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Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy New Year FREEBIES!

Just around the corner, 2015.
Happy New Year!
Wishing you all the very best for the new year!

Here are some of my favorite classroom New Year's FREEBIES posted from Pinterest.

Happy New Year 2015!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FREE Winter Holiday Writing Papers

I love the colder weather! Love the holidays! Love the months of November and December!

Thanksgiving is fun with the family. However, eating turkey is not my favorite thing. I prefer tri-tip with all of the fixings. And of course, I do enjoy eating pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream.

Then there is December! Ahhhh, so beautiful. Peace and hope for the world.

Please enjoy this FREE Winter Holiday Writing Paper that I put together. Hopefully they will help motivate your students to write. Then color them and maybe even cut out the shapes and perhaps hang them up in your classroom.

Please click on the picture below to download your FREE copy.

You might also be interested in my Treasured Thoughts for December.
This fun product has five thoughtful and creative writing prompts designed to spark you students' imagination. The pages are treasure chest shaped that form a mini-book. There are also two poems that inspire students to reflect and respond. And students can use their artistic talent to create a Christmas, Holiday, December, or Happy Hug. (You choose.)

Happy Holidays!
Stay Healthy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October Freebies

Finally, the weather is feeling like fall! We've had a very hot September and first week of October.

Here are some fun FREE October ideas. Please click on the pictures to link.

If you are looking for a pumpkin resource for your classroom. I have a product for sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Please click below to link.

Happy October,

Friday, September 12, 2014

U.S. Constitution Day - Sept. 17

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Please visit http://www.constitutionday.com for information to share with your children/students about Constitution Day.

Below is a follow up writing and coloring worksheet that you can download for FREE. After you have had a discussion about Constitution Day have your students answer the prompt: What is the Constitution of the United States of America? Then color the worksheet and practice reading the Preamble.

God Bless the USA,

Saturday, August 16, 2014

World's Best Classroom! FREE

School has already begun for so many teachers. The district I work for starts in one more week, on the 25th of August.

I thought it would be interesting for teachers to get a quick insight into their classroom's morale after the first week of school with this fun FREE writing prompt, World's Best Classroom!

I'm sure many of you read the "first day of school" books and then discuss them. Those stories really help students with some of their fears and nerves.

After the first week or so of school copy the sheet, World's Best Classroom, for your class. Read and discuss the checklist together with your class. Then have your students write about their classroom and what they think of it and then have them explain why. Also, at the bottom of the page students can write about their best part of the day. And of course, they get to draw a picture of their teacher. Fun!

After the work is completed, students can read and share with each other what they have written. The teacher can share a few with the entire class. If there are any problems or worries about what a student has written about the classroom, this would be a great time to address it.

Please click on the picture below to print out a FREE copy at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Perfectly Purple Sneakers

I'm so excited to announce the release of my new hardcover picture book, The Perfectly Purple Sneakers!

It's so cute and it was a lot of fun to write!
It's based on my appreciation of shiny, purple sneakers, and the ability to change "lemons into lemonade" as we face life's challenges. In other words, looking on the bright side of unfortunate events.
The illustrator's illustrations are adorable!
(It's available on amazon.com and Teachers pay Teachers.)


Juliette LOVES purple, especially her NEW, perfectly purple sneakers.

She eagerly wears her sneakers to school. As the day goes by, her sneakers become not so new and not so purple. They get dirty, painted, torn, and even jellied.

It's not easy to look on the bright side of unexpected and unhappy events.

But Juliette's upbeat attitude, along with the encouragement of the people around her, give her the confidence she needs to see that those not so new and not so purple sneakers are, in every other way, absolutely perfect.

Here are some sample pages from the book:

It's a wonderful read aloud book! And I've included FREE Common Core Aligned comprehension question and answer sticks, plus writing response sheets for the book.

Best of luck and good wishes for the new school year!

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,

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Ideas

So many cute spring ideas out there in cyber land.

Here are some of my favorites.

Easter Bunny Treat Bags from Stitch, Stick, Cut. Please click on the picture to link to their blog.

How to grow a carrot top from Laughing Kids Learn. Please click on the picture.

A spring gift from Creative Connections for Kids.

Easy Easter Bunny Treat Cups from Shaken Together.

Happy Spring!