Newest Creations and Classroom Preparation


Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my classroom and how I will have students in just 20 short days and I can’t even get into the school yet! AHHHHH! :) So I’ve been doing little things here and there. My newest creations are the absent student folders…
Absent Student Folders
During my first year of teaching (6th grade Social Studies and Reading), my mentor teacher used a lot of Kagan strategies and one of the many things she gave me was a copy of a “We Missed You” sheet. I loved it so much that I used it all the time. During my second year of teaching (4th grade) I kind of forgot about that awesome “We Missed You” sheet and only used folders to keep up with assignments during the day while they were gone.
This year is a combination of the two. I made a very cute We Missed You sheet that you can download for FREE here. Why? Because I love y’all!
I also opened up a Teacher’s Notebook shop for those of you who weren’t already aware! I have two things available, Classroom Jobs Chart and Common Core Standards Posters. I haven’t really posted much about the standards posters but I most of the ones that other teachers were selling have kids and pictures on them and I want simple and no distractions. Then I thought, maybe other teachers out there want the same? So if you are interested you can go here to check out those items!
I finished laminating and cutting my schedule signs. Aren’t they SO cute!
I got these from Ladybugs Teacher Files. Kristen is AMAZING! She even customized them for me (for extra $$ of course!) and they now match my theme. I LOVE them so much!
I’m trying not to pay too close attention to the calendar but my baby girl turns 1 tomorrow. New teacher training starts in a week. Students in my classroom in 21 days. Oh my. Oh my.


  1. Question for you - do you laminate, then cut? Or do you cut, laminate, cut?

  2. These are just TOO CUTE! What a great idea!

  3. Thanks for sharing the absentee file printable! :-) I will definitely use this idea!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing the adorable idea! I can't wait to use this.

  5. I can not open the absentee folder and I love it.... Is there any way you can email it to me at

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  7. What a great idea for absentees!!! I love this. I struggled at the end of last year trying to figure out WHAT would work for this and I love this idea. :)

  8. Just wondering how you made the absentee folders. It looks like you used more than one file folder. There seems to be multiple pockets. Please explain. Thanks in advance. Love the idea!!

  9. How many folders did you use? There seems to be three tabs. Instructions on how to make would be beneficial.

  10. Hi and thanks for the "We Missed You" folder. I am curious as to what absentee ally is???

  11. Great idea, thank you! I am also curious about Absentee Ally...

  12. I don't think she used more than one file folder - looks like it's a center tab file...

    1. Thanks Jess! I have emailed these people back individually to let them know but thanks for clarifying! Yes, these are just file folders where the tab could be at the top, center, or bottom. I just purchased a pack. It is not multiple folders. Just one file folder. :) My kids do a great job keeping up with the folder for the absent person next to them. The absentee ally helps them with their work when they return. :)