Saturday, September 17, 2022


Who knew that you could use apples for so many great learning experiences? Red, pink, yellow, green and russet (brown patches on the skin). Apples come in a range of different colors, and even a few shapes and sizes. It is the fruit of fall and the crisper air and smell of apples are a welcome change after the warmer summer months.

If you are planning an apple theme for your students this year it is a great idea to let them carry out a little bit of research about apples using a Fact Booklet. Learning all the different parts is a great science activity and your students can watch while you cut an apple open to see what is inside. Let them guess how many seeds there will be in the apple before you cut it open. A great way to add some math to the apple theme.  Use the booklet to learn the names of the different parts of an apple and check with the real apple that you have cut open. Why not create a lovely classroom display by making a giant model of the inside of an apple? Your students will love coloring-in apples. The finished result, using the picture found in the Fact Booklet, looks like glass-stained apples! 

Choose activities in September that are simple and can be done with little support, for example, trace and write letters and numbers, and what letter/number comes after. The resource Apple Centers is the perfect addition to the Fact Booklet. Filled with educational activities to support the development of basic math and literacy skills. 

September is a perfect time for exploring Johnny Appleseed.  Johnny Appleseed became a legend while still alive, due to his generous ways as well as his leadership in promoting conservation.  Dressed in a coffee sack, a tin hat and walking barefoot he paved the way for frontiersmen to settle new land around his orchards.  There are several books you can read to your students that retell the story of the legend who set out to plant apple trees in the American wilderness, and they can use the Fact Booklet about Johnny Appleseed to learn more. The booklet comes with worksheets for note-taking that the students fill out. A model of Johnny Appleseed with his tin hat will put a smile on everyone’s face and talking about how ordinary people can do extraordinary things is a great way to inspire your students to work hard throughout the year!
Look for apple-themed resources that make it a September to remember!

Monday, September 5, 2022

Another Disney Giveaway!

We’re sending one of YOU to the Happiest Place on Earth… Disney!! Now’s your chance to win a Disney Vacation valued at $1,000 OR choose $1,000 PayPal Cash! 

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Best of luck!

Are you ready for another giveaway? To help with the purchasing of resources, materials, and fonts for your classroom or business, a team of amazing teachers and I have grouped together to gift ONE awesome teacher with a TPT gift card!

 Prize includes 1 $100 TpT gift card.  Giveaway opens  September 6.   Link will be posted at midnight of the 5th! 

REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!! The giveaway will end September 13! I will come back to add the link as soon as it goes live! 

Lots of luck!

Thursday, September 1, 2022

September 2022 Products

Like every other month of the year, September offers great learning opportunities. Celebrate its bounty by selecting engaging themes and resources. 

A great start is to plan the beginning of the year so that you are building a great atmosphere in the classroom. Ask yourself what are the most important things that you need to teach in those first few precious weeks. Would it not be great to find out a bit more about what your students think should be included in their dream school? The resource Designing a School is the perfect way to capture your students’ attention during the first weeks of the new term. This unique project offers a fantastic opportunity to get to know your students while providing them with an interesting educational challenge.

Write the room activities are a clever way to provide your students with opportunities to move around in the classroom during literacy center time. Hang the printed-out pictures around in your classroom and watch as your students move around exploring the classroom. Children are full of energy so it is great to use activities that get them up and moving. 

Getting started with using the math after the summer holiday is vital. Students forget during the summer vacation so use engaging activities like color-by-code to make it fun to start waking up those dormant math skills. The majority of students do not really lose their math skills during the summer but some do.  Yet, the loss is not long-term nevertheless an interest in a subject is vital for success. So capturing your students' attention with engaging math activities is a good idea. 

Drawing are fundamental skill and directed drawing is an engaging activity that will ensure that will not only enhance the drawing skills but also develop their listening skills. Drawing back-to-school items such as lunch boxes will provide a stepping stone where they can continue to develop their drawing skills throughout the year. Children can not always express their feelings in words or actions, so drawing is an important way of communicating.  Making a physical representation of what is in your mind is a huge advantage.  Drawing is one of the early foundations of logical thinking or abstract thought. Also, children’s imagination becomes more active when they are drawing.

Welcome to a September filled with Surprises and wonderful Learning Possibilities. 

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