Teacher Memes (Part 2)


Back to School Teacher's Gift with Expo Markers

I would argue that one of the best part of going back to school is getting to open a new pack (or 5 packs, lol) of Expo Markers.  I am partnering with EXPO to showcase their NEW Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator. It’s clear ink barrel lets you know exactly how much ink is left!

It's always a thoughtful gesture to give your teaching team a small token of friendship/partnership/welcome/etc. on the first day of school.  Especially if you have a new teaching team member, the smallest note or gift can go along way to make that person feel welcome and included.

Grab these FREE flamingo gift tags in my TpT Store to pair with a fresh set of EXPO markers for your co-workers.  The tags have different phrases, so you can use them at the beginning or end of the year. ;)

You could always unwrap the marker set and just give each co-worker one or two markers! ;)  With six colors to choose from, you can make it personal by sending your or the recipient’s favorite color.

Be sure to grab a pack of EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator markers on your next Target run! ;).  You can also grab them on Amazon and other places that sell EXPO markers as well!  Please note that I am partnering with EXPO and am compensated for my work. I received product free of charge, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.


Cactus Classroom Decor

Cactus decor is all the rage right now.  It's a big commitment to change your whole classroom theme, but this is going to be our #schenrysclass theme next year!  We already have these colors throughout our room, so switching out the decorative items, labels, and decor will be doable (and affordable!).

"In this class we stick together."
Achieving academic success is SO important.  But so is treating each other with respect and kindness.  In our class we want our classroom to be a safe place where we "stick together," build one another up, and can be ourselves.  

You can grab my cactus bulletin board template in my TPT Store.  I purchased the paper fans and streamers at Target (dollar spot for the win), the wood paper is from Lakeshore, and the text and cacti are from my cactus bulletin board set.

Grab the wood grain paper HERE.


Fine Motor Skills with Lakeshore

Here is a fun fact about myself... in college, I was a business major so I never took any childhood development classes.  Sometimes people automatically assume that I know everything about kids because I am a kindergarten teacher = false.  I know a lot about kids from the age 4-6, but the earliest stages of development are somewhat foreign to me. 
 Becoming a mom and watching my son develop fine motors skills has been absolutely fascinating.  The first craft I tried to do with him was something "simple"- putting stickers on a piece of paper.  I instantly realized this was no easy task for a one year old...he had to pinch and pull the sticker off the sticker sheet, then aim to place it on the paper to stick and release.  I laughed at myself because I have never thought about all the coordination it took to put a sticker onto a piece of paper before this moment!
Lakeshore and I have partnered together to review some of their fine motor products that are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and even kindergarten students. Please note that I am a blog ambassador for Lakeshore Learning and I am compensated for my blog post, but all ideas are mine. :)

This little ice cream set is super cute.  The advanced idea is for the students to use the pinchers and place them in order as they count along the number line.  For Harry, he just had fun placing the scoops into the numbered slots, focusing on pinching the ice cream balls and steadily releasing them into each slot.

I was excited to see Harry learn how to twist and unscrew these little animals.  It took him a couple days of practice to figure out how to work his little hands to line up each piece and screw it on.

We kept saying, "twist, twist, twist" as he was putting the animals together.  This activity has been extremely rewarding for him because now he can screw a water bottle cap onto the bottle!  He laughs and says, "twist, twist, twist" in the context of the water bottle as well.  As a mom and teacher it's been fun seeing him connecting that dots of transferring what he learned from the toy into a real life skill!

Harry was really excited when I introduced the magnetic puzzle to him because he is REALLY into farm animals.  What's great about this maze is the puzzle pieces are behind plastic so you aren't going to lose any pieces!  I also liked how he was learning to "drag and drop" the pieces which is also a skill needed for using iPads (etc.).

This puzzle is great because he doesn't need to fit the pieces into specific spots.  Any of the pieces can slide into the different squares, so that means he feels successful the whole time he is playing.  We practiced saying the animal names and noises as we were playing.  (I thought it was adorable that he kept calling the farmer "man," lol!)

Lakeshore has compiled a free Parent Guide that has some school readiness tips for students entering grades preschool-5th grade.  Head over to their website to know what skills you can be working on this summer to be prepared for next school year!  


4th of July Necklace Craft

Happy 4th of July!

A 4th of July BBQ  is a great time to have a simple craft for the little ones.  It can be a long day of playing, eating, and celebrating, so it's always good to have some activity available if the kids get antsy before fireworks.

I came across these star paper straws at the dollar store and knew they would be perfect to turn into a necklace.

Before the party I cut all of the straws into little pieces (about an inch) so the kids will easily be able to string them onto the ribbon.  

I decided to use ribbon instead of yarn because the straw hole isn't that big.  I cut the ribbon ahead of time as well, and created an anchor at the end by tying a knot so the beads won't slip off as they are stringing them onto the ribbon.

One more thing on the to do list is to make a baggie for each kid that will contain their ribbon and enough straws for them to string to create a necklace!

4th of July is kind of a big deal in our house because it's Hercules' birthday!