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

The perfect DIY craft for teacher appreciation week: personalized gift card holders!
Crafts & DIY

DIY Gift Card Holders – Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week (May 1st-May 5th) is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Being a teacher is often underestimated.  It’s a tough job, with lots of demands and even more responsibilities.  Teachers are tasked with caring for our most valuable and precious community members.  We spend our day in school, and our nights marking or filling in report cards, planning for the next day or gathering thoughts for parent interviews.  It’s a taxing job, but a rewarding one!  Every so often, little tokens of gratitude help to brighten our day.  If you have a great teacher or know one that you want to thank, I’ve got the perfect DIY for you to try out: Gift Card Holders! Materials NeededContinue 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

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

Conversation is such a powerful educational tool. These are 3 powerful conversation starters for the kids in your life.
On Being A Parent

Conversation Starters for Kids

Sometimes, the most important thing I can do for my child is talk to her. Conversation is such a powerful educational tool.  It gives us the power to: Create emotional connections Tell and rephrase stories Engage in dialogue exchange Build ideas Enhance vocabulary, and Strengthen social skills. I know that as parents and educators we often look for “busy-activities”.  Things we can give our kids and have them do independently, while we tend to whatever it is we need to tend to.  However, we should also invest in conversations in a habitual way. Our kids and students need to know that they have our supportive ear, our care and concern and most importantly an open channel to expressContinue reading

Resource Reviews

Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad – Review & Activity Ideas

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* On a recent trip to Indigo, I spotted this Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad, and I knew I had to get it for my daughter!  I was sold at the sight of the word “reusable” :D. General Thoughts As soon as we opened it up, the first thing I noticed was the quality of the pages and the stickers.  They had a glossy coating, which didn’t easily tear.  The best part: the stickers are not sticky! They adhere to the page and don’t fall off, BUT they can easily be peeled off and reapplied as if new. So, naturally I started thinking about how to turn thisContinue 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

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