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
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
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?
*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* Our students are young and are still discovering how they fit in to the world around them. Whether your students are in grade 1 or grade 9, you will need self esteem activities to help build their confidence. Our students live between two worlds, their home life and their social life. As teachers, we have a unique window into their social life and it is our responsibility to teach our students how to navigate themselves while feeling proud, strong and encouraged with who they are. Here are some wonderful self esteem activities and books for you to explore: Get students to acknowledge their strengths: Allow students an opportunityContinue reading
There is no feeling in the world like knowing you’ve inspired real change in your students. These ideas will give you just that feeling. Encouraging your students to give back to their peers, families and greater community is a lesson that will leave a lasting impact. You’ll feel proud knowing you’ve pointed your students towards community service and your students will feel spirited and encouraged seeing the difference they’ve made. You cant go wrong with this type of project. Here are 6 community service ideas for students that will make a difference and inspire! 1. Start small: Starting a community service project doesn’t have to be a daunting endeavor. It can be as simple asContinue reading