10+ Ways to Avoid the “Summer Brain Drain”

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School’s out for the summer for most children, but learning beyond the classroom is a passion of ours here at The Classroom Creative.  For the past three years, we have amassed a wealth of crafts, ideas, and activities for young learners.  Here are ten tips and ideas to make the most of your summers.   [...]

Last Minute Father’s Day Craft and Writing Activity

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Need a fun and easy Father’s Day craft and writing activity? I drew up a a salt-n-pepper shaker recipe card and a fun printable apron craft that the kids can customize. This simple Father’s Day project covers all the important men in your students’ lives, so we’ve also included templates in this pack for uncles, [...]

Free Spring and Summer Math Game: Ladybug Roll, Count, and Color

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Counting skills are among the most important foundation math skills in early childhood classrooms.  Playing math games is a fun and easy way to master that crucial one-to-one correspondence! This free printable spring and summer math center game is perfect for the last few months of school in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. This ladybug [...]

Free Printable Summer Poem for Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade

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Need a simple printable summer poem for your primary grade classroom or homeschool? Poetry is a great way to reinforce fluency, sight words, and vivid imagery without overloading young readers with a ton of text!  Strive to memorize this poem to build on your students’ auditory skills.  We repeat our weekly poems at the end [...]

End of the School Year Writing Activity: If I Ruled the School

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Need a fun end of the year writing activity that will have your students engaged and bursting with ideas?  I’ve used this writing prompt over the years with kids as young as 1st grade, and even with my junior high ELA students!  Every kid has a opinion or two to share about “How They Would [...]

Free Spring and Summer Math Center: Garden-themed Addition BUMP!

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Keeping math skills going this time of year is critical, as most students (and their teachers!) are burning out.  Game-based math takes the “ill” out of skill and drill.  Enter one of the most popular math centers in my primary grade center’s rotation: BUMP! BUMP! is a fast-paced math center that is a perennial favorite [...]

Free Printable Father’s Day Acrostic Poem Template

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Need a quick and fun writing activity for Father’s Day?  Use our fun “Chef Dad” template for a Father’s Day acrostic poem!  The kids LOVE writing their poems inside the chef’s hat!  Acrostic poems are perfect for young writers in kindergarten, and work all the way through upper elementary.  Mount these poems on construction paper [...]

Free End of the Year Writing Activity: Remember When…

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Whether you teach the primary grades, intermediate, or middle school, the end of the school year is a great time to reflect with your classes about the past school year through their writing.  I’ve used a “Remember When” writing activity across all grade levels.  My 1st and 2nd grade students were as engaged in this [...]

Last Minute Mother’s Day Craft and Writing Activity

Mother's Day apron craft and recipe writing activity

Need a fun and easy Mother’s Day craft and writing activity? I drew up some vintage-inspired recipe cards and a fun printable apron craft that the kids can customize. This simple project covers all the important women in your students’ lives, so we’ve also included templates in this pack for aunts, grandmas, godmothers, nanas, and [...]

Free Mother’s Day Acrostic Poem Template

mother's day acrostic poem template

Need a simple Mother’s Day writing activity that is also a sweet gift for your students’ mothers this May?  Have your students write a simple Mother’s Day acrostic poem, back the poem with colored paper, and even laminate it for durability!  Grab our free template below for a simple and fun Mother’s Day writing activity! [...]

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