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Friday, July 11, 2014


I love to travel.
Every year my husband and I travel to a place we've never been.
We want to see the world and meet interesting people.

We just got back from a European trip.
We visited Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

The Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle.

The lovely grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace.

The beautiful city of Budapest & the night view of the Budapest Parliament House.

Happy and safe travels for those of you vacationing!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Back to School Bulletin Boards

Happy Summer!
Time to relax and enjoy!

However, if you are in the mood to gather new ideas for the new school year, here are 2 great sites.

Back to School Bulletin Boards
Please click below to visit Debbie Clements and her 200 plus bulletin board collection.

101 Websites for Elementary Teachers
Please click below to visit Best Teacher Resource for this fabulous list that includes math, language arts, social studies, games, and so much more!
Happy Summer!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Father's Day Favorites

Here are some great ideas for Father's Day!

Please click on the pictures below to link to the directions.

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time Out for Humor

Time out for some humor.
I hope it brightens your day.
Here are some of my favorites.

Wishing you lots of joy and laughter!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mother's Day Cards

Do you need some cute Mother's Day card ideas?

Here are a few of my favorites.

Cupcake Magnet Card.  Free template included. Please click on the picture to link.

Firefly "You Light Up My Life". Free printable. Please click on the picture.

The flowers on this card are kid's fingerprints. Please click on the picture.

If you are interest in making a memorable paper plate craft, card, and decorated envelope (used a the wrapping paper) please click below and link to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to have a look.

Happy Special Day!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hey, Little Ant

Should the ant get squished?
Should the ant go free?

Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose is a wonderful story for discussing diversity, tolerance, and respect. (To view the book please click on the picture to link to amazon.com)

A kid spies a little ant in a crack in a sidewalk. He begins a conversation with the little ant about squishing him. Of course the ant begs the kid not to step on him.

Their conversation continues with the discussion of large verses small, comparing the ant's life to the kid's life, and then looking at the situation from the ant's point of view. The kid also cites peer pressure for squishing the ant.

The beauty of this book is that there is no ending to the story. The last page simply asks the question…What do you think that kid should do? (To squish or not to squish?)

This lends for a great class discussion about what is the right or wrong thing to do. Not everyone agrees on what that is. That's why asking your students to defend their answers is quite an eye opener for everyone.

Extending the Reading Experience:
To help children understand and connect to this book, I have added a new product to my
Teachers Pay Teacher's Store called Hey, Little Ant Comprehension Question & Answer Sticks & Craft.

Children need to think and talk about what they have read or what has been read to them.  These question and answer sticks are one way to support literacy and stretch student understanding and appreciation of the story, Hey, Little Ant.  This product also contains an ant art craft with speech bubble that students can make. Please click on the picture to view my TPT product. Thank you.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Easter & Happy Spring Break

Happy Easter and a very happy spring break to all my teacher friends.

Rest, relax, and enjoy the warmer weather!

You are appreciated!

Kind Regards,

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