Finally! Something Checked Off My List!

Finally, Finally, Finally I have finished one (yes only one) back to school project. Time is running out and I still have sooooooo much to do. We start on August 16th (teachers on the 13th) which is better than the other local schools that start on the 9th. Do they not realize it is 110 degrees out?? And is only going to get worse in the great state on Oklahoma. My poor lil kiddos are going to be melting I tell you with a capital M. We don’t nap in first grade but we will be “resting while listening” after our 40 minute lunch recess. The teacher those little darlings are going to need it.
This week I have to cook/host a surprise birthday party, interview prospective new teachers at our school, pick my mom up from the airport, finish school items and buy supplies, and nap. I feel the end of my summer closing in as we speak or read or whatever it is we’re doing.

SO on to my newest project. It is a “Back to School Book.” I designed it as an activity for the kiddos, and an assessment tool for me. We begin school on a Thursday (I know-right) and so having something to keep the kiddos engaged and not melting is my top priority.
This book is made so that you can keep it until the end of the year and use it as a starting point with your kiddos.
The pictures show how to put it together and how I used the super cute new duct tape designs and colors to pull it all together. Common Core standards are listed on the last page.
First page before folding

After folding.

The rest of the book all folded.

Staple all pages together. 
Find you some of this (duct tape)

Cut a strip a little longer than the book.

Cut slits in top and bottom. Fold to make tabs. 


Place book about halfway in the middle of the duct tape.

Fold the tape over the stapled edge. 

Fold the tape to the inside of the first and last folded pages, so they don't show. 

Whaaa Laaa a bound book that will last the year.
And cute too!

Comes in TWO versions-First grade specific or generic.

The tape is a is a good place for info. 

So here it is. I hope you like it. Or think it could be useful. Or at least don’t think I’m a total dork. You can find your copy here.
If you’d like a copy I will send one to the first person to add a nice comment.
Coming soon- Family Involvement items, How to befriend a dragon, and what to do with smelly socks!



  1. Love the duct tape binding!

  2. Love these. Great idea to use the tape on the spine! I would love a copy. Thanks

  3. I'm so happy to see you have our assessment finished! Could you get them all ran off, put together, stapled, duct tape (dogs please if you can find it) and keep them for me until the 1st day of school! Thanks!

    1. So you've decided on dogs? Cause I'd hate to do all that work and it be BEES!!!

  4. Love your duct tape binding!! What a great idea!!

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  5. Thanks! You got it done just in time for me to use since we start Aug. 1. It looks great and I definitely love the duct tape binding.

    Our district won't let us go outside if the temp is over 95 (I think), that's when Adventure to Fitness will come in handy. Sometimes I'd take them out anyway and give them some time to yell and scream. lol I would take a spray bottle out with me and cool them off that way.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  6. I love the duct tape binding!! I never would've thought of that. That's super cute!
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  7. It's amazing what can be accomplished with duct tape these days. Cute book Tammy!
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  8. This is super cute. Love the fun duct tape.

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  9. Cute book and a way to use all the duct tape I bought in Hawaii


  10. Great idea Tammy. It's always so good to have a beginning project as a base to hold until the end of the year, I agree. I too feel some pressure already. I just returned from a nice trip, next week my grandson is coming for a visit, then one week later we begin! Yikes! Just when I thought summer was going so nicely (except for the heat). Cheers to your countdown days!

    1. I missed you Linda! Glad you are back and that you had a nice time on your vacation. So sorry for Denver's madness last week. Enjoy your grandson.

  11. Great first day activity! I saw on your sidebar that it says Tammy's, Okies, and Other Blogs...does that mean you are from Oklahoma? I feel like no one in blog-land is from OK.

    Nichole :-)

    1. I am from Oklahoma! How did I miss you? Where are you in Okie Land?

    2. Oh my goodness friends! I am an Okie too! How did I not know about either of you? Tammy I just found you because I had people coming from your blog to mine!

      Sidenote: Have you heard about our Meetup this Saturday in OKC?

      I would love to meet BOTH of you!
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    3. I have read about it Kaci, Just not sure if I'll be able to make it...but I REALLY want to!