Classroom Management Idea: Thursday Folder System and Free Printable

thursday folder system with free printable sign off sheet

The classroom management nightmare of paper begins in just a few weeks. There is a great chance, as a classroom teacher, you are indundated with papers from the office: box tops letters, fundraisers, letters from PTA/LSC, and other announcements.  On top of that, there’s all the returned graded work! The paper trail for new teachers [...]

Classroom Organization: Binder Clip Label (Free Printable)

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As teachers and homeschoolers, we all know work can get busy as the school year marches forward.  I am a compulsive piler, so wrangling in “the piles” is a huge part of my classroom organization.  Especially, when I taught middle school in a departmental setting, I had over 100 students, so this system really helped! [...]

Classroom Organizing Idea: Teacher Toolbox for Supplies

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Classroom organization begins with strong systems.  Most of us are placed in classrooms with little to no resources to help! I know my first few years in the classroom were incredibly overwhelming. The first school I worked in had terrible storage, so I truly had to improvise making “something from nothing”.   I had a [...]

Back to School Idea: I Can Do It Jar (with free printable)

back to school idea- I Can Do It Jar- includes free printable label from

Toward the end of last school year, my son’s teacher had her class do a project that I just had to share here: the “I Can Do It” Jar. My son loved thinking of all the things he could do like feed his dog, write his name, and read a book. This activity makes perfect [...]

Zoo Animal Scavenger Hunt

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As teachers, we know that field trips as exhausting. I know all field trips with my students required a long afterschool nap when I returned home.  As homeschoolers and parents, it’s the same feeling! As fun as these outings are, something it’s nice to have a little structure to the chaos. Enter the scavenger hunt. [...]

Free Kindergarten Zoo Math Center: Count and Graph 1-5

free kindergarten math center-zoo animal count and graph copy

Kindergarten math centers need to incorporate the interests of kids for their learning to really have meaning.  In my home, my sons have been in an animal phase for the past two years.  Now that I am homeschooling, I incorporate their interests first.  This way, schoolwork is never a battle! This graphing and counting math [...]

Summer Reading Idea: Books on the Go Book Bin

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Over the course of the past year, my youngest son has developed a love of reading in the car.  Each time we leave the house, another book is added to his collection.  His roving book collection has grown to a point that a portable book bin became necessary.  I thought I’d share this summer reading [...]

Summer Reading Idea: Race into Summer Reading Printables

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The first school I taught at had a marvelous reading specialist, Miss Giometti.  She was instrumental in shaping who I am as a teacher!  One of her shining programs at our school was her May kick-off “Race into Reading”.  Race into Reading was a month-long event of the classes “racing” against each other to see [...]

Free Five Senses Writing Activity for Summer

free five senses writing activity

Ah, summer.  The media claims that all kids apparently lose everything they’ve learned from the school year and all their brains go down the “summer slide”.  Not so, if parents and summer school teachers make it fun!  Whenever possible, Karen and I like to make activities that incorporate the visual…hence the whole mission of our [...]

Summer Compound Word Activity Freebie (Watermelon-themed!)

free summer compound word activity

As a part of our ongoing thematic weeks for the summer, we have a fun way to play with words whether you are teaching summer school or looking to keep your kids on the top of that “summer slide”.  This compound word freebie is simple.  After cutting and laminating, place the cards in a scattered [...]

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