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7 Ways to Use Valentine Conversation Hearts in Your Classroom

 on January 23, 2014

Each year, when February rolls around, the Valentine's confections hit the shelves, and are packaged perfectly for classroom use. 

I grabbed a bag of 25 small (4 oz.) boxes of Valentine conversation hearts, and away we went using them to study classroom basics.

Incentive for Kids to Help Clean Up

 on January 22, 2014

Who doesn't want more clean, less whine?

Whether in your a classroom or at home, I think this is a very wonderful idea to implement excitement with clean up time.

Mrs. Morris, a fourth grade teacher, has a reward system in her class using tickets for good behavior, helpfulness, cleanliness, good grades, assignments, homework, etc. 

Students earn tickets and cash them in to buy something from the reward closet. 

Valentines Paper Heart Art Project

 on January 21, 2014

I had the  privilege of spending the afternoon with my sons fourth grade class making these adorable Valentine hearts.

The supplies are very inexpensive and you likely have most of them on hand.  This project took a little over an hour to complete.

If you want to make a cute valentine to hang in your room look no further.

Homework Forts

 on January 14, 2014

Getting homework done can be a chore, not just for our children, but for us as well!

Let's face it-- after a long day of school the last thing our kiddos want to do is more work!

Here is a fun suggestion to promote reading or homework without pulling teeth or hair.

Build a fort or use your playhouse on days when a little extra fun can't hurt.

Thank You Cards--Not Just a Thing of the Past

 on January 14, 2014

Who doesn't love getting something in the mail? Especially when it's a big fat check!

Unfortunately, these thank you cards are not filled with money. Just a whole lotta love and appreciation!

My kids and I sat down this weekend and wrote thank you cards for all the wonderful Christmas presents they received from aunt, uncles, grandparents and teachers.

Hey, better late than never!

What Would You Take to Space? Lesson Plan Ideas

 on January 14, 2014

Space is an exciting topic to explore in the classroom. 

It is vast, wide-open, and unknown and has different qualities than Earth.  All that make it so intriguing for young minds.

What does it feel like in space? How do you sleep? What do you eat? How many stars are there?

Here are a few ideas you can incorporate to your lesson plan.

1) What would you take to space?

Tree Shape Art Project

 on January 13, 2014

How cute is this little First Grade Art Project? 

Using water color paint have your students paint the a white piece of paper as the landscape.

While that is drying, have the students take another white sheet of paper, and glue different colors and sizes of tissue paper. 

Have the students cut out 3 different size triangles, being sure to have each one a different height and width. 

Freaky Friday: Practical Jokes and Nonsense

 on January 9, 2014

My husband and I have a really great group of friends in our neighborhood. Lucky for us, they all have the same crazy sense of humor we do and that makes life a lot of fun.

Practical jokes run wild. We really enjoy trying to "one-up" each other. 

My friend Keri recently made a short movie of well wishes for another friend's 40th Birthday. I taped my segment dressed as Si from Duck Dynasty. 

Snowman Estimation

 on January 8, 2014

I know, I know, I am going crazy with the Snowman projects!

But, I just can't help it!

With the crazy amounts of snow around the country right now, if the kids can't be out playing in the snow, they should at least be making snowmen in math class!

This is a cute little activity if you are teaching a lesson on estimation!

Counting with Snowmen

 on January 8, 2014

I just love this kindergarten/1st grade math project that I found on Tippytoe Crafts

It is perfect for math centers in the winter time!

All you need is white paper and bingo dot markers (or a cork and paint).

Take a white sheet of paper and randomly write six numbers on the bottom of the sheet.

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