Water Bottles

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One thing I do every school year is give my new kiddos a bottle of water at Meet the Teacher night.  I allow my kids to have a bottle of water at their desk as long as they keep a lid on it and the bottle doesn't become a distraction of any kind.  I create special labels for the water bottles that I give out.  At the beginning of the year I try to make everything as cute as I can.  I'm sorry to say that trend doesn't always last, but I at least start with good intentions.  I recently created some new labels instead of working on my to do list.  It's called avoidance, but I can't help it.  If you would like to have these labels, you can snag them buy clicking on the pic below.  These labels are designed to fit Ozarka and Nestle water bottles.


I enjoy giving the kids goodies but I'm conflicted about it.  I want to welcome them and get them excited about the new school year, but I think that some kids have come to expect it.  I've heard them say some  things about what they got or did not get.  What are your feelings on the matter?  Do you give out goodies?

13 comments

  1. I love the pirate water bottle label for my classroom!! I can't wait to use it! Thanks so much!!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. So very cute!!! I'm currently owl obsessed! I see someone beat me to it, but I love visiting your blog and have nominated you too for The Versatile Blogger Award. Stop by to see!

    Megan
    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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  3. Great idea with the water bottles! I give my kids a goodie bag on the first day that's filled with some things corresponding to a poem I found. I like it because it shows them I care. I teach first, so they are pretty happy with anything I give them :-)

    MrsMc
    Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

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  4. Your blog looks great! We are your newest follower! We would love for you to come visit us sometime. http://primarypossibilities.blogspot.com/
    Stephanie

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  5. Thanks for sharing this freebie. I, like Lisa, love the pirate one and cannot wait to use it in my classroom.

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

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  6. I'm loving the look of your blog! Owls are so cute! I'm going to perk my classroom up with owls from Carson Dellosa this year. I'm your newest follower!

    Diane
    Teaching with Moxie

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  7. I'm your newest follower! :)
    I don't give my kids anything at the beginning of the year. I figure they have enough new stuff to overwhelm them for a little while. Our Open House is usually mid-September, and on that night I leave a little something on their desk.
    Be sure to come over and join my Freebie Linky Party and Giveaway!
    Erin
    First with Franklin

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  8. H! I am so excited to have found your blog. I would like to award you the One Lovely Blog award. I hope you have a wonderful Friday.
    Amy@www.adventuresinteaching.net

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  9. I love the water bottle labels! I think that is really nice that you give your students a treat!

    Michelle
    Apples and ABC's

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  10. I used to, but I have had kids actually complain about something. That was the end of that. I spend thousands I do not need to on those little kiddos! I know they appreciate how our room looks and feels, so that's their gift!
    I am doing balloons for open house. Cheap and who doesn't love a balloon!
    Rachel
    rachel.lamb81@gmail.com

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  11. Amy - Thank you so much for the award! You are too sweet!!

    Rachel - I know exactly what you're talking about!!

    Hooty's Homeroom

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  12. Hmm I wonder if I could make this a permanent thing. I'm big on recycling and every year I have a talk with my students about buying a long lasting water bottle. Maybe laminate and put a thin strip of velcro on the ends so it can be taken off and reused? Ah you have my mind slowly coming up with ideas! I think I will come up with a pamphlet (find one online) to give to parents about water bottles and possibly with pictures of durable water bottle choices. It would go with my "What's in your lunchbox?" note. Thanks for the ideas and printable it works with my color scheme!
    Michelle

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