Get Organized! Classroom Organization Ideas and Hacks for Teachers

classroom organization tips

Now that it’s mid-way through the year, it’s time to get your classroom organized with these easy tips and ideas sponsored by Staples. Don’t miss out on Staple’s Teacher Rewards program – it gives you free shipping, 5% back in rewards, and up to 10% back in rewards on teaching and art supplies. Classroom Organization Ideas 1. Color Code Subjects I always color … [Read more...]

No Sew Fleece Blanket

no sew blanket

We just spent a half day making no sew blankets because I wanted a tangible way for my kids to give to others in need. I love the blankets since they're hands-on and practical -- everyone can use a blanket, right? *Plus, kids can relate to the important blankets are for warmpth as well as for a feeling of security. How many of our kids had their own binkies?* Then with … [Read more...]

Celebrate Beautiful Oops Every Day #beautifuloops

Celebrate Beautiful Oops

One of my favorite children's books of all time is Barney Saltzberg's Beautiful Oops, a book which inspires viewing life with a whole new paradigm. Now it's also a worldwide celebration! The Paradigm of a Beautiful Oops A beautiful oops is making lemonade out of lemons. It's taking a mistake and making it something beautiful. Barney shows this … [Read more...]

The Best Classroom Cleaning Hacks

easy classroom cleaning hacks

Teachers, if your classroom is starting to look worn and raggedy now that it’s mid-year, try these best hacks, tips, and ideas for cleaning to get it sparkling again and get rid of any lingering germs. These tips are brought to you by Staples, one of my favorite places to buy teaching, office, and cleaning supplies! How to Clean Dry Erase Boards If your dry erase board is … [Read more...]

Inspiring Malala Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

books about Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize today. She's the youngest winner EVER. And one of the most inspiring. Especially to young people who want to make a difference in the world. About Malala In 2012 in Pakistan, 14-year old Malala was shot in the head at close range. She was shot by a Taliban gunman simply because was a female attending school. It was a miracle that she … [Read more...]

PBS Kids Toys at Whole Foods (+ Giveaway)

PBS Kids Toys

PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market team up to bring PBS KIDS’ line of educational and earth-friendly toys exclusively to the Whole Foods for the holiday season. PBS Kids Sloth Plush Sloths are so cute, aren't they? I saw a sloth in Costa Rica and was thrilled for a glimpse. If you love this plush, you'll want to also get the new and wonderful picture book, Sparky. PBS … [Read more...]

Holiday Checklist & Giveaway #TRUBatteriesIncluded

Grimlock 7

Hasbro and Duracell are teaming up with Toys“R”Us to help you get ready for the holidays and save money on this season’s hottest toys! From Fur Real Friends to Grimlock Transformers, Toys“R”Us is the perfect one-stop-shop to pick up all the toys on your holiday shopping list… but don’t forget the batteries! Last year my girls favorite gift was a Barbie Dream House. We learned … [Read more...]

Stocking Stuffers for Kids

stocking stuffers

While gift cards always work as easy stocking stuffers, here are even more stocking stuffer gift ideas for your kids. Stocking Stuffers for Kids 1. Thinking Putty Creatures Green (ages 3+) Thinking Putty Creatures have a unique texture and come with a pair of big creature eyes. We love our original Thinking Putty building toy and now can't wait to try this expanded … [Read more...]

Christmas Gifts for Kids That Spark Imagination

Christmas gifts for kids

This year I'm looking to buy Christmas gifts for my kids that spark their imaginations. Gifts that encourage creativity and pretend play. Gifts like these . . . Christmas Gifts for Kids . . . That Spark Imagination 1. Samantha’s Starter Collection - Doll and Book Samantha Parkington is BACK! She's kind, generous, and always ready to make a new friend. She has sparkling … [Read more...]

Best Board Books of 2014

best board books 2014

Do you have a baby or toddler who needs a board book? Get him or her one of these recommended best board books of 2014. The Best Board Books from 2014 1. My First Book of Girl Power From Wonder Woman's ability to find the truth to Black Canary's powerful voice to Batgirl's keen mind, readers will find lots of girl power to admire in this unique board book. 2. Super … [Read more...]