Teach kids how to write letters with this great "parts of a letter" poster with cards.
Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Parts of a Letter – Poster Cards

I love teaching kids about writing letters.  It feels like a lost form of communication in our time, but it’s still an important and relevant writing genre.  Students will need lots of examples to show them the various components of a letter.  It also helps to have students do lots of practice and write to famous authors, public figures, family members or to each other.  Here is my Parts of a Letter – Poster Card set, available on Teachers Pay Teachers: This is a great way to visibly show students each part of a letter.  Each section is labelled and has a coordinating explanation card, which further details what each section is and provides examples.Continue reading

Important lessons when having your second child.
Motherhood, On Being A Parent, Parenthood

Lessons I Learned When Welcoming Baby #2

I’ve recently taken a little hiatus from a lot in life; but it’s for a good reason.  My little family recently welcomed our 2nd precious little baby girl.  While it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions and new experiences, it’s been a truly beautiful time.  Through this experience, I learned many new things.  Even though this is my second child, there were a lot of new experiences to be had and lessons to be learned. This post is dedicated to sharing just some of what I have come to know while welcoming baby #2 :). Labour & Delivery Remember this lovely experience?  If you’ve been through it before, how can you not! My main lesson learned here is toContinue reading

A list of summer research projects for kids that will have kids enjoying their summer even more!
Seasons, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Summer Research Projects for Kids

Summer vacation will undoubtedly be filled with many fun activities for kids to enjoy.  This doesn’t mean we can find small ways of keeping up studious habits, while still enjoying the break.  So, I’ve put together a list of summer research project for kids, that will get your kids excited about learning and also implementing their new found knowledge.  Here we go: Planet Research Have your kids research various planets, our solar system or the stars.  You could take them to a local science center or planetarium.  They could also supplement their research online (and which kid doesn’t love a reason to use the internet :)).  The best part: on a nice summer night, take theContinue reading

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Seasons, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Using Summer Fun To Educate Kids

With summer in full swing, many parents fear that their kids will forget the valuable educational lessons they learned throughout the school year.  But, this doesn’t have to be the case.  There is a way to allow your kids to enjoy the full adventures of summer fun, while also sneaking in some valuable lessons.  Here are some wonderful summer lessons for kids! Explore Different Creatures As the weather improves, children have the chance to see various creatures in their natural habitats. Celebrate this by learning about various creatures and how they live and eat.  One great way to commemorate this is to build a bird feeder.  Another idea is to take your children on a crittersContinue reading

Great ideas to teach kids about Ramadan!
Inspiring Students, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Teach Kids About Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is fast approaching.  It is a time for Muslims young and old to participate in extra acts of worship and good will.  Whether you’re looking for ways to diversify your classroom or teach your kids the personal importance of Ramadan, here are some ways to talk about the month! Phases of the Moon The month of Ramadan begins with the sighting of a new moon.  This is the perfect opportunity to teach young kids the phases of the moon.  Take a look at this simple craft, for kids of any age! Mosque Diorama During the month of Ramadan, men, women and children frequent their local mosques in the evening to breakContinue reading

Follow these steps to create the perfect reading corner!
Book Corner, Classroom Organizaion, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

How To Create a Perfect Reading Corner

Is any classroom (or any room for that matter :D) complete without a designated reading corner?  It’s the calm serene spot of the room, where kids (and adults) can go to enjoy a favorite story or embark on a new reading journey.  Here are some of my favorite ways to create a perfect reading corner. The Company of Furry Friends Spark student imagination by allowing them a furry reading buddy.  They can cuddle up with a stuffed toy for added comfort and coziness to make their reading more enjoyable.  I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t appreciate this :). Make It Cozy & Colorful The goal here is to get kids excited about usingContinue reading

These posters will brighten up your classroom and provide your students with useful knowledge about media literacy (and the purpose of an ad)!
Media Literacy, Reading, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Lessons About Advertisements

I recently launched a poster set about The Purpose of Ads, and this post is all about how to best use these posters to effectively teach your students lessons about advertisements.  Let’s go! 😀 *Please note all watermarks on the posters will not be visible on purchases* Persuade This poster teaches kids all about the persuasive aspects of advertisements. Reinforcement activities   Attract This poster teaches kids about how to make advertisements attract viewers. Reinforcement activities   Target Audience This poster teaches kids how advertisements target an audience. Reinforcement activities   How would you best use this poster set?

A wonderful list of steps and lessons for teaching character traits.
Reading, Reading Strategies, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Teaching Character Traits

Often times, when kids read a story, they’ll love a certain character, relate to the character and learn valuable lessons.  But sometimes, the most valuable lessons are buried deep within a story’s framework, which means that kids need reading strategies to best understand a story and character’s full value.  One such reading strategy is determining character traits.  This is important because it allows students to examine characters and their growth, helps them obtain more meaning out of texts and helps them become more conscientious readers.  Here are a list of steps to help with teaching character traits.   Brainstorm Vocabulary for Traits and Emotions There is a long list of adjectives we can use to describeContinue reading

A cross-curricular book study about the book Nightly News with Safa. Topics include: media literacy, writing with details, reading skills and character development. The package also includes two rubrics, and a student self-assessment section.
Book Corner, Freebies, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Book Study Freebie – Nightly News with Safa

For those of you who have read and enjoyed Nightly News with Safa, here is a free book study package for you and your students/kids!  This is a cross-curricular book study and includes topics such as media literacy, writing with details, reading skills and character development. The package also includes two rubrics, and a student self-assessment section. Here are some snapshots of just some of the 13 pages in this package: If you like this package, please share it with friends, parents and colleagues.  Also, feel free to submit some student sample work for a shout out on our Instagram and Facebook page! Happy Reading!