The back-to-school season should be fun and exciting! Everyone is rested, rejuvenated, and ready for a new school year. There is a lot to do though. Between decorating bulletin boards, arranging your classroom, labeling desks and going to staff meetings – it’s easy to get overwhelmed! I made this back-to-school checklist to make your life a little easier and to help you remember some of the little things that might slip your mind during all the craziness!  First of all, can I just say… Wouldn’t you agree? Why in the world don’t we do this? Before starting a new school year, it’s important to let goRead More →

Is the end of the year getting you down? I know…it’s overwhelming. There’s so much to do. From end of grade testing to finishing report cards to updating each individual student’s permanent records – it leaves us drained every.single.day. With over 16 years in the classroom, I’ve managed to come up with an end-of-year checklist to make life a little easier. This checklist includes a little bit of everything. If you’re like me you’re swamped with so much to do that you don’t even want to think about next year. This checklist will help you keep your sanity and hopefully make the beginning of a newRead More →

Celebrate teacher appreciation week and #thankateacher! I made this printable for my daughter’s teacher this week during Teacher Appreciation Week. I shared it on my Instagram and had so many people message me wanting a copy. So… here it is for all of you, too! Just click on the image below to download it. Don’t worry if Teacher Appreciation Week is over. You can still give this to a teacher anytime during the year to show your appreciation. It would also make a great end-of-school gift card or tag. Download now or pin for later!Read More →

It’s that time again – Back-to-School! Are you ready for a new school year? If you’re like me you spend the last few weeks of summer hunting for back-to-school deals, school supplies, and fall clothes! I love to shop, so I don’t mind braving the crowds. Over the years, I’ve found some great deals, time-saving tricks, and a few ways to make easing into a new school year a breeze. The hardest part of going back to school is getting myself and my kids back on a schedule and on a regular routine! Below, are few tips and tricks I’ve found to be useful duringRead More →

It’s almost Mother’s Day, and my students spent yesterday working on a special craft just for mom! I make these flower pens with my class every year, and they’re always a HIT! I love how they turn out, and the best part is that they are C-H-E-A-P to make! Everything you need to make these pens can be found at the Dollar Store. I only spent $6 on this craft for 20 students! In this post, I’ll show you step-by-step how I make these pens with my students.  The Dollar Store always has a variety of flowers to choose from. I usually just grab aRead More →