In order to take an accurate lunch count each day, I bought calendar cut outs in the shape of a school bus and wrote the students' names on them. I laminated the buses and stuck magnetic strips on the backs. I also made two small signs (Lunch From Home & School Lunch) and put magnetic strips on the back. I stuck the signs on the side of my bookcase and the buses on the back of the bookcase. Each student is responsible for moving their bus under the correct sign when they walk in the door. Now all I have to do is count 'School Lunch' buses. This also helps me see who's missing during a very hectic day.