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Favorite Christmas Goodies

 on November 24, 2014

I have a very large extended family. Like, so big that at a single event we may have 30 people between just 3 families... and that's not even half of the crazy! 

One of my favorite traditions is just around the corner.  Ever since I can remember, holiday baking has been a big deal around this time of year.

3 Fabulous Art Projects For Christmas

 on November 21, 2014

It's that time of year when Christmas is on the brain. Christmas carols, warm sugar cookies and stockings by the fire.  

Like much of the country, we are covered in snow.  It is an early reminder that Christmas is just around the corner. And with all this snow you may need a few extra projects to keep the kids busy this holiday season.

Project #1 Christmas Tree

You will need:

1) Several paint colors 

2) popsicle sticks

Numbers that Describe Me: The Math in My Life with a Free Worksheet

 on September 27, 2014

As I walked the halls of my daughter's middle school I stumbled upon this fun bulletin board.

Each student is to fill out the worksheet using their artistic talents, using numbers to describe themselves. Each number can only be used once.

The circle in the middle is for a drawing of the student or something that describes them.  Students were encouraged to get creative and share things about themselves others may not know.

Whip-It Up Wednesday: Frosted Pumpkin Cookies Using the Metric System

 on September 21, 2014

I bet you know that Fall is just around the corner. In my neck of the woods, it's here:  leaves are turning golds and reds and the air is crisp.  

But what you may not know, is that October 5th is the first day of Metric Week.

When Fall rolls around, I crave warm soups, evening walks and all things pumpkin... lattes, cookies, waffles. I even sneak pumpkin puree in our veggie chili.

5 Classroom Icebreakers

 on August 15, 2014

The beginning of the school year can be hard.  A whole new class of new students, a new teacher and new expectations can make students a little nervous. Helping students get to know each other is a great way to help calm their nerves. 

Icebreakers the first day of school are a fun way to start the year. Here are five fun icebreakers from around the web:

1. Name Map

Cages: by Peg Kehret

 on July 18, 2014

Cages by Peg Kehret is an inspiring book about overcoming struggles and never giving up.  

I would recommend this book with two thumbs up.  I think this would be a great read aloud book for upper elementary grades.

GoNoodle: Quick and Fun Brain Breaks for Kids

 on July 5, 2014

​GoNoodle is a wonderful program to use in your classroom!

It is a free on-line website that allows short brain break videos for kids throughout the day! 

Using fun characters, interactive music and fun, your students will LOVE GoNoodle! Some of the GoNoodle videos even correlate with Common Core!

2048: A New App Game

 on July 3, 2014

2048 is the newest App craze! 

2048 reminds me of a cross between the 90's game Tetris and The Rubix cube! It is a great game to squeeze in a little math fun in the car or during screen time. 

This is a great game to practice adding numbers together and problem solving! At least that is what you can tell yourself when you and your kids can't stop playing!!!!!

But, let me warn you, 2048 is highly addictive! 

Family Fun Month: 20 Best Family Movies

 on July 3, 2014

August is Family Fun Month!

What could be more fun after an active Summer weekend than a family movie night under the stars?!?!

We love to set up the projector in the backyard at my parent's cabin, let the kids get comfortable, pass around the popcorn and watch our favorite family movies.

Whip-It Up Wednesday: Using Math to Make Blueberry Pancakes

 on June 29, 2014

There is nothing quite like a hot fresh blueberry pancake piping hot off the griddle.

The warm cakes, filled with fresh, sweet blueberries, coved with a little pat of melted butter and real maple syrup!

It's not often that I indulge in pancakes. My breakfast usually consists of hot coffee with cream...repeat.

But for a fun treat, a nice Sunday morning breakfast or if blueberries are in season, this recipe will not disappoint.  

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