July 27, 2016

Students LOVE Classroom Helpers/Jobs and You Will, Too!

Planet Happy Smiles, Classroom Jobs, Classroom Helpers
Do you have helpers in your classroom?

Many teachers have asked over the years about how classroom helpers work in our classes.
Here are the top three questions:
"Why do you have classroom helpers?"
"How do you organize our helpers?"
"Can you help me get mine started?"

Here are our answers:

Planet Happy Smiles, Classroom Jobs, Classroom Helpers
1. It helps build a community.
2. The children take on a responsibility/leadership role.
3. Helps the classroom run smoothly.
4. Reduces the teacher's workload.
5. Children LOVE taking responsibility for our room!

Planet Happy Smiles, Classroom Jobs, Classroom Helpers
Each Monday the children look forward to their new jobs!  We rotate the jobs because more that one child usually enjoys a job.  We like to give every child an opportunity to try each job. Sometimes they find they really enjoy a job that they thought they wouldn't like.

Every classroom has a different plan for changing helpers and you have to find what works for you!
*Alison loves to change her helpers Friday before she leaves for the day.  It is just part of her routine and she feels great about getting it done early!

*I love to change mine with the kids on Monday morning as part of my "Monday Morning Routine."  It helps us ease back into our week!

*Another friend of mine changes her helpers every two weeks because one was too fast.

Once the helpers are assigned and posted on our "Helpers" chart the week starts. I never forget who has a job because the chart is there to refer to and the kids know their jobs and take pride in having them.
Planet Happy Smiles, Classroom Jobs, Classroom Helpers

Planet Happy Smiles, Classroom Jobs, Classroom Helpers
My answer is "YES!"
We have several helpers to match what you might need in your room.  They are also editable and you can change the job titles & add your students names.  You can even add your own cards to match on the "blank" card pages.

Once you choose the theme/style that matches your classroom, putting it together is easy peasy!
Here is the set I used last year:
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I backed my cards after I printed them with yellow cardstock to match my color scheme. 
Planet Happy Smiles, Classroom Jobs, Classroom Helpers
There are so many ways to display your helpers, here are a few of the ideas we have used:

We have attached them on ribbons and used clothespins for the names.
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 We have placed them in a pocket chart and just tucked the children name card next to the job.
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We have placed them on a magnetic surface, too!

These are just some of the jobs in the pack!
Best thing, they are EDITABLE! 
You decide what the names of the jobs are. 
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Planet Happy Smiles, Classroom Jobs, Classroom Helpers, List of Jobs
Here is our selection in a variety of themes:Planet Happy Smiles, Classroom Jobs, Classroom Helpers
(You can click on any picture below to see it in our store.)
 Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ "Under the Sea" Ocean Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Super Hero Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Camping Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Nautical Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ "Wild About Helping" Sa Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Polka Dot Print (Multi  Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Red, White, and Blue ~  Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Polka Dot Print B/W Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Busy Bees Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Ladybug Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) Monster Theme (polka dots Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Froggy Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Chevron Print B/W Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Zebra Print Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Hootin' Owl Theme (polk Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Chevron Rainbow Print w Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Sport Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ "Yo, Ho, Ho" Pirate Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Racecar Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Smiley Face, Happy Face Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Rock Star Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ "Ahoy Matey" Pirate Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Hollywood/Movie Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Patriotic Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Hootin' Owl Theme (plai Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Jungle Print Theme (no  Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) Monster Theme (polka dots Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Chevron Rainbow Print w Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) ~ Bright Polka Dots & Stripes Classroom Helper Jobs ~ Western/Cowboy Theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) Teal and Chalkboard theme Classroom Helper Jobs (EDITABLE) Aqua and Chalkboard theme
Don't see what you need?
Contact us at planethappysmiles@gmail.com to get your request on our list of projects now!

Have other ideas for jobs, we would LOVE to hear them.  Please comment below or send us an email.
Happy Teaching!

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