Art · Crafts · Teaching

Salt Dough Handprint Bowl

This post contains affiliate links, which means that each click and purchase gives a small portion of the proceeds to me. Please note: This costs you nothing extra, and helps me be able to continue my many craft and sewing projects, along with our home improvement projects! We have been so busy working on our…… Continue reading Salt Dough Handprint Bowl

Teaching

End of the Year ABC Countdown

I cannot even believe that the end of the school year is coming up in just a handful of weeks! This year seems to have flown by, and before I know it, I’ll be packing up my classroom and heading to a new school. I will really miss my kiddos. I’ve had an awesome class…… Continue reading End of the Year ABC Countdown

Teaching

Leprechaun Traps

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope all of you are going to celebrate tonight, whether that be eating corned beef and cabbage, listening to Flogging Molly, or going out to an Irish pub and really living it up! We’re headed to an Irish pub nearby, The Celt. I’ve never been to an Irish pub – let…… Continue reading Leprechaun Traps

Art · Teaching

Valentine’s Day Heart-Shaped Animals Craft

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to do an art activity that centered around Valentine’s Day without being too mushy and lovey-dovey for my students. They get so weird about Valentine’s Day in third grade, acting like the opposite sex’s Valentine is a marriage request. It cracks me up! I’m writing this…… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Heart-Shaped Animals Craft

Art · Teaching

Winter Hats Art Activity

With all of the cold weather and snow that we’ve had lately, I wanted to incorporate the blustery, winter season into my art activity for the week. I had browsed through Pinterest and had seen some amazing projects, but the majority of them required tons of supplies that I didn’t have and were a bit…… Continue reading Winter Hats Art Activity

Crafts · Teaching

DIY Christmas Sharpie Plates

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and it isn’t just because of the busy holiday season. We took a family cruise to the Caribbean, and were gone for the entirety of my Christmas break. Saying that this was the best vacation EVER is a complete understatement. If you’ve never gone to the Caribbean,…… Continue reading DIY Christmas Sharpie Plates

Teaching

Should You Give Homework Over Christmas Break? 

I have mixed feelings about giving homework over holiday breaks. It seems that only about half the class (or less) ever remembers to turn in their homework the day after a break, and rarely remember it the week following a break. Instead of assigning regular homework this Christmas, I decided to do things a little…… Continue reading Should You Give Homework Over Christmas Break? 

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How To Use Games with Language Arts

I love to use centers for my language arts instruction. Based on my current schedule, I can really only fit them in once a week. Instead of giving the kids worksheets or having them complete a workbook page, I try to incorporate fun, learning activities into our centers. I was browsing Pinterest (I know, I completely have…… Continue reading How To Use Games with Language Arts

Art · Paint

Kandinsky Trees

With my third graders, we had been talking about warm and cool colors, and I wanted to incorporate them into an abstract art project. Remember my Kandinsky mural art project? If you don’t, check it out! I used Kandinsky’s influence for our abstract trees art project, and the kids really enjoyed it! The trees look…… Continue reading Kandinsky Trees

Sensory Objects · Teaching

Busy Bars

Okay, guys. This bad boy right here is the reason I’ve been so sporadic about posting for the last year. I’ve been completing my 63 page  thesis (that’s right, sixty-three pages!!!) for my M.Ed degree in Curriculum and Instruction and have pretty much been MIA for the past year and a half while I went through the…… Continue reading Busy Bars