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I loved teaching.  I have taught K, 1st, 2nd and 5th.   When I was a teacher, I had children needing me all day long.   It didn’t matter if I was reading with another student, testing someone on math or talking to another teacher.  When they needed me, they couldn’t see anything except that I was in the room and available to talk – their hands would go up and be waving like crazy.  They would stand at my desk, starting at me, while I would be talking to someone else (it makes me giggle to think about it- they were so sweet!)

A white card with text on in.

I was glad that my students trusted me enough to know that I would help them if they needed something, but once I had to start doing things like End of Quarter Testing, I had to put a stop to the  interrupting.   I didn’t want the students that were working on their testing to be distracted.

That was when I implemented the Excuse Me card.    I had a sheet of paper and I laminated it.  It said Excuse Me and left a blank space for the child to write.   Each time that they needed me… whether I was testing another child or talking to a teacher, they could slip me an excuse me card.

The card said “excuse me” on the top with 3 lines on the bottom for them to write what they needed.
Example:  “Excuse me…   Can I have a drink of water?”    or “Excuse me… Can I exchange my book at the library?”   It was easy for me to answer with a head nod or shake.

Excuse me card 1

You can print as many as you want here  (The cost is $0.99 to have access & then you can print as many as you need)
You will have 4 per sheet (your copy won’t say SAMPLE 🙂   

SAMPLE excuse me card (sheet)

We have been able to implement the excuse me cards into our routine at home for phone calls.  It works wonders.  If I am on a phone call and the kids need me, they will slip me an Excuse Me Card.    I can help them right away without having to stop my conversation.   It is great when I am on an important call.   Our 3 year old doesn’t understand yet, so she does the rule of touching my arm with her hand until I find a breaking point in my conversation.

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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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