Fun plant posters & seed journal, perfect for a plant growth unit or Earth Day!
Science, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Fun Plant Posters & Seed Journal

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

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

TV Craft – Displaying Our Good News

My daughter is not yet of school age, so when we read Nightly News with Safa, she can’t really relate to the good news Safa shares.  So, we created our own little TV craft, filled with the things my daughter thinks of as good news.  We just brainstormed all of the things that made her happy, and modified this adorable craft from hello, Wonderful.  Check it out & try it with your little ones! What You’ll Need: An empty cardboard box, with a window. Two paper towel rolls Paint OR construction paper Rubber bands A long roll of paper (even parchment paper could work) The usuals: coloring tools, scissors & tape Step #1 – PrepareContinue reading

Three fun card games that teach students shape recognition. Polygon War, Memory Game, and Shape Dominoes.
Centers, Games, Math, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

PolyGames – Polygon Card Games

How do I say this politely…. I suck at Math :D.  I have all of my life.  So, whenever it comes to teaching Math to my students, I try my best to think of ways to make it fun, creative and overall something to look forward to.  I don’t want kids to feel the way I did whenever Math period approached.  Let’s make our Math lessons something to cheer about, so that kids don’t get lost in the tough concepts.  To start, check out my idea for polygon card games called PolyGames!  Here’s a look:   Here is a closer look at each game: Polygon War This is a twist on the original card gameContinue reading

Art, On Being A Parent

Mother-Daughter Painting Activity

My daughter shows a fond interest in art.  She loves all things painting, coloring, molding, etc.  I really wanted to nurture that interest, and so we’ve started a new mother-daughter tradition: canvas painting.  The idea is: we each get a canvas, or share one, and paint art that conveys a message or theme we’ve been talking about.  We’ll display our art in my daughter’s room as a reminder of the experience we shared, and will switch up the wall displays with each new art adventure we take :).  Here is our first set of canvases: The Theme/Message: We chose to have a star theme.  “Reach for the stars” is the first quote that came to myContinue reading

This fun math craft, will have you reusing everyday household waste, while creating a memorable learning experience for kids!
Math, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

NumberBot Craft

If you follow me on instagram, you know I love taking everyday waste items and turning them into something purposeful.  That’s how this craft came about.  I saw I had an empty pasta box and a bare paper towel roll.  The shape of the box immediately made me think of some kind of robot, and numberbot was born!  His food of choice? Numbers! When he’s full, take the numbers out and add them, sort them, create a pattern… whatever you want! Here are the steps to create your own numberbot. Step 1 – Materials You’ll need: an empty box with a see-through window a paper towel roll paint straws or pipe-cleaners glue/tape scissors Step 2: PrepareContinue reading

An adorable, lovey-dovey Valentine's Day center activities package! Receive 6 fun center activities ranging in curriculum topics such as: Math, Science, Writing and Art. Each center activity comes with it's own instruction page, for absolute clarity. Your class will love showing their Valentine's Day spirit, while still learning with these creative activities.
Art, Centers, Cross-Curricular Connections, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Valentine’s Day – Center Activities Package

We could all use a little more love right now; that’s why I’m excited to share my newest TPT package with you!  It’s a Valentine’s Day inspired center activities package!  Don’t want to set up centers? No problem! Use each activity as a morning activity/warm-up or as lessons on their own.  It contains 6 fun activities, with instructions.  Here is a closer look at the package: Center Activity #1: Each center activity comes with an instructions page, so that students can have a reference point when working on their activity. This activity gets students creating mosaic art!  They simply tear or cut construction or gift tissue paper, and label each piece with things they love.Continue reading

In this advertising unit, students will be asked to identify and create their own techniques in a series of wonderful activities. This unit includes graphic organizers, checklists, rubrics, teaching tips, self assessments and more. Also included is a colorful and engaging poster set about the purpose of advertisements.
Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Unit Plans

Advertising Unit & Poster Set

Teaching kids the ins and outs of advertising can be a lot of fun, especially since marketers can target kids so effectively.  I’ve noticed that students love media literacy topics, especially the idea of creating their own ads.  That’s why I’ve come up with the perfect advertising unit for your students.  The unit package includes a great classroom poster to display on your bulletin boards. Poster Set After going through the posters and discussing ad techniques, it’s time to start the unit! Teaching Tips Attract In the first section, students are asked to plan an ad meant to attract customers.  They start off with a graphic organizer to help effectively plan just how they will attract buyers.  HereContinue reading

Fractions, Math, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Fraction Activity – The Best Parts of Me

Whether you’re looking for a fun fractions activity or looking to build your students’ self-esteem, look no further :D.  I’ve got a cross-curricular fractions activity that will get your students practicing both their math and writing skills.  Oh, and it’s a super-hero themed activity to boot. The package includes an introductory brainstorming page.  This is where students are meant to think about their greatest qualities, and list them: Next, students begin drawing out their superhero image, and label a fractioned circle: These superheroes would be great as a way to decorate a bulletin board.  Either cut out the superhero figures, or clue the page onto a construction paper backing.  The package also includes clipart images,Continue reading

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Parts of a Letter – Poster & Worksheet Set

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 and Worksheet 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 providesContinue reading

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

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