Category: Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Amazing ideas for Eid gift favors that are under $10!
Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

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

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

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

4 Ways To Make Ramadan Educational

The month of Ramadan is approaching, and Muslims around the world are gearing up to celebrate it.  If you don’t yet know, Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims, who are encouraged to fast during daylight hours, give in charity and be God-conscious.  There are a lot of lessons to be learned during this month, and we can use it to educate our children.  Take a look below for 4 ways to make Ramadan educational. 1. Teach Goal Setting Ramadan is a great time to teach our kids about goal setting, which will help promote a growth mindset.  I absolutely love Little Wings Gallery’s “Ramadan Goals” printable.  It’s great when kids see their goals in a visual format.Continue reading

Book Corner, My Writing

My Latest Book: Zaid and the Gigantic Cloud

A couple of years ago, being a “children’s author” was just a dream I had.  It was a fantasy, and just that. Fast forward to today and here I am announcing my second children’s book: Zaid and the Gigantic Cloud. With each book I wrote, I began the writing process because I was grappling with something.  It’s common, I guess, for people to find repose in writing.  However, each time I felt the urge to write I found myself heading towards my most beloved state… a mother, a teacher.  I wrote my feelings and ambitions out as children’s stories… because surely if I was grappling with something, I would want to equip our most precious communityContinue reading

Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Adorable Mother’s Day Coupon Booklet

I’ve got an adorable little activity for your students to work on this Mother’s Day! It’s a super cute coupon booklet. Students will get to create and design coupons to give to their moms. This is a great way to encourage kids to think about the ways they can show appreciation to their mothers, and will promote some actual at-home action for Mother’s Day. The package contains both a colored and black and white version of the booklet pages for your choosing. Your students will have so much fun coming up with coupon ideas!  Check it out below: Black & White Version This is the black and white version colored in, filled out and ready toContinue reading

Show your students that retelling a story can be creative and fun, with this story retell package! Use all of them for one story, or read multiple stories for each activity. These also make great center worksheets.
Reading, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Story Retell Activities

This week (May 1st-May 7th) is Children’s Book Week!  As an adult, I’m a tad bit obsessed with children’s books, which I know sounds weird.  However, read the right ones and you’ll realize how amazing they can be.  They hold important messages in sweet little packages, and are a key to our children’s future success and learning.  So, how do we equip our young readers with the right strategies to enjoy and comprehend the books intended for them?  One way is through story retelling or summarizing. Retelling a story is an important reading strategy and measure of comprehension.  It lays the foundation for students to be able to summarize effectively, discuss important concepts and overallContinue reading

Crafts & DIY, Earth Day, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

Fun Water Bottle Crafts

Earth Day is this week!  Let’s teach our kids about how to turn what looks like trash, into something valuable again.  Now, I usually don’t have plastic water bottles in my home because of their environmental impact.  However, if we ever receive them from restaurants or after a long trip, I keep them and use them in any crafty way I can.  Take a look at 3 fun water bottle crafts my daughter and I have done: Bottle Bangles What you’ll need: an empty water bottle an exacto knife or scissors yarn, ribbon or loose fabric tape any decorations 🙂 My daughter absolutely loved the bangles we created.  In fact she wore them all day!Continue reading

Get your students crafting with this creative take on paragraph writing that will turn your students into green entrepreneurs.
Earth Day, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration, Writing

Recycling Challenge & Paragraph Writing Activity – Earth Day Fun

If you want something memorable, fun and still within your curriculum for Earth Day, you have to try my Re-Create Challenge.  This is a recycling craft with a creative take on paragraph writing.  Take a look at the package below. First of all: take look at just some of the things my daughter and I were able to create from recycled materials: The possibilities are so vast, and your students’ creativity will surprise you!  Here’s a peak into the package: Teacher Instructions I’ve provided you with teacher instructions so that you and your students have the best possible experience! Design Kids first plan out their craft, using the planner below.  Then at the end of the packageContinue reading

Fun egg carton craft ideas!
Crafts & DIY, Earth Day

Fun Egg Carton Crafts

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love repurposing our recyclables into new and creative crafts.  I want my daughter to see how things can fulfill more then one purpose, to understand that not all should be wasted and to see the creative possibilities in the otherwise mundane.  In honor of Earth Day here are our best egg carton craft ideas: 1. Sp-egg-tacles What you’ll need: Empty egg carton Scissors A single hole-puncher Pipe-cleaners Markers or stickers This was such an adorable craft! My daughter walked around the house almost all day wearing her little glasses.  She put them on, and immediately became different characters! All you need to do is cut outContinue reading

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

Crafts & DIY, Earth Day, 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