Monday, June 29, 2015


How about a Summer Fun giveaway from the authors (myself included) of A Spark of Inspiration?  Aren't there great things in the bag?!?!  This would be perfect for Vegas!  To enter, complete the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!  Winner will be announced this weekend!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Calling All MN and WI Teachers!

I am so excited and will be giving away lots of good stuff to attendees! If you live in MN/WI (or anywhere, really), make sure to come to this affordable conference!
Feel free to email me with any questions:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

End of Year Planning

This time of year is fast and furious. 
To stay on top of things, I make sure that I am. . . 
wait for it. . . 
ready for next year!
2015-2016 lesson calendar?
It's fun and easy to be prepared for August.

Then it dawned on me that I might have a few things left to do yet, this year.
You know, those end-of-year to-do-list items that sneak up on you.

Like what?

Like grades.
Like Field Day.
End of Year Letter to kids.
Butterfly Performance. Yes. You heard me.
Field trip? Yep. That, too.
All school party on the last day. Whose idea was that?!
Oh, and I have lessons for the next 10 days because I'm still teaching. . . I swear.

Here are a few things that I've thrown together in this hazy mist of May.

Graduation Pack

Grab this Summer Review here.

Grab this Summer Review here.

Word of the Week

Bird Feeder Science/Art!

I leave you with an adorable video of one of my kinders planning his house that I will live in. And my son. And the landlord.

Happy long weekend!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Glimmer of Hope

We've been so busy. So busy and so happy.

This school year has been the best ever. My kids are great (even when they go cray-cray), my coworkers are the best and my school has improved as a whole this year.

We are the poorest school in the district. 
We are the lowest performing in the district.
Last year, we had 350 students at the beginning and end of the year, with 600 total enrolled throughout the school year; just to give you an idea of our high turnover.

This year, we had an Area Superintendent that said, "No more!"

She refused to let students come in and out of our building. 
We now provide cabs for all students that lose their housing and have to move out of our district. 
We capped numbers in each classroom. . . AND stuck to it!
We had full time A.E.s in our K classrooms.
As if that isn't enough, we are also one of a handful of schools in the U.S. that was chosen to be a Turnaround Arts school. 
This means more funding, more resources, more professional development, more time for art, etc.

I'm filled with gratitude and hope.

Actually, I always am. That's why I do this. 
But I now see a shift in our community. A shift in attitudes. A shift in perspective and I don't feel burnt out. I feel rejuvenated and excited for healthy change. 

There are so many negative internet memes and discussions out there regarding education and teachers. I needed to share my glimmer of hope from real-life changes that I see in my little, struggling school.

With that said, I'm just going to post some of our work from the last month because I don't have time to caption them all.

Happy Sunday!

Growing and Shrinking Patterns
Grab the above worksheets from my Summer Review Pack that you get in this download:

Product: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Product: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Product: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Grab all four sheets above from this freebie: Blends and Digraphs

Grab the above sorts from: Letter and Sound Picture Sorts

Grab all of the sight word work from: Letter and Word of the Week

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Check out some Earth Day fun and grab this new pack on sale today!
Click the last picture in this post.

Happy almost Earth Day!

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Have you heard of Art In History?

I was so lucky to have come across this amazing company at EdExpo 2015. Immediately I was impressed with Art In History's dedication to integrating the arts into the classroom.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to choose a product and explore it with my children. Not only does A.I.H. have countless hands-on-activities, but the easy-to-follow directions, simple tools and thorough background (history), make these projects something that will be memorable for a lifetime. 

We chose to do Bantu Migration - African Kuba Masks. We began by learning about Bantu Migration, what Bantu means, what masks represent in African cultures, what various shapes and symbols mean on the mask and why they are used. This was ALL included in the kit and my 5 and 6 year olds absolutely loved learning about this!
Under no circumstance was any of this "beyond" my kindergartners or too difficult. You really can make each kit, fit your particular classroom age and needs.

We did this project over a week and every child can now teach someone else about Bantu Migration and these beautiful masks. Some students designed with the more traditional triangles, some placed tears on the mask to represent a funeral, some just had fun with their own, unique design. Whatever they chose, my students now have something in their home that they will probably keep forever and each time they look at it, they will remember what they learned and how much fun they had while learning!

Can you ask for anything more?

Check out the fun that we had with this project and enter to win any classroom set of your choosing below!

Good luck!

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