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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

Egg Carton Christmas Basket Ornament

 on November 30, 2014

I'm one of those moms who hoards egg cartons for....well, just in case.  You know...the case that doesn't happen very often.  So, that is why, this Christmas, I was outright determined to create a fun ornament using egg cartons.  (And maybe the other reason I decided to make egg carton ornaments is so that my husband wouldn't ask me anymore if I just like to look at our egg carton stock pile.)

Topology Mathematical Tree Ornament

 on November 30, 2014

Want to tie in some Mathematics with your DIY Christmas decorations?  These are so fun, so simple, and quite honestly, so addicting to create.  Give your students or children a stack of 5" X 5" pieces of paper, and have them cut to their heart's content.  Try to find either foil origami paper, velvet sheets of scrapbook paper, or even construction paper to make these fun and educational ornaments.

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.

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!

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