Monarch Butterflies Craft and Activity Book

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Any fans of Eric Carle in the house???  The book I want to highlight today happens to be my youngest son's favorite book right now. Even at age two, Mason can recite this book word-for-word and he absolutely loves it. Have you read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"? Years ago the kids and I were playing outside and my 2 youngest children at the time (ages 3 and 2) were fascinated by all the butterflies flying around. So with the help of some of my old teaching resources, I put together a fun … [Read more...]

Free mason jar teacher gift tags

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It's almost here. I can taste it. The end of the school year is finally within reach! Quite honestly though, I have mixed emotions.  I treasure the quiet time when my kids are at school, but I'm so looking forward to not fighting over getting homework done, having to get them to places, etc. Where do you stand on your feelings of school being over? I do, however, absolutely love their teachers and think they do an amazing job at helping my kids grow.  I asked on Facebook a little while b … [Read more...]

Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

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Only one more week of school for us here in Arizona, which means it's time to show those awesome teachers just how much you appreciate them! I've seen so many cute teacher appreciation week ideas and today I'd like to share some of my favorites. Take a look: 1. Make your own Personalized Notepad from How Does She? 2. Give your teacher a Decorated Goody Box from Eighteen25 3. Water Bottle teacher gift with Printable from Lisa Storms 4. Take Note teacher gift from The Teacher … [Read more...]

Make Learning to Read Fun with a Doorknob Mailbox

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Learning to read is hard! And it can often become stressful and frustrating for both the child and the parents. Years ago, I stumbled on this neat way to help my daughters master reading while keeping things fun and making some special memories along the way! When my oldest of four daughters came home from preschool after a Valentine's Day party with a "mailbox" full of Valentines, that mailbox eventually ended up on her doorknob. That led to me leaving her "mail", and she thought it was … [Read more...]

Journal Sticks

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My daughter's teacher asked if I could come up with a fun way to display the journaling prompts she would give the class for journal time. I came up  with this fun journal sticks idea, here is what I did: The teacher gave me a typed list of prompts on plain white paper. If you need ideas for prompts, google "Kids Journal Prompts"- a bazillion results will come up! I took some popsicle sticks and dipped half of each stick into watered-down green paint and then dipped the other half into … [Read more...]