and possibly cleaning and/or moving your classroom) are you coming across any classroom projects you don't need done immediately, but definitely want finished sometime during the school year?  Do you ever have a parent volunteer come into your room staring eagerly at you and think "Crapfest!  I have nothing for them to do!"?  If so, this post might be for you!

I don't like scurrying around like a crazed raccoon looking for projects for parent helpers who show up unannounced (or sometimes announced, but I forgot they were coming), so I have a Service Station.  This is just really a fancy name for a-place-I-throw-all-the-stuff-I-need-done-and-am-willing-to-let-someone-else-do.  It looks much better if you put a fancy schmancy sign by it and give it a name.  Common projects/tasks I toss into the Service Station are: cutting and pasting items for upcoming projects, grading, copies, organizing materials, hall display items, taping and labeling library books, items that need to be cleaned or fixed, filing, and of course shrinking chip bags and making CHIP trophies.  If you have no idea what this means see this post.  I highly recommend CHIP trophies!    

If you'd like one too, tidy up a table or corner of your classroom and set up a Service Station of your own.  Train your parent helpers to look here first for projects that need making, papers that need grading, masters that need copying, or any other work that needs doing.

Use this simple freebie poster to label your Service Station for all those parent volunteers you'll surely have breaking down your door come fall.  They'll feel so fabulously needed and you'll look so very organized and superteachery when they see your lovely piles-o-work just waiting for a special volunteer like them! 

If you're interested in more of my Summer Stuff Series, focused on easy items to make or think about implementing in your classroom next year, check out these posts:



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    1. Thanks! I just entered your Hot Dots giveaway. So exciting!

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  2. I love the sign & this idea! It seems like I am always scrambling to find things for volunteers to do. This would definitely solve my problem. Thanks!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  3. I love this! What a great idea. Thanks for the freebie poster! There will be no crazed raccoons in my room when a parent shows up!
    Bethany

    The Bubblegum Tree

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    1. Crazed raccoons are the worst. Very dangerous! :)

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  4. Hello Mrs. Smith,
    This is amazing! I'm your latest follower!
    ~Fern, Another Mrs. Smith!
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!

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    1. Thanks Fern! I'm following you too. I just used your Pinterest trick. Very cool.

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  5. I wrote this down immediately! I definitely have parents that want to help. I am wondering how long I can look at something in this center before rushing over to do it myself! But, i want to try it and I think parents will love that I encourage them to be involved (with purpose!) Appreciate the idea!

    Always A Lesson

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    1. I know what you mean. I always keep those one or two things I'm dying to get finished on top with a fancy ASAP note. Usually I can get them done before they drive me crazy. :)

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