Earth Day School Treats

Earth Day School Treats

Each time one of my children has a birthday, I try and get creative about what I can bring into the classroom for school treats since our school doesn’t allow homemade goods. My oldest daughter’s birthday lands on Earth Day and last year, we used that as our theme for the entire celebration. I’m working […]

Testing Week Lunch Box Notes

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My kids have standardized testing this week at their school. My 4th grader’s teacher asked us to send in some words of encouragement for her to hand out from us through out the four days of testing. She thought this might be a nice way to help reduce their anxiety and help them feel confident […]

Nerdy School Valentines for your Smarties

Nerdy School Valentines

It’s one of my big traditions:  Coming up with clever, and not-too-often-seen Valentine’s cards for my kids to take to school each year. In our area handmade Valentines are very rare and definitely stand out from the crowd. Sometimes they can be a lot of work leaving moms to wonder if they are really worth […]

Science Snacks for School Birthday Celebration

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I’ve written several times in the past about the creative ideas I’ve come up with for bringing in birthday treats at school, since our school doesn’t allow any homemade goods. It’s kind of become a big thing now, and I’m afraid to show up with typical cupcakes now. When I took in treats for my […]

An Apple Soda for the Teacher Back to School Gift

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My kids went back to school last week. I know that sounds crazy to those of you who don’t start until after Labor Day and it feels a little crazy to me. Our summers are short–less than two months–so we spend the 1st half recovering from the previous school year and the 2nd half gearing […]

I couldn’t have Picked a better Teacher Appreciation Gift

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Another quick teacher appreciation idea. Although, I didn’t use these for teachers at all. I teach Let’s Play Music and we just had our recital for the graduates of the program last week. The Let’s Play Music program requires a lot of parent participation and I wanted to recognize the parents and help the kids tell them […]

Summer Vacation Teacher Appreciation Gift

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! And for many the school year is quickly winding down! Here is a fun, inexpensive, gift for your favorite teachers (including free printables) that is a great way to say “Thank you” and “have a great summer” all in one! I believe that all of the materials for our “summer fun” […]

Five Creative School Valentines

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Before we leave Valentine’s Day in the dust and start hopping down the bunny trail, I wanted to show you the fun Valentines I came up with for my kids (and me) to hand out this year. This was the first time in many years, that their faces weren’t plastered all over their valentines, but […]

Teacher Valentines Gift Basket

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I’ve been a bit surprised by the popularity of my Valentines Snack Gift Basket post. It has been pinned more than any other post in my five years of blogging. I recently had a request for something similar for teachers, so I dusted off my iambic pentameter and this is what I came up with. Like […]

Preschool Thanksgiving Celebration

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The clock is ticking. I’m sure most of you are up to your elbows in Thanksgiving preparations and might not have time to read another post about Thanksgiving. But, in case the kids table is a bit of an after-thought, I’m getting this post up right away, in the hopes that it might inspire you […]