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Happy Summer!

Happy summer break! But don't worry, we'll still be sharing ideas with you as you prepare for next school year. And we'll also be sharing some ideas and freebies for moms to help fill those long summer days!

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Children’s Book Week

Here's the official poster and website for Children's Book Week May 11-17. How will you celebrate? We recommend downloading the free bookmarks for starters! We're loving the short summaries on fantastic children's books over at No Time For Flashcards. Stop by and find some new books for your library list!

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift

Need a last minute idea for your kids to make for their mom, grandma, or other maternal figure? I think a set of these adorable notecards hand colored by your little one would not only be a great gift, but a fun activity! And while you're over there, check out

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Bare Books

Many young children love writing stories. Long before I could write well, I would staple art paper into little story books that I would write and illustrate. One of my favorite projects in elementary school was writing and editing a special story to put into a "Bare Book." We carefully

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Works For Us Wednesday: Secret Scrap

Heidi says: We were cutting a lot of papers for math the other day which, inevitably, left a blanket of confetti on the floor. It’s those moment when I’d like to kiss the person that invented “secret scrap.” I do it a little differently than Emily, so I’ll let her

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Color Me Rocket

This adorable cardboard rocket (and the company also makes a cardboard house) would be a delightful creative activity for home. It would be fun not only to play in but to put together and decorate. I could see it being used in a classroom library or dramatic play area for

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Works For Us Wednesday: Transitions

Here are two of our favorite tricks for transitions in our classroom: 1- Poetry. The monthly poem goes up on the wall and we do some shared reading with it to get comfortable. After we're good at it, I started using it at transitions. As the students are cleaning up

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Spring Poem: The Wind

We both love using poetry in the classroom. You can read about how Heidi used it recently here. I'll be posting some more about it later this week when I start a new feature on Wednesday. Today seemed like a good day to share one of my favorite spring poems,

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