It’s time to appreciate the father’s in our lives, and I’ve got just the activity for you. It’s simple and sweet, which is just what a busy mom needs. Try out my Father’s Day Coupon Booklets! These are perfect to print last minute if you haven’t yet had time to purchase a gift. (Don’t have a teachers pay teachers account? You can find the booklets here) This year we’ll be pairing our coupon books with a hand-painted mug (courtesy of Michaels Canada). Check out the two designs you’ll get: What will you be doing for Father’s Day this year?
Anyone else willing Spring to come on in full force? I know I am, and you’re students probably are too! Help the cause with these fun plant posters and seed journal, which are also perfect for Earth Day (coming up on Apr 22nd). The Posters Your students are going to love these quirky posters! They print beautifully on regular 8×11 paper, and are the perfect addition to your classroom walls or bulletin board. They show the progression of a plant from budding to blooming. Check it out: The Seed Journal In addition to the adorable posters, your students can use this plant pot cut-out and lined sheets to create a little seed journal. Here are the steps toContinue reading
*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
*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
*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
*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
*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
Fall is such a fun time for our students, and gives us teachers some great classroom content! From science, to language, to math and more… the Fall season is full of teaching and learning wonders. It’s also a great time to spruce up our classrooms! Check out some of my favorite fall classroom decor ideas below: 1. Pumpkin Patch Kids 2. Personalized Fall Leaves 3. A Little Hide & Seek 4. Inspire Gratitude 5. Bring in Books Which is your favorite classroom display?
As a teacher, I used to select picture books that reinforced the curriculum I was teaching. If those books included diverse representation and wonderful moral lessons, that was a fantastic bonus! However, as a mom, I sought books in an entirely new way. I searched for books that would show my daughters reflections of themselves and their peers in a positive and empowering light. I sought to show them an embodiment of who they are and can be! That’s how Secret Recipe Box was born. Growing up as a Palestinian-Canadian woman, I *never* once saw myself mirrored in the books before me. This lit a fire underneath me. I wanted to show young readers theContinue reading
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
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 to pick a theme and these favorsContinue reading
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
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