It’s school time! Man, I can’t tell you enough how fast summer rushed by. Back to school creeped up on a lot of us, but we can’t ignore it! There are so many things to do to prep for a successful first week of school. I’ve spent a few weeks writing about how to prep for the back to school rush from organizing centers to bringing thematic units into your classrooms. The first week is full of rules, routines and procedures. There are rules and procedures about everything. Even the restroom!
You’ve Seen It All…
I’m sure you’ve seen it all from your students coming back from the restroom. Paper towels a mile long stuck to their foot. Wet hands, but not clean hands. And what about the students that spend an hour in the restroom?! The restroom is definitely a time for students to escape a classroom to go have fun. I would definitely choose a different place to go have fun than the restroom! Ugh!
During my first year of teaching, I learned that restroom routines can’t be ignored. You can’t assume your students know how to act in the restroom. So I created a fun, colorful poster to place in my classroom and the restroom. The pictures do a great job illustrating the rule for your non-readers!
Of course, the older they get the less you need to remind them of the behavior in the restroom. Your preschoolers will need constant reminding for quite a while. Your first graders might need a week or two of reminding.
Overall, it’s just a good idea to teach good hygiene in the class. It’s never time wasted! To grab this colorful, illustrated poster for your classroom just click on the link below at the bottom of this post!
Need some more Back to School resources??
Every good classroom has a solid behavior management system! Mine is no different. Grab my Behavior Management pack for your class!
Teach your students organization skills early on with my Student Binder and Organization pack!
One of my favorite Back to School activities! I place this fun lapbook on my students’ desks the first week of school. It’s so fun getting to know them!