Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The Season of Giving

This year, more than ever, the gift of giving and service to others is so important. We are all faced with a plethora of typical stresses daily; however, now each stress is exacerbated by the uncertainty, fear, and anxiety over the coronavirus. Financial strain, social distancing, and lost loved ones will greatly impact family Christmas traditions leaving unmet desires in its wake. Now is a time of need and a perfect time to teach the importance of giving and service. We must be creative and careful in our actions.

 Although we won’t be hugging a teacher, we can make them homemade stress balls. We won’t visit the nursing home to sing with elderly; but, we can decorate their windows with Christmas cheer. We can say thank you more often to essential workers. We can even donate our old toys to families we know who have hit hard times helping with financial strain and the struggle to social distance while shopping deals. The method of teaching life lessons may change from time to time but the moral mustn't be lost. 

I wish you and your families a very healthy and happy holiday!  As you celebrate the holiday season with immediate family, please send a thought and a prayer to all of our military men and women who cannot be with their families during the holidays.  Don’t forget to rest and relax in preparation for a new and hopeful year.  

Monday, December 14, 2020

Merry Reading!

Run run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m gingerbread man! Books are timeless, just like the holiday season. When done right Christmas teaches us about the gift of giving, spreading kindness, and showing love to those around us. What better way to teach these morals than the most beloved form of teaching - reading books. The following books are appropriate for K-2nd but will, most definitely, be loved by all!  Enjoy!  

All books can be found at Amazon.

Friday, December 4, 2020

December 2020 Giveaways

The holiday always inspires kindness and a love for giving to those we appreciate; yet this often costs. We know this time of year is expensive for all families with buying gifts, excess food, decor, as well as coats, heat, and other necessities. Adding new and exciting lesson resources to purchase for the holiday seasons can seem like a real strain on teachers.  With this in mind, our group thought it fitting to sponsor giveaways during the month of Christmas to provide some lucky teacher(s) with a gift card to purchase resources for this holiday season AND some sales! 

The first giveaway starts December 4 and ends December 12.  Simply enter here:

The second one starts on December 6 and ends December 13.  All you have to do is enter here:

Any updates for upcoming sales and giveaways will be added so check back!
Good Luck! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Christmas Around the World

Happy Holidays!  Frohe Weihnachten!  Feliz Navidad! No matter your language, the month of December has a way of inspiring a sense of happiness, giving, kindness, and joy. From advent calendars in Germany to yule logs in Italy or Grandfather Frost in Russia, the holiday season is a time of enjoying and appreciating one another. 

Enjoy learning of traditions around the world, kindness, and holiday favorites with these hands-on activities. 

All resources are found in my store:

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Reading Connections

Reading is so much more than simply hearing a story; it truly has endless benefits. One of the most rewarding benefits is connection; reading connects parent to child, child to teacher, classmate to friend, siblings, strangers, grandparents, and so on… November is National Children’s Book Month celebrating the importance of reading books, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales while promoting connection during reading. 
It is not always easy to find the time to read in our hectic daily lives with children, but some creativity and routine can go a long way. Make reading before bed a routine and a priority. Add books rather than videos to your child’s device. Create a special reading nook. Allow children to fall asleep listening to sleep stories. Read a book in the morning, it might just peak enough attention to pull them from bed. Be okay with pausing household tasks to read. Store books in several rooms. 
Share books you love to read as well as the ones they love to read (over and over and over and over again!).
Read. Dream. Share. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Grateful for Books!

If I told you that in 10 to 20 minutes a day you can support a child’s cognitive development, improve language skills, increase academic success, increase concentration and discipline, and improve imagination and creativity all while developing a special bond - would you ask how? It’s simple: read, just read, read to your children. Thanksgiving, Native American culture, voting, and nursery rhymes make for some wonderful books. 
Enjoy the following books appropriate for grades Kindergarten through second while supporting your students development. All books can be found on Amazon! 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving filled with wonderful books!

Monday, November 2, 2020

November 2020 Giveaways

November is here and ready to race. The pumpkins of fall and Thanksgiving  goodies are accompanied by so many themes including the race to the election. Themed
learning in November can get quite expensive; therefore our group will be sponsoring several sales and giveaways.  Below are a few of the upcoming activities. As we organize more giveaways – I’ll definitely update this post so keep checking back! Enjoy and be thankful!

Let's start with a TpT gift card giveaway to celebrate the end of October and the beginning of November.  One thankful  teacher will win a $200 gift card for Teachers Pay Teachers to help with purchasing new resources for the November thematic units! It starts October 30 and ends November 7.  

REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!

Simply enter here:


 In addition to the above giveaways, there will be another starting November 6 and ending  November 13.  The amount of the gift card is $100! Simply enter here:

In addition to all the above, we will be giving away over $400 in TpT gift cards and $25 to a charity of your choice! This giveaway begins November 8 and ends Nov. 11.  Simply enter here on the day it begins!

Stay safe and healthy! I am thankful for you all!