I just made a template for my take home folders so I will be able to explain them to my parents at meet and greet. Here is how it turned out:
I also got my name tags made (minus the names). My mom got me cute owl name tag stickers from Carson-Dellosa, but I didn't want to stick them onto my students' shirts because I wanted to use them for the whole first week (maybe two). I didn't want to buy the clear name tag holders either because those get expensive and I would rather spend my money on fun things to use in the classroom!
A teacher from a training I attended suggested a cheap way to make name tags durable. Stick them onto some folders and then cut them out. Punch holes into them and then add yarn (which I haven't done yet because it is at school so I'll have to wait. Don't you hate it when that happens?!?).
I like how the folders add a little more color! Now, all they need is yarn and names of course!!