End Of The Year

4 Gifts For Teachers That They Actually Want

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* At the end of the year, some students & parents opt to give their teacher a small token of appreciation.  So I’ve put together a list of 4 gifts for teachers that they actually want & find useful.  As a teacher, I can tell you that (even though it is dearly appreciated) some personal items are not relevant to all teachers.  For example, a box of chocolates may not be suitable for a teacher with an allergy or dietary constraint.  However, I can tell you that we certainly appreciate the thought and admire the effort.  Check out the list below if you’re interested in getting your child’sContinue reading

Classroom Management, End Of The Year

Top 4 Creative Student Awards

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* Throughout the year, and especially as the year ends, we often look to acknowledge our students’ strengths as a way to give them encouragement and keep them motivated.  It’s also common to hand out student awards for overall achievement at the end of the year as a way to celebrate their efforts. But, in all honesty, this can get kind of boring.  So, I give you: the top 4 creative student awards that you MUST try! 1. Ribbons This is unlike your typical certificate because students can wear them and display them with pride to all their classmates.  There is something so rewarding in receiving a ribbon!Continue reading

End Of The Year

8 Amazing End of the Year Activities

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* The end of the school year is a special time.  It’s brimming with excitement and promise, while also garnering reflection over the year that passed.  When this time rolls around teachers are mostly done with their core curriculum and find themselves with more time to try new and creative lesson ideas they couldn’t otherwise do.  However, this time shouldn’t be squandered or eagerly passed, there are really useful lessons to be had.  Here are 8 amazing end of the year activities every teacher must try! 1. Go Out with A Bang… or a pop? Leave a lasting impression of your creativity with your students.  Make the last fewContinue reading

Classroom Organizaion, End Of The Year

7 End of the Year Classroom Clean-up Tips

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* Ok, so I know it’s not quite time to start clearing your desk, walls and student belongings, but getting an early start on your end of the year classroom clean-up is imperative!  It makes life so much simpler.  You’ll be more organized, productive and frankly happier for taking these steps early on. 1. Before all else, take pictures: You’ll definitely thank yourself later for this step.  I used to pull up old pictures of my classroom when I was stumped on how to set up a specific section for the new school year.  This is really helpful because sometimes you either want to avoid or follow specificContinue reading

End Of The Year

7 Amazing End of the Year Gift Ideas For Students

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* The end of the school year is so wonderful!  Teachers and students alike daydream about all the wonderful things to come.  However, it’s also a time of reflection over the year that passed, and for many it has a tinge of sadness about the things that will be missed. For these reasons, many teachers give their students parting gifts commemorating the year and looking forward to the next.  Oh, and there is no need to spend a fortune, most students are perfectly happy receiving goodies from your local dollar store.  Here are 7 amazing end of the year gift ideas for students that you must see: 1. Pencils AnyContinue 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

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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

5 Fun Pumpkin Lessons For Kids
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5 Fun Pumpkin Lessons For Kids

Pumpkins are arguably the most iconic symbol of the Fall season.  Even better, pumpkins are widely available in stores and homes.  They are awesome when used in decor, recipes and halloween carving fun.  This makes them a perfect object to incorporate into our lessons.  Continue reading below for 5 fun pumpkin lessons for kids! 1. Scientific Procedure First things first, if you have an untouched pumpkin, then you have the perfect object for a scientific investigation.  Students can be introduced to the idea of a hypothesis in which they can take guesses as to what is inside the pumpkin.  For example: “I think the pumpkin will have seeds inside of it, because most things that grow fromContinue reading