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...]

How to Improve Your Vocabulary

learning new vocabulary words

Show your child how to use a Dictionary app while reading - it makes learning those new words STICKY. In other words, it's a great way to improve your vocabulary. In our mother-daughter book club, we just finished Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Because the book had such amazing words, both Jemma and I started looking up words voraciously. Reading on the Kindle, both … [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...]

Join National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day

A DAY FOR READING!? What luxury, what bliss! Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation have collaborated to invent my new favorite holiday. National Readathon Day! Well, it's not really a holiday but a way to raise money for literacy programs like BookUp which provides books to middle school kids. Because did you know that while 53% of 9-year-olds read for … [Read more...]

How Mother Daughter Book Clubs Help Raise Confident, Strong Girls

How Mother Daughter Book Clubs Help Raise Confident, Strong Girls

Lori Day didn't have to sell me on her new book, Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More, which she wrote with her daughter, Charlotte Kugler. I knew it was going to be helpful to my parenting and couldn't wait to read her advice! So, just to catch you up on my background … [Read more...]

Educational ColorKu Logic Game

colorku logic game

Logic games stretch kids' thinking, improving their deductive reasoning, organizational skills, and concentration. The Sudoku-like game, ColorKu, challenges kids to use the colorful marbles on a wooden grid to solve puzzles. The object of the game is to only have 1 of each color per each row, column, and 3x3 box. Where Sudoku uses the digits 1 - 9, ColorKu uses 9 … [Read more...]

Tenzi the Ultimate Family Night Game

Tenzi the Ultimate Family Night Game

Tenzi is one of those games that works for almost all ages (except the ages 0 - 3) which is why it's one of our top recommendations (aka. ultimate) family night games. Have you played it yet? How to Play Tenzi Tenzi is a very simple dice game for 2 -4 players. It's fast pace and lots of fun. The object: Get all 10 of your dice to show the same number. (Yes, it can be any … [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...]

Win Candlewick YA Books on Top 100 Book List

Candlewick YA books

Are you an adult who reads Young Adult fiction? Or do you have a teen reader at home? TIME magazine recently published their list of Top 100 Young Adult books. To celebrate, Candlewick Press is giving one Imagination Soup reader all six Candlewick titles that are on this YA book list!!  Win Candlewick YA Books on Top 100 Book List Candlewick’s titles include: Feed by … [Read more...]