If you’re anything like me, Valentine’s Day seemed to creep up rather quickly this year. As I sat at my desk reviewing my plans, it occurred to me that it was high time (probably well-past) to plan a Valentine’s party for my students.
Each year we plan an elaborate event with stations, lots of treats, crafts, and fun. My third graders set to work planning each station and developing a list of all of the materials that we would need. In the past, I would send home sheets with sign-up information or coordinate seemingly endless emails assigning last minute goodies, but this year, I took to the web for a faster and easier solution.
With the beauty of technology, even this process is easily made paperless with the amazing website, Sign Up Genius. You can get started with this site in seconds and, best of all, it’s free!
With Sign Up Genius, you can easily create beautiful sign-up lists and share them with parents or volunteers. The web-based software does the rest including managing sign-ups and sending out reminder emails to volunteers.
The sign-ups lists are easy to create and manage. You can even create themed lists, like this Valentine’s one, using one of the hundreds of pre-made templates from the site. It’s easy to share the information with your parents or volunteers through email, a newsletter, classroom blog, or even through texting services like Remind 101.
The sharing URL is a little long, so to make it easier for parents to remember and find, I just popped over to TinyURL, a link shortener, and created a custom “tiny” link for my parents to remember. This site is worth bookmarking for future use- it makes sharing long web addresses easy!
So, for those of you needing last minute supplies for your upcoming Valentine’s Party, give Sign Up Genius a try! It will certainly take the headache out of collecting classroom supplies and materials!
Kate Peila is a third grade teacher from Montana. She is passionate about integrating technology in the classroom to increase student engagement, improve lesson efficacy, and enhance classroom management. She is a content expert for Appolearning and she blogs at Purely Paperless.
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