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Create a survival kit that will brighten any new teacher's day. Put as many items in each kit as you like. There are several here from which to choose. Be sure to include a list telling the purpose of each item.  Some items below are listed more than once because they have more than one purpose.  Choose the purpose you like best.



Mounds Candy Bar For the mounds of information you teach
Crayon To color your day
Peanuts To remind you to get a little nutty now and then
Band-aide For when things get a little rough
Band-aide To remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else's
Marbles To replace the ones you might lose from time to time
Sponge To soak up the overflow when your brain is too full
Puzzle Piece To remind you that without you, things wouldn't be complete
Lifesaver For when you've had one of THOSE days
Lifesaver To remind you that you can come to me if you need someone to talk to
Hugs & Kisses To make everything worthwhile
Candy Hugs To remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment every day
Bath Salts To "take you away" when you need a quiet break
Pearl-colored Bath Oil Beads To remind you that your pearls of wisdom will touch many lives
Cup For when yours is overflowing
Pipe Cleaner To remind you that flexibility is important for a successful school year
Rubberband To remind you to be flexible -- things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out
Rubberband To remind you to have resiliency and "spring" back
Rick Rack To remind you that this year will be full of ups and downs, but eventually everything will smooth out
Matches For those days when you feel you need to light a fire under your students
Wiggly Eye So you can keep an eye on your students to discover how best to help them
Wiggly Eye For when you wish you REALLY did have eyes in the back of your head
Battery To help you keep going, and going, and going...... (like the Energizer Bunny)
Animal Crackers For when your classroom seems like a zoo
Jingle Bell So you can ring for help if you need it; we're here to help each other
Rubber Glove For when you need a helping hand
Sweet Escape Candy Bar For when you need to escape
Wrapped Present To remind you that your students are gifts to you
Smiley Face Sticker To remind you to wear a happy face -- here's one for when it seems difficult
Flower Pot To remind you that you are here to plant the seeds of
Flower Seeds To remind you that you every day you are planting seeds for the future
Clothespin To help you "hang in there"
Hole Reinforcers To remind you to reinforce the efforts of your students and other teachers
Penny To remind you that you are a priceless part of our school
Orange "Orange" you glad to be a part of the best school?
Toothpick To remind yourself to pick the good qualities in your students and yourself
Eraser To remind you that everyone makes mistakes. That's okay; we learn by our errors.
Mint To remind you that you are worth a mint to us.
Stick of Gum To remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything
Extra Gum For all the extra things you do
Jolly Ranchers For when you need a little happiness
Pencil & Notepad To remind you to list your blessings every day
Tea Bag To remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of blessings
100 Grand Candy Bar So you will be paid what you are worth
Button To remind you that some things are best left unsaid
Tissue So you can dry the tears of wounded child
Rainbow To remind you that after every storm there is a calm
Paper Clip To help you hold it together when everything seems to fall apart
Sweet and Sour Tarts To remind you to appreciate your students' differences
Cotton Ball To cushion the rough roads ahead
Cotton Ball  To remind you that this school/classroom is is full of
kind words and warm feelings
Cracker Jack Popcorn To remind you that you will become a crackerjack teacher
Angel Pin To remind you that you are a guardian angel for your students
Fortune Cookie To remind you that it is your students' good fortune to have you as their teacher
Gold Chocolate Coins To remind you that you are worth your weight in gold
Sticker To remind you that we all stick together and help each other
Star To remind you to shine and always try your best
Gold Thread To remind you that friendship ties our hearts together
Snowflake When all else fails, pray for a snow day!

A special thank you goes to Kelli/AL for adding to this list.

Tammy's Tidbits has two graphics that contain some of the items on the above list. One is a Back to School Survival Kit for teachers and the other is a Back to School Survival Kit for students.

Be sure to look at some of the other back to school graphics Tammy has for you, as well as the rest of her site. You'll like what you see.



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