*V.I.P. CADDY!* The Best Student Motivator E V E R !

*THIS BLOG POST WAS UPDATED ON JULY 31, 2017 under my new brand name, The Enthusiastic Class! 
(I was formerly Miss V's Kinder Kraziness)

Hey everyone!  How has 2016 been treatin' ya? It's been a very busy year for me so far. There are so many things that I'm doing in the classroom that I'm eager to share with all of you.  Here is the first one!

Want to know how I to get my kiddos motivated to stay focused, always try their best, and be model students?  It's something they really work hard to earn...V.I.P. CADDY privileges!



Mr. Sketch Scented Crayons smell DIVINE! Every scent is true to its name.
 My V.I.P. Caddy has every Scentos  and Mr. Sketch scented writing tool you can think of: crayons, colored pencils, gel pens, regular ink pens, and markers.  It also has Crayola twistable crayons, construction paper crayons, scissors, glue, and pencils- with erasers!

*Side note: This should be a whole other blog post, but let me tell you really quick why having a pencil with an eraser is a HUGE deal.  I don't allow erasers in the classroom.  The only person that is allowed to have and use an eraser is myself and my assistant for two reasons:

  1. So they don't become obsessed with erasing EVERY. LITTLE. MISTAKE. and then make holes in their papers from erasing so much. It's also distracts them from finishing their task in a timely manner.
  2. I think it's important that my students see their mistakes and not be fearful of making any.
How do I choose my Student of the Month (SOTM)?  I do not solely base it on grades.  The SOTM has to show growth in all areas: academics, behavior, effort, attitude, and character.

The SOTM is allowed to use the caddy for the ENTIRE MONTH.  Yes, friends.  The ENTIRE month.  Every day, the SOTM may choose two friends to sit with them at the V.I.P. Table and use the V.I.P. Caddy.  There are rules to follow when using the caddy.  If the rules are broken, bye-bye caddy!

V.I.P. Caddy Rules

  • If the supplies are not put back correctly, you may not use the V.I.P. caddy for the rest of the day.
  • If the SOTM chooses someone who I had to take many fuzzies way from that day because of misbehavior, they need to choose someone else.
  • If an argument breaks out about between students about supplies, V.I.P. Caddy is shut down for the day.
  • If you steal anything from the V.I.P. Caddy, bye-bye forever.
Luckily, I've only had to shut it down once, when the students left it a mess. They were devastated. Not gonna lie, I've been blessed with an amazing bunch this year who love to make their teacher happy!  

So far, this caddy has worked miracles! The SOTM picks different classmates everyday and makes sure that everyone gets a chance to use the caddy.  It has allowed them to interact with other students in the class that they might not normally hang out with, thus opening an opportunity to form new friendships!

I love the VIP Caddy so much that I have one for myself! Isn't it amazing?! My co-workers love borrowing the scented gel pens for note taking when meetings are held in my class.
*The rotating caddy was purchase at the Target Dollar Spot for $3.  FREE editable labels are from Learning in Wonderland's Teachers Pay Teachers store (click here for the labels).

UPDATE: It's 2017 and a new school year is among us.  In addition, the world of scented writing tools has expanded ten-fold! There are SO many different kinds of scented crayons, markers, etc., from all different brands.  I recently have come to love the Silly Scents [affiliate link] that Crayola has recently released. They have scents such as cherry, cotton candy (my fav), fruit punch, coconut, root beer, just to name a few!

Also,  you know that cute rotating caddy I got from Target that you see in the photos above? Yeah, the kiddos dropped it a bunch of times this past year and it cracked. BOO! This summer, I was on the hunt for the perfect caddy that could be easily replaced if it happened to break again. Enter Lakeshore Learning to the rescue! For under $20, I found a sturdy caddy organizer that is almost indestructible. What I love about Lakeshore is that all of their store brand items have a lifetime guarantee and if anything breaks, you can bring it back to the store for a replacement at no charge, FOR REALS!  Here is what my VIP caddy will look like for the 2017-2018 school year:

Rainbows make my teacher heart so happy! <3
I love this new VIP caddy so much, that I am hosting a giveaway RIGHT HERE AT THE END OF THIS BLOG POST so you could win one of your own for your classroom! Included in this giveaway are:
  • Lakeshore Learning Tabletop Supply Caddy ($16.99 value)
  • Crayola Silly Scents Colored Pencils (12-count: $4.99 value)
  • Crayola Silly Scents Chisel Tip Markers (6-count: $7.99 value)
  • Crayola Silly Scents Slim Markers (10-count: $4.99 value)
  • Crayola Silly Scents Twist Crayons (12-count:$3.99 value)
That is a grand total of almost $40!  If you want to win this scentsational prize, make sure you enter below.  There are opportunities to earn more entries, too! The giveaway will begin promptly at Midnight EST August 1, 2017 and end at Midnight EST August 4, 2017. I will announce the winner on all my social media accounts. Best of luck and have a wonderful school year!

*This giveaway is not affiliated with Lakeshore Learning, Crayola, Facebook, Amazon, or Instagram. Must be 18 years old to enter and live in the USA.*

Since it is the start of a new school year, take a look at my Teachers Pay Teachers shop and grab some low-prep, independent activities for your kiddos! Here are some favorites:

 


Best wishes,
Erica

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46 comments

  1. This is an awesome idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. I wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing your life with us. Whether it's from your personal moments (getting engaged!) to teacher related stuff; it's always a joy to see you and get to know you a little bit more!

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  3. I love using Smelly Markers for word work!

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  4. Such an awesome giveaway! I love your explanation about erasers. I think I will try that this year!

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  5. Mr. Sketch scented markers, duh! They are the best. Except for the black licorice

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  6. Everyone loves a good smelly VIP Caddy!!! My kinders would go nuts for these!

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  7. Mr. Sketch scented markers...banana if my favorite

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  8. I just bought these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M1SIAGQ/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_5?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER Not sure I want to let the children touch them though! My kiddos like the Mr. Sketch twist crayons.

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  9. I absolutely LOVE Mr. Sketch markers...and your new blog name!

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  10. I'm obsessed with smelly pens! I love using them to correct student work and they immediately sniff the star or whatever. Sometime they even get the junk in their nose πŸ‡πŸ‘ƒπŸΌπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  11. My faves are Mr Sketch! I have the regular pack, Christmas pack, and movie time pack! My kids love to guess the scent

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  12. Mr. Sketch markers are my favorite! My personal favorite use is for anchor charts, but I also like to use them for some writing activities, like write the room! I've noticed this really engaged my students!! I'd love to implement a VIP caddy in my first year as a Kinder teacher! 😌

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  13. Would love to win! It will be my first time incorporating a VIP caddy in my kinder classroom. It would be perfect to get my hands on this awesome package. I love the watermelon flavor and know that my Kinder students will love it too. 🀞

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  14. I'm a Mr. Sketch girl myself. I love this vip caddy though.

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  15. I had a VIP table, but it was just for one students and near the end I got very tired of trying to find different kids to recognize. I love the idea of a table caddy because more kids get rewarded at once, it's easier to rotate, and they can "hopefully" hold each other accountable (in a respectful way). I also love your rules you have set in place! I'm going to have to try this out. :)
    -marissa

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  16. I love the smelly stickers from Lakeshore. They are a great motivator l.

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  17. What a neat giveaway!!!! Very timely too because I was just thinking I wanted to do this this school year!

    Thanks for always making me smile and for this great opportunity!!!!!

    Holly
    {Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade}

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  18. Smelly markers are my must!��

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  19. I'm going into a new grade level at a new school, so I'm so excited to incorporate a VIP area! Thanks for the great ideas!! Kids love those smelly makers (and so do I!)

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  20. This is such an awesome idea & giveaway! I would love to win so I can implement a VIP tub in my class! 🀞🏻

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  21. I love using my scented highlighters!

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  22. I love this idea! I would love to use this caddy in my classroom! Thank you for this fantastic giveaway! :)

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  23. So fun! I'm glad I got to see that this can work in a kindergarten classroom!!

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  24. I'm an SLP and my students get rewarded with smelly stickers at the end of every session for good behavior. It's crazy that even fifth graders will work for that tiny sticker haha!

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  25. I'm so excited to have a VIP table for the first time this year.!!!

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  26. Mr.Sketch! Awesome idea! My kiddos usually get a smelly star on completed assignments, so this is taking it to the next level!!

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  27. This is great. I did VIP student at the end of last year to help with behavior, but I did a terrible job at keeping it up. Would love to win and this year I will do a better job at keeping it up!! :)

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  28. I use scentos when I star their planners or reading logs, they love smelling them, even in 4th grade ;)

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  29. This is seriously the best idea! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  30. I love the rebranding!!
    Also love all the details for implementing the VIP caddy. I tried a VIP table last year- but didn't do a great job of implementing it.

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  31. I absolutely love this idea. I think since it's a caddy I'm going to use it as a way to motivate tables to make good choices. So it'll be a VIP table. I can't wait to implement this.

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  32. I use Mr. Sketch, but I would love to try the silly scents !!

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  33. I love smelly markers so much! The VIP caddy is such a great idea!

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  34. Great post! I like your philosophy with erasers and mistakes!!
    I also appreciate your clear rules for the VIP caddy!

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  35. Everything that writes rainbow colors and smells great!!!

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  36. Thank you so much for the opportunity! Truly generous!!

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  37. I love ❤️ Mr. Sketch Smelly Markers and so do my firsties. ����

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  38. Awesome giveaway! I use Mr. Sketch markers for my anchor charts...the kids always want to sniff them when we're done creating them :)

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  39. Oh my goodness!!! Allllll the smelly things!! ❤️ I love it. I'm a first year first grade teacher and I think my firsties would love this! Definitely going to have to implement this into my classroom! You always have such fun ideas.

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  40. Love this idea! I've only used the smelly markers.

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  41. Thank you for this post! So many great ideas.i normally have a note pad and smelly markers but this is way cuter.

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