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Snuggle Bags

I love Open House once all the work is done and displayed.  But once it’s over and you take it down, how can you get all that work home?

Snuggle Bag

I do these Snuggle Bags as a way of getting all those goodies home without them getting destroyed! My grocery store charged me 5 cents per bag, so it was $1.50 which is pretty good. I like free better, but I only get them for free when I wear a low cut top and ask the box boy.

Snuggle Letter

These bags go home three times a year since I am a year round teacher, and they are a real highlight of the trimester.  I usually get a sweet card from a parent or two in response to the snuggle time they had with their child.  {As a side note- I do send home work daily, but 3 times a year I strip the walls to prepare for the incoming teacher.  So that is a lot to send home at once. As you can see, my classroom was in the process if being torn down at the time of this picture.}

Passing out a million papers

Now, do you cringe at the idea of having to hand out a stack of papers and art?  Try this idea.  Circle them up. Like a big circle…. big…. with bags next to them or behind them.  Then start calling out names and tossing the art in the center of the circle.  I try to have my boys sit right and my girls sit left.  When I toss, I toss center left or center right.  It takes me almost NO time time to hand out a ton a of work. 


I feel like these snuggle bags really help connect my families to our classroom.  How do you help families and school come together? Or if you are not a teacher, what did your teachers do that was so memorable? I am always looking for ways to make deeper connections. 

The snuggle bag note is waiting for you on Google docs as a little freebie.  I hope you enjoy.

Snuggle Bags







Now, speaking of things to make a deep and long lasting connection with, I have a love affair with Target. I go in to buy tape, leave with 15 bags of who knows what, and I am happy.  Do you feel the same way?  Sometimes I am not happy though when it hits me that I spent $275 when I went in to buy tape. Then the wave of guilt hits, and I plan to return "most" of it.  Does this ever happen to you??? The guilt too??? Are you addicted to the dollar bin as well? I'm not alone??? Thank God! 



Well, to help ease any guilt and keep the "Target Joy" coming My Hubby and I are giving away a Target card. Let the shopping begin! US Residents only - Rafflecoper joy. Ready Set Enter!

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Remember to enter the giveaway for the mystery box! The box is chock full of teacher goodies and comes with a digital file of our great units. The box is over $60 in value, and will arrive on your doorstep!!! How great is that? You have to live in the United States though.  I hope you win :0)




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83 comments:

  1. That is a GENIUS idea for passing out papers! Can't wait to try it tomorrow when I'm handing out our Friday Files :)

    Natalie
    Teachery Tidbits

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  2. I love the snuggle bag idea - very cute and I have no doubt the parents appreciate having all the precious work in one spot. Cracked me up about the low cut top!

    Jane
    Learning in the Little Apple

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  3. The Snuggle Bag is so darling, what wonderful memories you are creating! Precious!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized
    amyhowbert1@gmail.com

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  4. Oh my word! This is the cutest idea. I mean, seriously, I LOVE IT! I am so going to be using this. My printer is already humming that sweet sound of printing.

    Polka Dots, Checks and Stripes

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  5. I loveee this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing! I am also always looking to enhance that school/home connection. I am finishing my masters this semester and actually the class I am in is all about that home/school connection. We had to come up with a project that promoted it and my project was all about promoting having parents read aloud to their children! I think kind of like your bags it gives parents and kids that special moment together to talk and learn at the same time! I incorporated into my class a take home reading program that sent home slightly higher reading level books that parents could read aloud to their kiddos. It was great! Thanks so much for your post!

    Julia
    The Army Wife Teacher

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  6. Love love love the snuggle bag idea. Thanks for the freebie. I plan on doing this for the end of the year. :)

    Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten

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  7. We want to snuggle right now! Such a GREAT idea!!! Love, love...Do not love that you have to move rooms...ugh. Thanks for the fabulous ideas. Will be using this for sure!!

    Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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  8. Oh the low-cut top trick is one of my best not-so-secret weapons. LOVE this idea. Thanks for sharing!

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

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  9. I love the snuggle bag! I make a really easy portfolio out of a paper bag too for all the art and special projects we do. I'd like to share with you in exchange for your great idea- I have posted it on my blog and would love your opinion! It needs a cute poem or note like yours though! Thank you so much for the great idea.

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  10. Love the idea! Thanks so much for the fun giveaway!
    Katie
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

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  11. What a cute idea! I have to ask, though, do you have to pack up EVERYTHING 3 times a year??? If so, you must be really good at getting rid of stuff instead of hoarding it! :)
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

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  12. FABULOUS idea! Glad you share all of you creativity with us!

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  13. You always come up great ideas & do them with such flair. Thanks!

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  14. This give away is great and I totally love the idea of the snuggle bag. What a great way to encourage interaction between parent and student.

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  15. I love a mystery!! I also love your snuggle bags! Always great things from you.
    Pauline
    First Grade by the Sea

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  16. Awesome giveaway and truly thank you both for running this!! :)

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  17. Per Justin's instruction:
    I had a teacher that sent a 3 x 5 card home with me in an envelope that told my mother some of my achievements in class, strengths, etc. My mother shared it with me and it did a couple of things. Gave me pride in myself, strengthened my relationship with my mother (dad not around much), and made me try harder for my teacher. Good move on her part.

    Jason
    The Cheeky Daddy

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  18. I love the Snuggle Bag. I am sharing this link with all of my teachers. Thank you for sharing!

    Jana
    Thinking Out Loud

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  19. Smart idea for getting papers passed out! The Snuggle Bags idea is great(once I realized you weren't referring to your breasts).
    Justin Knight- Writing Pad Dad
    Writing Pad Dad Blog

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  20. I love surprises and would love to win this mystery box! I also think this is a great idea for getting papers home. Very cute and a memorial moment for the parent and child to share together.

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  21. This is the cutest thing EVER! Seriously so bummed that I just ripped everything off my walls & sent home! Thank you for sharing!

    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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  22. Great giveaway! I love the idea of the mystery box... I want to know what is in it, even if I don't win! haha.

    Mandy
    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

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  23. This is so fun! I love the mystery of it!
    Angie
    ahenry4443ah@gmail.com

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  24. One of my teachers I had two years, 3rd and 5th was innovative for the time. He did workshop most of the day for reading and math. What I remember is one of our social studies projects. We got to make a model of our downtown and came up with ideas to "revitalize" it. We also got to present our ideas to a member of the town council.

    Crystal Shepherd
    lucytumnus@gmail.com
    The lamppost in 1st grade math

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  25. I remember doing some ecology artwork in 6th grade and I won the grand prize. I think back then I confused ecology and the environment. That was memorable - lots of green.

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  26. I love the snuggle bag! What a fun way to send home all those special projects.

    Heather

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  27. She gave everyone cute little nicknames. It seemed like something a mom would do.

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  28. Hi Katie - seriously that is the cutest idea ever!!! I love the snuggle bags. I do the 5 cent bag thing too but only after Open House and never thought to put this cute little tag with it....and just so you know going in after the gym in a little diddy gym outfit did get me those bad boy bags for free once...LOL
    HUGS, Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  29. I hand out papers that way - it's so much quicker! Great idea with the Snuggle Bags. I wish we could get our hands on large paper bags here in Australia - they're just not that common unfortunately.

    Stef
    Miss Galvin Learns

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  30. My fondest memories of my teacher's helping me and making a difference is when i was in grade 7. My teacher always asked me to call him by his name and everyday he took additional time out to answer my questions fully and always was very attentive.

    Kevin Linkie

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  31. I had a teacher who took me to her house and taught me how to cook a few things. This always stuck ou t in my mind because it was attention I never got at home
    masugr at yahoo dot com

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  32. Waaay back when I was in 5th grade we had the SRA color-coded Reading Comp. program. I finished the whole thing so I got free time for the last few weeks of school. It was awesome! What I did with that time is as much a mystery to me now as what's in that Mystery Box up there!!! :o)

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  33. She read aloud the best books every single day.

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  34. Mystery box sounds cool!

    ennifergolino

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  35. What a great idea! I would love to win!
    Kari :)
    karianne1120@gmail.com

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  36. amazingly creative idea! love it! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Name on rafflecopter: Amanda Sakovitz

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  37. I love all of your blog posts and giveaways! :) The most memorable thing a teacher did for me was to help me with my spelling by allowing me to hold our class pet (a opossum) while I "helped" her grade our spelling tests each week! The rest of the class would be participating in SSR, and I would just pet the cute little guy while she went over the spelling list with me each time she graded a paper. I loved her, and I learned a lot! :)

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    1. Your class pet was an opossum? That is a cool teacher!!!

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  38. One of my teacher's spent extra time with me and that made all the difference!

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  39. This is such a cool idea!

    melanie322@yahoo.com

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  40. I love the snuggle bags. . .thanks for the freebie. I really loved when teachers would give me personalized pencils. I know it sound cheesy but I always thought that was way cool back in the day.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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    1. It's still cool now. I would die if one of my kids gave me a pencil with my name on it !

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  41. I had a lot of wonderful teachers during my elementary / middle school days ~ yet I cannot remember something that stands out. I do remember working in the school library during the summer with one of my teachers. That was a lot of fun.

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  42. One of my favorite memories is my first grade teacher making the class stop what they were doing to listen to me read because she wanted them to read with expression like I did. I try to make a point of passing on nice comments to my students so some day they will do the same with their children or students. That teacher had an impact on my life in so many ways!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  43. I remember my first grade teacher helped me make a wooden airplane... I'm not sure why we were doing that. Another huge memory that sticks out is my 4th grade teacher let me bring my paint pony to school when we were learning about Native Americans... Now that I'm a teacher, looking back I can't imagine how stressful that must have been for my teacher :). But she was sweet enough to let me do it and used it as a great teachable moment.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaways!

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  44. PS- Your blog is ADORABLE!!!

    Bri
    The Price of Teaching

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  45. My grade school teachers made a memory book for me that I still have and show to my students!

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  46. I love this mystery box idea! I hope I win!

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  47. I love the snuggle bag idea! This giveaway is amazing! You girls are so creative and generous!

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  48. One of my teachers cut out a large star from construction paper and wrote sweet adjectives about us on each star. I still have it (over 20 years later)!

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  49. I ADORE the Snuggle Bags, and am going to have to keep that in mind :)
    As for something a teacher did that was memorable... When I was in 2nd grade, the BIG kids got to work on this "build your own castle" kind of deal where they were able to cut wood to make the castle. Our teacher went to their teacher and asked for scraps (cubes of wood), and we were able to build our own castles too, even using wood glue. My mom still has mine in my closet of my childhood home. :)

    Melinda
    melchase@live.com

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  50. I love your snuggle note! Great idea. I will be using it. Love the mystery box too! :)

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  51. I love the snuggle bag idea! That totally made my day. I had some awesome teachers, and I am thankful for them. We had one who stayed after school, and allowed us to do critical thinking exercises. The group of kids got larger and larger, and "Odyssey of the Mind" was created. We were having fun, being challenged, and staying out of trouble. I still think about her, and how generous she was with her time.

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  52. Wow this is such a great idea. The only thing I remember one of my teachers doing is she took the time after school to teach me. She lived down the street from my house and when every I had such a hard time remember anything she was always their to help.

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  53. Thanks for the great idea. I can remember one of my teachers sent birthday cards to all her students from grades 1 through 6.

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  54. That way of handing out files is BRILLIANT! I absolutely love it :)

    My fourth grade teacher smiled at me and told me I was a great student -- she put the love in teaching in me :) She also helped me build my self esteem which is very important in elementary aged students!

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  55. Grade School was very memorable for me. I can remember as far back to Kindergarden. My teacher read us Green Eggs and Ham and then we had some green eggs and ham (that was dyed). It was really cute!

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  56. I had a teacher who's brother was a crazy local DJ. He wrote to each member of the class a little note on toilet paper! It was hilarious.

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  57. Like everyone else, I love your Snuggle Bags idea! How cool!
    As for school, I remember a difficult year when I got teased quite a bit and the teacher took the time to make me feel special in subtle and creative ways. Now, I try to do this with my students!

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  58. I went to a catholic gradeschool, but the upper grades didn't have nuns when I was there. They were strict, but fair, and they let us play music towards the end of our last year there. Pretty cool.

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  59. I had a teacher who set it up for us to have PenPals at a school and took us on a field trip to meet them

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  60. One of my teachers didn't make me do a oral book report. I had worked on it all weekend with a friend and was ready. When the day came to stand before the class, she didn't make me do it. She knew I was so nervous about it.

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  61. I too had an awesome teacher that let us have a pen pal from another school and we'd write letters to them once a week. Then we had a field trip and got to meet them one day! It was pretty neat!

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  62. I came from Cuba when I was 9 years old and although I knew some English I did not understand everything that was said - this is before the schools instituted English as a second language. My teacher Ms. Kelly was so kind and gave me so much of her time that I was able to finish the year with high marks and with high self steem. I will forever be grateful to her.

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  63. she believed in me when no one else did

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  64. my teacher in Ukraine wrote me beautiful handwritten letters when she was concerned about my work quality.It showed me that she cared and that i can always come back to the quality of work i did!

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  65. In junior high school, I had a teacher (Mrs. Ramos) who invited me and another classmate to spend the weekend at her home (she was a divorced mom with two young daughters). We baked cookies & just hung out and talked all night - it felt great to be singled out to have one-on-one time with my teacher.

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  66. I recall that I had a really patient Grade 4 teacher. Her name was Miss Beadle. Grade 4 has always remained my favorite grade and I really enjoyed learning French.

    Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway and for the opportunity to participate.

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  67. My 4th grade teacher came to my house and took my mother and I out for lunch. She was always my favorite teacher!

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  68. In grade 6 my science teacher had lots of awesome animals in his classroom (I remember a snake and a tarantula). He also let me make paper airplanes for days while we were learning about flight.

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  69. My algebra teacher made it fun to solve problems and it led me to being a computer programmer.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  70. Brilliant way to pass out papers and make sending home "stuff" more meaningful. Thanks - sharing this with my fb crowd!
    -Leslie
    TeachJunkie.com
    KindergartenWorks.com

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  71. What a fabulous idea!! Thanks for sharing the lovely freebie!

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  72. This idea is AMAZING. It is one of those things that seem so obvious now that I have heard it. :o) Thanks for sharing and giving me such a wonderful idea.

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