On Being A Parent

Back to School Survival List for Parents

When my daughter was starting JK I was on the hunt for all of the best tools and resources I should have on hand.  I knew what it was to be a teacher, and I knew what I wanted kids to come to school with.  But, as a parent, this was a whole new world. After some thought and research, I collected what I now call my school survival list for parents. Waterproof Labels I’m smitten over my recent waterproof labels find!  If you have elementary-aged children and want to label their water bottles or containers you need these labels.  I personally used the Emily Press Labels, which are super easy to apply and actually lookContinue reading

Classroom Themes

How To Get The Best Star Themed Classroom

A star themed classroom is probably one of the most common themes out there.  For me though, that doesn’t make it less special.  I get it: stars are empowering, grand and inspirational.  It’s a wonderful analogy to give to our students and can be used in lots of creative ways.  Check out my ways to get the best star themed classroom.     Work It Into Your Classroom Management Stars are a super easy theme to work into your classroom management methods.  They are a great way to track progress, and reward students for their effort.  It naturally provides such a warm tone to any classroom management strategies as it leans easily towards positive reinforcement.Continue reading

Classroom Themes, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Detective Classroom Theme

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* It’s been a while since I posted a fun classroom theme!  So here is a compilation of the best ideas I’ve  seen for an awesome detective classroom theme.  This theme is great because: which kid out there doesn’t fantasize about going to a super secret spy school?  With a theme like this, you’ll have your students feeling like they’re part of a very exclusive and important mission within their school.  So, take out your shades, magnifying glasses and trench coats and check out these awesome ideas for the best detective classroom theme.   Classroom Decor Here are some ways to decorate your class to look like theContinue reading

Classroom Themes

Up Up and Away Classroom Theme

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* I love this up up and away classroom theme!  It suggests something magical and adventurous, and if you combine this with your students imagination you have the perfect mix!  There is something empowering about soaring towards the sky and it’s wonderful imagery to give your students regarding their own journeys throughout the year.  Here are some ideas about an empowering and uplifting up up and away classroom theme: Classroom Decor Here is a great opportunity to give your class a splash of color.  I also love how imitating a blue sky in your room just brightens up the atmosphere.  Seeing all this flight and promise is sureContinue reading

Life...Style :), On Being A Parent

A Tea Party Birthday

We’ve had a really hectic start to our summer, and so I thought I’d skip doing a big birthday party for my girls this year.  However, my daughter really wanted to celebrate her birthday with her cousins… and I just couldn’t say no.  So, we decided to host a casual tea party themed birthday at our home.  This was the best option since we kept the guest list small, the food simple, and the decor store bought.  My daughter is also the ultimate girly girl, so this theme was right up her alley.  Take a look at the details below. General Set Up We tried to go with an elegant setup, that still felt likeContinue reading

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Amazing Eid Gift Favors for Under $10 (coupon codes inside)!

*Read on to find coupon codes* As Eid fast approaches, many of us are starting to think about how to make the day memorable for our kids.  And… if you’re family is full of kids like mine is, that can be a pretty expensive undertaking. But, don’t fret! I’ve come up with the perfect list of Eid gift favors, that are all UNDER $10!  There are so many opportunities to get creative with our Eid gifts.  We can give gifts that get kids playing, problem solving and having fun.  Here is my list of 5 Eid gift favors that (aren’t candy 😀 and) are under $10! 1. Dollar Store Mix & Match The key here is toContinue reading

Awesome ideas to make a kids ramadan basket. Check out our list of freebies and resources that will get your kids excited about Ramadan!
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Kids Ramadan Basket Ideas

As Ramadan approaches, I started to think about ways to engage my children in this wonderful month.  For those of you who may not know, Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims around the world, in which they fast during day time hours and engage in extra worship.  While coming up with this basket I wanted to: Make this month special for my kids, and Ensure that they were engaged in something fun & beneficial This way, I could have some time to reflect and pray without the guilt of having bored children.  A kids Ramadan basket serves as both an exciting gift to mark the commencement of the month, as well as a littleContinue reading

Crafts & DIY, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

8 Genius Ways To Use Popsicle Sticks In The Classroom

I love the idea of turning simple and seemingly useless objects into fun educational resources or toys.  It shows kids the importance of innovating, being creative and valuing what’s around them.  Take a look at all of the fantastic activities I have created and found using mainly popsicle sticks! If you’ve got a stash of popsicle sticks lying around or you’re looking for a fun and creative lesson idea, keep reading! 1. A Probability Game This is such a fun probability game, and it’s super easy to create!  All you need are popsicle sticks, a paper towel roll, scissors and a marble (or small ball of playdough).  See the pictures and captions below for moreContinue reading

Freebies

Comic Writing Contest Winner

The winer of the comic contest is 6 year old Hafsa!! Check out her wonderful comic below:   Comic by the amazing Yes, I’m Hot in ThisWe’ve partnered with the amazing comic author behind Yes, I’m Hot in This to give your students or children a chance at a fun opportunity. Here are all the details (please read carefully): Check out my post about Comic Writing for Kids Download our Comic Strip Writing Package (at the bottom of this page). Have your kids/students complete the package and submit (only) their completed comic strip to myeverydayclassroom@gmail.com Our two teams will choose one lucky winner who will receive a free copy of Nightly News with Safa AND willContinue reading

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Comic Writing For Kids

Comics.  How can something that looks like such a simple literary genre, carry so much weight?  Comics hold the heavy task of pointing at many social, personal, national and political problems.  But…. they can come in such a cute package!  Getting students familiar with this genre can be a very fun task, and one that we should all undertake at some point.  It’s an art to be able to talk about a legitimate issue, with an air of satire or comedy.  Let’s show our kids that they can effect and create change in their world, through literature.  If you want to teach your students comic strip writing, follow these simple steps below: Comic Writing –Continue reading

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Extension Activities for The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot is a modern day tale of a robot that becomes stranded in the wild after an accident. This story is making it’s way across classrooms and into children’s lives, and with good reason.  It’s a captivating comparison of technology and the natural world.  As with all reading materials, they begin to take on more meaning when kids are able to apply what they’ve read in their lives and lessons.  That’s why I’ve created this cross curricular extension activity package.  It combines geometry and paragraph writing.  Keep reading to get a peak into how you can use extension activities for The Wild Robot. 2D Shapes The first part of this package asks kidsContinue reading

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Narrative Writing Plan For Kids

I recently gave a talk about creative narrative writing for 7-9 year olds after a book reading.  Below are my talking points, which you can use in your class or homeschool.  The kids responded really well to the plan and were able to reiterate the story writing process.  They were able to relate to the concepts, so overall it was a great success!  Read on to see the plan and you can find my narrative writing plan on TPT, it comes with and awesome poster set to display on walls.   Part 1: Problem/Solution This is the most basic principle of story writing.  The kids really seem to relate if you compare stories to a sandwich. Continue reading

6 Perfect Picture Books For Struggling Readers
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6 Perfect Picture Books For Struggling Readers

For kids out there who struggle with reading, the thought of picking up a book can be daunting.  Reading a book, whether independently or in a group setting, can either: a) cause a great deal of anxiety or, b) cause students to “check out”, leaving them to miss key details for comprehension.  Whether students are struggling to read the words, or struggling to understand them, I’ve got a list of the 6 perfect picture books for struggling readers. 1. Press Here – By: Herve Tullet Press Here is a fun and interactive book that does not follow a traditional narrative format.  Instead it presents readers with a series of instructions, for which the book garners apparentContinue reading