Arctic Animals

We are in the midst of January and in my class that means that it is time for Arctic Animals!  We've been working on reading non-fiction texts and improving our informational writing skills.  To complement these ideas (and to generate some cold weather excitement), I created this arctic animals packet!  It is packed full of so many fabulous activities that you and your students will love.  Take a look!




One of my favorite features of this packet is that it has cross-curricular connections that put on arctic spin on the other content you may be working on!

Click here or on any of the images to grab your own arctic animals packet!

Happy Teaching!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I am so excited about having something of a fresh start, and about all that the new year of 2019 will bring.  I don't have to be back at school until Thursday (thank goodness for a few more days of yoga pants and messy buns!), but I have been prepping a few things to make my transition after winter break a little easier for myself and for my students (and maybe for you too!).  Here are a few of the resources I am going to be using:


I can hardly wait to do this low-prep craftivity with my students.  It is going to be the perfect thing for our first day back: easy for me, fun for my students!

Click HERE or below to grab it for yourself!

I am planning on drawing from a few of my older resources including this FREE winter break writing packet, and my January packet full of math and literacy activities.  Click on the pictures to get them too!



New Year's Resolutions

New Year's resolutions frequently get a bad rap, which is somewhat understandable considering most people (including yours truly) tend to set impossible goals for themselves.  My philosophy is that small consistent efforts are what really help you accomplish these things.  And since we are on the heels of a relaxing break from school (and I'm feeling more refreshed and renewed than I have since June!), now is a perfect time to set a few small and simple (yet powerful) goals as teachers.

1. Be genuine, true to yourself, and avoid comparing your teaching to that of others.  It's been said before and I will say it again, that teachers are perfectionists.  We love for our lessons to be perfect, our classrooms to be spotless, our students to be angelic, not to mention our love of glowing feedback from administrators.  That's fine, but when you compare your everyday average teaching (which really is pretty good) to the all-star lessons you catch glimpses of on Pinterest and Instagram, it can be downright depressing.  Have realistic expectations of yourself and strive to be just a little bit better here and there.  It will add up!  And whatever you do, avoid that dumb comparison game.

2. Think of each of your students as a whole person with unique qualities, needs, and wonderful complexities.  Strive to make connections with them by simply listening to them and being empathetic.  Create some room in your schedule for them to be explorers, creatives, and collaborators.  Heck, let them play!  Read them stories without an objective other than enjoying a story together. Praise them for their strengths and contributions; let them know that they are needed.

3. Be gentle with yourself.  You have one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs in the world.  While it is wonderful, it is not easy.  Remember to take care of your own needs.  Carve out a little time for yourself during the school day, even if it is just to take a few deep breaths.  Above all, remember that you are enough...simply because you are trying to be.  I don't want to get too sappy here, but you really are so important to your little people and to society as a whole.  Don't underestimate the effect that your efforts will have, in the present and in the future.  You got this, teacher!

Those are the things that I want to remember as I head into 2019.  I made myself a little printable that aligns with my resolutions and my plan is to display it on my desk.  Feel free to grab it for yourself (click here or on the image below). Hopefully it will help us remember that it is the small and consistent efforts each day that lead to great teaching. 

Happy New Year, teacher friends!
Oh, and if you are looking for a few resources to help you with the first few days of school after winter break, I've got some good stuff I'll be sharing soon...stay tuned!

November Door Decoration

I cannot believe how quickly October flew by!  Here we are thinking about turkeys and cornucopias and things we are grateful for!  I absolutely love November and was so excited to create a fun door decoration for our classroom this month.

Each student was given a paper leaf on which they wrote something that they are grateful for.  This actually led to a really decent class discussion about gratitude and the importance of saying, "thank you".

I created a packet that includes everything you need (words, turkey, leaves, directions, etc.) to put together your own darling November door!

You can purchase this door decoration kit for yourself by clicking here or on the button below!

October Door Decor!

I had such a blast creating a fun decorative door last month that I just had to do it again for October!  After a bit of brainstorming, cutting, rearranging, and gluing, here is the finished product!

My students each created their own darling little pumpkin for the door.  They LOVED contributing and I love how each one is totally unique and reflects their big personalities! 

I've compiled everything that you need to make your own October door.  I get so many compliments on this and I know that you will too!  The packet includes the font and clipart templates, as well as detailed directions to help you make your own masterpiece.  It really isn't hard at all, and you will love the finished product!

You can get this door decor kit by clicking the link below.  Keep an eye out for more kits coming soon!  I have something REALLY cute in mind for November so make sure you follow along and subscribe so you don't miss out!

Halloween Classroom Party Kit

Halloween is just around the corner and that means it is time for our first classroom party!  My first graders are already building up excitement and, with such enthusiastic anticipation, I do not want our party to be a flop!  My room parents usually run the show (bless them), but I like to give them tips about having a successful party.  Stations are a must!  Having students in small groups that rotate around to different activities (led by a parent volunteer) ensure that everyone knows what is going on and is having a good time.

I'm excited to share with you today a little something that will make your party planning super easy this year!  I have created a brand new packet, a Classroom Halloween Party Kit, with all of the materials and directions that you (or your volunteers) need to throw a successful and fabulous party.  The prep isn't time-consuming, and the activities are varied and super fun!  Here's a closer look at what you will find in this party kit:

This section includes an invitation you can customize, volunteer sign-ups, materials checklist, and thank you notes for your volunteers.

This section includes a darling bunting, door decoration, and various Halloween accents to get the environment just right for your party.

This section includes a bunch of engaging, yet simple-to-prep stations.  Choose as many as you need, I promise your kids will love them!

As you can see, this packet is full of really awesome resources to help make your classroom Halloween party a fabulous success!  This packet will be on sale throughout the rest of the week, so make sure you grab one quickly!

Happy Teaching!