Mother's Day Gift Idea

Mother's Day is just around the corner and I have partnered with Pinhole Press to show you some of the custom Mother's Day gifts that I made for MY mom...annnnnnd myself. ;)

You may remember my Pinhole Press board books and puzzles that I made for Harry for Christmas, and I am proud to say that because of his little book, puzzle, and magnets, he can say ALL of our family members' names (including the pets, lol!)

This time, I hand picked some photos of my mom and Harry and made her a board book of the two of them.  I know she is going to cry when she sees this.  Now she can keep her own book at her house to read to him when he visits!



Along with the board book, I made her and my mother in law a "Love you to the moon and back" card.  You guys, these cards are WONDERFUL quality, and super affordable!



Here is the front of the card...

And this is the inside!
  I love that the front is just a large picture of my son, and the inside contains other full photo accompanied by really sweet text.  :).  This card is for MY mommy on Mother's Day. 





Of course I needed to make a Mommy and Me Board Book for myself as well...I mean it's FROM Harry...right?!?!



I decided to make a simple handprint craft for the grandmas as well!  I dipped my son's hand in red paint and pressed it onto the paper.  Then I used puffy paint to make the white seeds and green stem.  It would also be adorable if you used painted finger prints for the stem and seeds, but I took the easy route. ;)


Grab the "I love you Berry Much" free printable HERE!


Happy Mother's Day to all you mommies out there!






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What the Teacher Wore (Part 1)

Over the last 6 months I have been getting more and more excited about playing dress up, thrifting, finding comfortable (yet stylish) outfits for "mommy days," and my never-ending hunt for supportive teacher shoes.  You might have noticed that I even added at tab Teacher Style on my blog, to create a place for me to document, share, and experiment with fashion!

This summer I found a online clothing boutique, Ily Couture. I have had the opportunity to style some of their clothes on Instagram, and I have officially signed on as one of their brand ambassadors!  What that means, is every couple months I will be featuring some of Ily Couture's clothes on my blog and Instagram.

  I will be sharing affiliate links within my posts in which I an earn a small commission through your purchase. ❤️

My son and I spent the morning at the Long Beach Aquarium in our matching shirts!  It might have been my favorite part of our excursion! 😜


Little Boy Shirt: Me Either

One of my favorite parts about Ily Couture is their seasonal clothes.  They aren't IN YOUR FACE, but subtle, super stylish, and the fonts and graphics are amazing.  Hence my "Some 🐰Loves You" shirt!  The scoop neck and color make it super feminine and you don't even know it's an Easter shirt until you take the time to read the text.



Also, to my surprise, Harry LOVED the 🐰 ears! He even wanted to wear them in the car. Maybe it was a throwback to his helmet days. (Only some of you will get that πŸ˜‚)




Another exciting announcement is that Ashlyn from The Creative Classroom and I started a teacher fashion Instagram account: Pencils and Pumps.  It is in its beginning stages, but if you want to follow along, find us on Insta!




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DIY Cookie Sheet Chalkboard

Goodwill has become my new favorite place to find craft supplies for my classroom and son at home.  I love it because I can reuse and repurpose gently used items for a fraction of the cost.  Here is a simple DIY activity that you can make for your child or classroom! 



I found a cookie sheet, chalk, magnetic letters, numbers, and shapes.  (I seriously hit the jackpot!)  When I went to Goodwill I knew I was going to look for a cookie sheet because that is something you can ALWAYS find in the store.  My next mission was to find anything in the toy section that could possibly be magnetic or any other sort of item that I could use to practice shapes, colors, numbers, etc.  (Instead of the items that I found, you could also look for: alphabet blocks to make words, colorful Legos to sort, anything that you could lay on the tray to make patterns, the options are endless.)





I could have left the cookie sheet unpainted, but I decided to paint it with black chalkboard paint.  You can find this at any store that sells paint.  I painted the cookie tray and let it dry overnight.  Once it dried for 24 hours, I was ready to practice learning games with my son.



Take advantage of any time you can get your child to play with or explore letters.  Starting in Kindergarten they will need to learn simple words so they can learn to read and spell.  


I let my son place a number on the tray, and then I made that same number of dots under the number.  This displays number awareness, the ability to count, and strengthens fine motor skills to make small circles.





Kids love learning about and practicing shapes.  For this activity you could have your child match the shape to the chalk outline, or you could have them draw the shape themselves!  It would also make a fun tracing activity as well.


Sorting by color is a great activity for little ones.  I split the tray up into four sections and we sorted the objects by color.   You could have them sort anything!


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#schenrysclass pencils

 As you know, this year I am sharing a classroom with one of my real life best friends, Layla, from Fancy Free in 4th.  We are both working part time, in the came classroom, so we can teach but also stay home with our little ones.  It really is a dream come true.


Because we are two teachers in the same class, it only makes sense that we combine our names.  I mean, celebs do it... ;)

I am Mrs. Schrock and Layla is Mrs. Henry.

Schrock + Henry = Schenry


Thanks to Oriental Trading we were able to personalize pencils with #schenrysclass written on them.  Oriental trading offers this service in several different assortments of color and amounts, so you can easily modify your purchase to meet your needs!


These pencils have been perfect to pass out when students have excellent behavior all week long, or for special reward!

To follow along in our classroom fun, search #schenrysclass on Instagram to see our collaborative classroom posts!



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Earth Brands Spring Line


  Earth Brands are my JAM when it comes to comfortable shoes.  If I can wear them all day without having to take a "shoe break" then I consider it a plus.  If I can wear them all day at Disneyland, then they are my JAM! 


Earth Shoes- Bay
I really love, and prefer, wearing sandals to work when it is hot.  The Bay shoes have great support, and they are perfect to stand in all day long.  I paired them with a Carly dress from LulaRoe Duncan Girls VIP Boutique.  My plan is to live in these Carly dresses all summer because they are long enough to wear to the park and chase around my little man.  If you are looking for a comfortable and flattering dress to wear to school, join the Duncan Girls Facebook group and my friend Layla will be sure to find a perfect pattern to match your style.


Spring is almost here so that means any and all pastels are welcome.  


Earth Shoes- Caper
I have been looking for a classy/stylish wedge that I can wear with jeans, skirts, or dresses, and the Caper is just that.  This wedge comes in several different colors, but I picked this neutral "Ginger" color so I can wear it all year long!  It goes perfect with this pastel outfit, but I could also wear them with denim and a black shirt.  


Teacher tees dressed up with a cute skirt and fun shoes have become a favorite outfit of mine.  This Teach Your Heart Out shirt is from The Wright Stuff Chics in honor of the conference they are putting on in the fall.


Earthies- Brie
I am on an animal print kick, and my favorite way to wear those prints are on my shoes!  Snake skin print can be worn just like a neutral, and I got brave and paired it with my polka dot skirt!  


Every teacher needs a simple pair of flats that are comfortable AND have great support, I found that in the Brie!




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March Sensory Bins in Kindergarten


Guys.  I am officially obsessed with sensory bins.  My students always love digging, exploring, touching, feeling AND learning when I bust these bad boys out.  I have a sensory bin resource available for you in my TpT Store, take a gander at my March Academic Sensory Bins!


Set Up:
 I use plastic storage containers and fill it with items I already have in my classroom, along with ANYTHING seasonal I can find at the dollar spot or 99 cents store.  I use sensory bins during center time.  Typically, there are three sensory bins out at one station, and two students share a bin.  


The students pick a card and make an addition sentence, there is also an option to just pick a card and write the number.


The students practice building "short u" words OR just pick a letter and write it.

Some of you may know, I am a retired basketball player.  ;)  March isn't all about St. Patrick's Day, it is also about March Madness!  I included two basketball sensory bin activities for you to use after St. Patrick's Day passes.


This is my favorite activity- the students pick a card and they can either find the first sound, last sound, or word!  The best part is I can use the same cards for each activity, I just give them different recording sheets.  


Last but not least, the students practice drawing number using little circles (basketballs).  I don't know what it is about this skill that is so difficult for students sometimes! 

Grab these in my TpT Store to use for the month of March!  I also created an editable version for you to make your own sensory bin game! 






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