Homeschool Classroom Reveal: Kindergarten Calendar/Morning Meeting Area

morning meeting calendar area for kindergarten or first grade

Setting up homeschool is no easy feat, especially when you live in Chicago in a house as small as some New York City apartments.  I see some homeschooling families that have entire rooms dedicated to “school”. I have for years, joked that my house is a “dollhouse”. So, this is proof that you can learn [...]

Apple Symmetry Craft for Preschool, Kindergarten, & First Grade

fall apple symmetry activity for preschool kindergarten first grade

I created a simplified apple symmetry activity for preschoolers, kindergartners, and 1st graders, because our advanced apple symmetry freebie for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders has been such a popular post!  This fun apple craft is the perfect fall activity that also doubles as a decoration for your classrooms and hallways. Nothing beats a meaningful craft that connects fine [...]

Fall Apple Symmetry Activity {Common Core Aligned}

fall apple symmetry activity geometry

Children have an innate sense of symmetry.  They look for balance and order in the real world naturally. As a teacher, it is important to build on this inner ability. A student is better able to learn a concept when they have hands-on experience with it.   As an art teacher, I can not stress [...]

Autumn Book Challenge: Read 100 Books by December 1st (Free Printable Book Log and Challenge Sign)

autumn book challenge- read 100 picture books by December 1st

My five year old son dreamed up this autumn book challenge, we’ve now put him on the payroll here at The Classroom Creative. He’s obsessed with the “ice bucket challege” videos for ALS, and he’s like, “Mom! A Book Challenge! A Fall Book Challenge!”  He wants ALL of your classes and homeschools to read 100 [...]

Free Open House/Parents’ Night Printable {Pencil Themed}

open house parents night freebie

I can’t believe summer is almost over! With back to school in full swing, I know every teacher is organizing their classrooms. For parents’ night or open house (depends on what your school calls it!) I created a free printable pencil lined worksheet. This worksheet is designed for a parent to write their hopes for [...]

10+ Ways to Gather Free Materials for Your Classroom!

10 ways to gether free materials for your classroom

In an ideal world, we would have unlimited funds for our classrooms.   Since this is not the case, teachers MUST be savvy when gathering classroom materials. I compiled a list of free ideas and resources for your classroom.  I hope my list helps make your classroom spending streeeeetch! Free Classroom Material Ideas and Upcycled [...]

30+ Classroom Organization Ideas and Free Printables

classroom organization free printables

With back to school looming, teachers, homeschoolers, and parents are all looking for ideas to organize their classrooms and homes.  The more organized and systematic you are in your classrooms and homeschools, the more time you have for instruction! We’ve spent a great deal of time this summer and the past few years making free [...]

Library Return Book Bin Ideas and Sign (Free Printable)

library bin idea with free printable library sign

Got overdue library books?  Have we got a solution for you today! Classroom Teachers: You know students LOVE to return their library books early.  This bin and free printable sign gives you a system to manage the library books in your class.  Whether you run a check-out system with your own library books, or need [...]

Free Teacher Binder Printables: Organizing a Handwriting Curriculum

classroom and homeschool organizing idea-organizing a handwriting center with free printable teacher binder and spine covers

Organizing handwriting pages was a BIG hassle for me until I moved to a binder system.  The hot mess of “a before” amounted to random piles of papers.  It was UGLY, people.  It was messy.  No photos necessary. With a few supplies and a *free* printable cover and spine, I feel ready to tackle at [...]

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