Monday, April 15, 2019

Easter Activities

Easter is fast approaching (even though it seems like it's taking forever this year since it's so late!). If you're not one of the schools that is already on spring break, you may be looking for some activities with an Easter theme to do with your students this week. Check out some of the Easter products I have in my store today!

40 Writing Prompts Strips

Although these are not Easter-themed writing prompts, they are written on strips so you can easily cut, fold, and put them in plastic Easter eggs (which are 0.99¢ for three dozen in stores right now!). Hide them around the classroom for a fun Easter egg hunt that ends in your students writing or put them in a basket on your desk to switch up the way your students find inspiration to write. 

Happy Easter Word Creator Challenge

Want a quick literacy activity or maybe an independent reading center? This ready-to-print activity has your students creating words based on the letters in "Happy Easter."

Friendly Letter to the Easter Bunny Template

Use this ready-to-print template to have your students write a friendly letter to the Easter Bunny. It gives them practice writing and is a festive activity to get them excited about what might be in their Easter basket this year. There are a few different versions with different sizes of lines so you have options based on your students' levels.

Easter Egg Pattern Activity

Switching gears to early math skills, this activity focuses on patterns of Easter egg designs. I recommend printing in full color and laminating for product longevity. It makes a great center for a small group or something fun to do during indoor recess (if your weather is anything like ours here in Western New York right now, you don't have much of a chance to get outdoors!).

This Little Bunny - Classroom Guessing Game Book

This was one of my favorite things I came up with during a first grade placement I had during college. It's an activity that requires students to describe themselves using "can", "has", and "is" statements. They fill in the front of their page, color in the bunny, and then reveal themselves on the back with either a photograph or a self portrait and their names. You bind the pages together and read it as a class, pausing to guess which student is described on each page. It was a fun keepsake class book after the writing activity was over and it worked really well with my first graders. (I also have other seasonal templates in my store with the same format.)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Cotton Ball Races


Looking for a quick and fun activity to do with your kiddos at home? Grab a couple of cotton balls and give each player a straw and get ready for a race! 

Use the straw to blow the cotton ball further and further down the "track" until you reach the finish line. Create a racetrack on the carpet, marking the start and finish with yarn or some masking tape. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Task Organization

Do you love making lists and checking off items?

Do you strive to become more organized, but need a simple tool to help get started?

Do you like to keep track of weekly, monthly, and daily tasks you need to complete?

I personally love making to-do lists. Writing down everything I want to accomplish in a given time frame really boosts my productivity and makes me feel proud when I've completed everything. I started using uniform lists (like the one below) to keep myself on track and thought others may benefit from them, too!


There is space to write the dates, three weekly reminders, daily tasks that can be monitored all seven days of the week, and even a monthly check-in for big projects that you have in the works. I have found my productivity increase since I started making this a part of my weekly routine.

Want to check out this Daily Task Organizer? Visit my store today. And if you're interested in other resources to keep your life in order, be sure to check out the Organization Tools I have available now. I'm constantly adding new things, so check back often for more.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Gift Card Giveaway!


Just in time for the Teachers Pay Teachers sitewide sale, I have a gift card giveaway happening now!

To enter, click here and complete the entry form for a chance to win!

The winner will be notified by 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 via the email address provided in the form.

Good luck!!

Teachers Pay Teachers Sale!

Mark your calendars!


There is a site-wide sale on Teachers Pay Teachers coming up this Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26th and 27th! I will have everything in my store marked down, even my bundles!

Use promo code TICKTOCK to save up to 25% off your favorite products.

So ready those wish lists and check your budgets... It's a great time to figure out which products you can't live without this spring!

Happy Shopping!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Lack of Motivational Moments

If there's one thing that frustrates me more than anything else it's how inconvenient my motivation is.

I am currently "free" to do whatever I want. I'm home with both boys, but they're both napping. And I have absolutely zero motivation or inspiration to do anything productive.

When will I have the motivation, you wonder? 

More than likely, when Cam wants a snack or Tucker needs to be rocked to sleep... Maybe after Nick falls asleep and I'm lying there, wide awake, unable to turn my brain off... When I'm in the midst of cooking dinner... In the seven minutes I spend in the shower when my brain is most active... Maybe when I'm driving and my mind wanders after passing the same houses and landmarks that cause me to turn to autopilot... 

But when I'm absolutely free to do whatever I want? When I'm caught up with housework and my boys are asleep and Nick is at work? Nope. I don't have the desire to do a thing. And it frustrates me to no end!

At least I can vent through my words and hopefully spark some inspiration to accomplish something by doing some writing... We'll see!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Digital Lists

So if you know me, you know that I am extremely tech-savvy and quick to use digital resources in and out of the classroom. But I have to admit that I have a dirty little secret... I love neatly-organized, color-coded, three-ring binders... full of ACTUAL PAPER.

Oh, the horror!

I truly am embarrassed to admit that even though I am fully capable of utilizing most of my resources and materials digitally, there is nothing like a hard copy of a reference!

But one of my absolute favorite things throughout my life has been making lists on paper. To-Do lists, shopping lists, Christmas lists, lists of goals I want to accomplish by the end of the month, lists of homework assignments I have to complete, lists of reasons why I was annoyed at my little brother (I was a very dramatic child haha). If there was a way I could use a narrow notepad and one of my favorite writing utensils, I'd find a way!

So the fact that my list-building has gone digital lately is a big, BIG deal.

If you're like me and you get the satisfaction of making a list and crossing out each item, but you're also trying to get with the 21st century digital age, then I have two tools you might love to try out!


Alexa

We have Echo Dots all over our home. They're SO convenient for turning our lights on and off, listening to our favorite tunes, getting the weather report, learning answers to random questions we have, and so much more... But one of my absolute favorite features is the ability to create lists. We have a shopping list that's always current, to-do lists, gift ideas for family members' birthdays or Christmas, lists for specific stores, etc. If we're out and about, we no longer have to stress about leaving our shopping list at home because it's always accessible through our Alexa App and we know if we needed something, we just told Alexa about it at home.


Google Tasks

I love all things Google (almost as much as I love all things Amazon... seriously, they are almost tied), so it's no surprise that I utilize as many tools and features in my Google apps waffle that I can. Google Tasks gets my to-do list organized in ways nothing else has been able to do before. I can create specific lists, add details and reminders, and check everything off when I'm done. It's as close to the satisfaction of crossing off a real to-do list as you can get!

How do you like to keep yourself organized in this digital age? Go ahead and shoot me a message or comment below!