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Teaching Peace to Kids and MLK resources... Start here.....

Hello Friends,

I just posted on our Blog Hoppin' blog with a few ideas for teaching peace and acceptance to kids. There are also links to some amazing MLK resources that were written by my friends at Blog Hoppin'. My newest resource can be found there as well as in my TPT store.

Click the image below to take you to my TPT store.....

If you click the image below, it will take you to my Blog Hoppin' post.... there you will also find a few freebies.....
Until next time,


A Winter Snowman Math Craftivity - Freebie

Hello Friends,

I thought that I would share with you a winter math project that is easy to do and requires little prep.

First, fold 12" x 18" blue construction paper lengthwise. Unfold. Tell children that they will be painting 2 snowmen; one on each side of the fold. My students used sponges to paint both the ground line and snowmen. Before they began painting, I told the kids to make sure that they left room for the words on the bottom of the paper.

They then added details with paint and scrapbook paper. After both snowmen were created, students  added buttons to each snowman. Each snowman must have a different amount of buttons. We used large sequins glued onto the wet paint with white glue for buttons.

When each snowman was finished, they completed the math sheet and glued to the bottom of the paper.

Click HERE for the words.

Until next time!


Happy New Year pack - Hello 2017!

Hello my friends, the end of 2016 certainly ended with a bang for me... While skiing in Wisconsin over Christmas break, my youngest son had a bad fall and ended up breaking his sternum and tibia. Looking back, I am very thankful that this is ALL that happened. It certainly could have been, as this new year comes, my resolution is to be thankful for all the little things in my life and let the big things slide away!

If you are looking for something easy and fun to do with your students as you return to school, this "Happy New Year resolution" FREE resource might be just what you are looking for! It's a fun way to begin the new year as your little ones return to school.

Click either image above to take you to the resource.

Happy New Year, my friends!

Until next time,


Christmas calendar - kid photos, kindness elves with a twist, an EASY Christmas tree Math activity, gingerbread houses, and a break...

Hello Friends,

A few weeks ago, I shared with you my idea for a calendar gift that did not involve hand prints. I thought I would share with you the finished product pages from one of my students. We made a few changes from my previous post. I have to say that even though there is no paint mess with these pages, it STILL takes a long time to create. I would suggest starting it MUCH earlier than I did. We did one page a day for 3 weeks and that was a bit crazy. I think next year, I will start it earlier and only do a couple months a week.

I LOVE using Kindness elves in my classroom! This year, I changed it just a little. Instead of moving the elves around each day, I took photos of the elves in various places in my classroom. 

Then I imported the photos onto notes that were left in the place where the photos were taken. The elves left a note on the first day telling the kids that they were in the classroom, but they could not see them until they started seeing KINDNESS in the classroom. Here is the first note: 

Here are a few examples of the notes they left:

On the day before they left, they showed themselves to the kids congratulating them on all the random acts of kindness that they saw occurring in the classroom. On the LAST day, they left the kids a few classroom gifts; one of them being this classroom book about paying it forward...

We made these Christmas tree math ornament trees. The kids colored the ornaments with red and yellow oil crayons and then used green water paint for the tree. They added construction paper gifts and did the math story problem. Easy peasey! You can click the photo below for the words and Christmas tree.

I have been doing gingerbread house making with my class for over 20 years and with my family for that long or longer!

But even after doing them for that long, we still have building malfunctions. This little guy's roof caved in and it needed some repair work!

So, that's it for now, my friends.... I will be taking a short break from blogging, Facebook, and all things school for awhile. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Until next time,


Kid's Art Calendar - not handprints

Hello Friends,

We have been making handprint calendars as a gift for the parents of our kiddos for many years. They are really, really cute.... BUT....... painting the hands of an ENTIRE classroom takes a ton of time.... So...... I decided to come up with a way to still do the calendar, but in a way that my students can do independently with no paint.....

Now..... there is no way AT ALL that my kiddos could have done these pages independently even a month ago. But, they have been following step-by-step directions since school started and have become pretty confident at following them by themselves. So........ this is what I came up with.... they are doing pretty good, so far..... ☺

The background paper is 8 1/2" x 11" construction paper. I gave my students card stock "tracers" to ensure that the shapes were large enough to fill the paper. They used oil crayons to add details (for every month but January.)  All months were made from paper cut-outs except November. November is simply a traditional hand turkey that is colored with oil crayons.

I'll post some of the pages that my kiddos do soon...

Until next time,