Monday, July 16, 2018

Back to School Oriental Trading Giveaway

Back to School is almost here!  Whether you report back this week or after Labor Day, you will be thinking about all the things you need to get done before those kiddos come back to school!

I am teaming up with Oriental Trading and giving away a $250 gift card!  Yes, $250!

$250 Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveaway

Oriental Trading isn't just party supplies, they have an AMAZING teaching section called Learn365!  I personally love all the classroom storage options they have!  I did a  post all about their great storage!
For some fun Back to School student gifts, check out this post!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

What I've Been Up To!

Hi!  You're probably thinking where did you go!?
Well, a week after Valentine's Day we welcomed our twin girls!  Ella and Bree!  They came 6 weeks early, so they spent 13 days in the NICU.  Luckily, they were strong little 4 lb girls and really only needed to eat and grow before we could leave.  They gained a few grams one day and the doctors gave us the OK to bring them home.  Yay!

Fast forward to May and we put our house up for sale!  My husband got a new position in his company in Montana, so we were planning the big move to the mountains!

I'll be honest we didn't pack, load, or anything.  It was probably the best way to move with three under three!  All thanks to the hubby's company!

Now we are here and are living it up in a hotel until we close on our house at the end of the month!  Hotel living is not ideal-it is so small.  We do have two bedrooms, living room, and kitchen BUT I still feel like I can't move without tripping over stuff!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine's Day FREEBIES

I wanted to share some Valentine's Day freebies you can use with your class this week!

Graphing candy hearts by color! Click on here or on the picture!
A fun Valentine themed Write the Room activity!

Do you love spelling? Practice with this Valentine's Day crossword puzzle, then check out more spelling resources at !

Monday, January 29, 2018

Valentine's Day Party Prep

You are probably thinking it is not even February, but February is right around the corner-literally it is Thursday!
I wanted to show you my Valentine's Day party prep with you!
One of the things we do before our party is decorate our Valentine's bags. 

I usually put out a bunch of stickers on each table and let the kiddos go to town.

 These are the new stickers I got this year in addition to some foam stickers I have from last year!
During our party, the kiddos rotate to each table to do a fun Valentine's Day activity.  Here are a few of the activities we are doing this year!
We will do this cute sticker scene.  My kiddos love these and even did a gingerbread house one during the holidays!

I went back and forth with parent gifts and settled on this cute bear magnet.  Easy prep and all the pieces are self-adhesive!  WIN, WIN!

We will decorate cookies too! Well, these foam cookies!  I love that these crafts come individually wrapped with all the supplies ready to go!
Finally, I wanted to show you the Valentine's I am handing out to my kiddos.  Non-candy and super fun!

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own*

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Gifts for Students and Parents

Can you believe it is already December!?  That means we need to think about those holiday gifts now so we aren't scrambling the week before winter break!
I received some great things from Oriental Trading!
I decided to make a little goody bag for my kiddos this year!

I found these cute holiday notebooks.  

They are filled with blank paper.  These would be perfect for your kiddos to draw or write about their winter break. 

I wanted to have something more than a pencil, so I found these snowman crayons!  They are stackable and come in five different colors.
The kindergarten team does a whole grade level winter party on the day before break.  Each classroom has a different activity that the other kinder classes rotate through.  I did a games room last year and wanted to do it again.  At the end of our rotation, I let each kiddo pick out a prize for doing so well at the games.  This year I found this GIANT pack of winter pencils!  I plan on adding another pencil into my class's goody bags too!
I always hand out pencils for different prizes, etc, but I never think to add a sharpener...until this year!  
Don't forget the cute bag to hold all of the goodies!

And last but not least our parent gifts!  I plan on taking a picture of each kiddo to tape into each frame.  I usually let my kiddos decorate a piece of paper that we use to wrap our gifts in :)
I hope you found some things you can use for your class this holiday season! 

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Melissa and Doug Community Helpers

We do a big unit on community helpers and have parents come in to talk to the class about their jobs.  Before we get parents in the classroom, we talk about the various helpers in our community.  I usually have a few community helper centers that my kiddos rotate through.  Some of the activities are drawing tools community helpers use or build a city out of blocks!
I recently found Melissa and Doug on Oriental Trading and they have great high quality toys which includes community helpers!  

I got a pack that included various emergency vehicles with people, a farmer with tractor and animals, and a rug that shows the places you would see in a city.  There is a school, stores, farm, roads, and water!  My kiddos can use their imaginations to navigate through the city with their vehicles and people :)

These will be a great addition to my community helper centers and will help enforce the ideas on who and what is in a community!

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Trip to the Zoo

If you are like me, field trips are STRESSFUL!  Don't get me wrong they are educational and engaging, but making sure all kiddos are safe at every minute can stress a person out!

I was given a chance to try out a fun virtual reality game that brings the zoo to life in your own classroom.
The kit I received came with a virtual reality headset and reality flashcards.  The app is free to download.
Once the app is downloaded your kiddos can scan the cards to watch the animal come to life!

There are also food cards that you can match with the correct animal and watch them gobble that food right up!
The app also allows you to use it without the cards.  You can click on an animal and see it in 2D or 3D plus they give you a short paragraph about that animal.

This part of the app would be perfect for researching and writing about one of the animals.
I forgot to mention that there is an animal for every letter of the alphabet, so you're also practicing those letters along with learning all about the different animals.
You can use the virtual reality headset or just watch on your smart phone or tablet!

This trip to the zoo is a lot less walking, but still just as engaging!
Check it out for yourself HERE!