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Get back to school ready with editable newsletter templates



The school year is quickly approaching and pretty soon my Friday afternoons will be filled with class newsletter writing. I am a big fan of weekly newsletters to help keep my parents informed. It helps to relay important dates, weekly assignments and classroom information.
I have created some fun class newsletter designs in my new  Back to School Newsletter Template Kit . These are so easy to use, you will spend less time creating your newsletter and more time doing what you enjoy...teaching.

Guess who's a Creative Teaching Press Ambassador


Every year right as June comes to a close and the calendar turns to July I get super excited. It's not just because I have a birthday in July, although summer birthdays are pretty cool! It's because those beautiful, brightly colored catalogs start to arrive in my mailbox. I remember those early years of teaching when I was just starting to build my collection and establish my style. I loved dreaming of my perfect classroom with beautiful decorations just waiting for students to arrive and enjoy. The reality was always a little different than I pictured. My classroom never quite looked like page 32 of the catalog but it was always warm and inviting. Fast forward to year 13 of teaching, Oh my word how can that be! I am just as excited to start dreaming of new spaces and boards.

Geography Interactive Notebook & Activities



In third grade our first unit for social studies is a fun one.....geography. The kids get very excited and love to start exploring maps and globes. Take a peek at a few of my favorite classroom activities for geography.

Go buggy for Math this summer!


Go buggy for math this summer with some quick math review. I found these paint chip strips at Oriental Trading. They are so versatile and you get a ton in the box. They make the best flash cards, number practice, fact family practice the possibilities are endless.

Welcome summer! Celebrating with a backyard movie night!


Kicking off summer with a backyard movie night! We have finally finished another great year at school. Between all the rainy days we were lucky enough for one evening of relief. Oriental Trading Company had everything we needed to get started!

Earth Day should be Everyday!



Make Earth Day a day to remember with a  fun watercolor writing activity. What better way to remember the importance and meaning of Earth day than with some recycled art. We started with some recycled newspapers, the students traced a circle and then cut it out. They used a black sharpie to draw their heart first then their land. Using watercolors they painted their mini masterpieces, blotting with a tissue as they went.


Looking for a last minute idea for your class....look no further we have you covered. If you are anything like us you are crazy this time of year. Between meetings, lesson plans, test prep and the flu my weeks have flown by how in the world is it already mid February? So without a ton of time to spend paroozing the aisles of Target I needed something simple and easy for Valentine's Day this year. These are about as simple as it gets. Just purchase, download and print at your local 1 hr photo place....it's that easy!

Hello Fall! Reading corner redo for Fall


Hello ya'll it's Fall! Well here in the south its still 90 degrees, but they are selling pumpkins on the corner, so the seasons must be changing somewhere. At least seasons are changing in the classroom. Checkout our Fall makeover for the reading corner.
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