When kids love a story (especially one with a moral, diverse characters and plenty of great language) I like to make it a focus of study. In that spirit, I created a free book study resource of Zaid and the Gigantic Cloud. The book study is meant to reinforce effective reading strategies such as: – Predictions – Mental Images – Inference – Making Connections – Summarizing – Identifying Story Elements The package includes 8 worksheets, with each one reinforcing a different reading strategy. This is a perfect way to get kids to make more meaning out of their texts and engage with stories. Give it a try and leave a comment telling me what youContinue reading
A star themed classroom is probably one of the most common themes out there. For me though, that doesn’t make it less special. I get it: stars are empowering, grand and inspirational. It’s a wonderful analogy to give to our students and can be used in lots of creative ways. Check out my ways to get the best star themed classroom. Work It Into Your Classroom Management Stars are a super easy theme to work into your classroom management methods. They are a great way to track progress, and reward students for their effort. It naturally provides such a warm tone to any classroom management strategies as it leans easily towards positive reinforcement.Continue reading
My daughter will be starting kindergarten this September, and I’ve been thinking of ways to get her ready for this huge milestone. One thing I’d really like to help her with is spelling her name. Even if she can’t write it out herself, I want to get her familiar with the spelling and letter-sounds involved. It’s a great way to get kids feeling responsible for their classwork, identifying their belongings and is a nice transition towards writing. Here are my 5 favorite name spelling practice ideas! Playdoh Practice My daughter is a bit obsessed with playdoh and finds any excuse to use it. I have a hunch that most kids would jump at a chanceContinue 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?
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
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
For all the homeschooling moms out there, I know you’ll probably need a break from everything while fasting. That’s why I creating this free Ramadan themed math package, just for you. It’s perfect for ages 7+ and includes concepts such as data management and number sense. There are 5 fun activities (which means you could do one or two a week during Ramadan). Enjoy, and let me know what you think! Five Math Activities: Tally Chart & Pictograph: Calendar Number Chart & Directional Grid: Venn Diagram for Sorting: Please share and tag @myeverydayclassroom!
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
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
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