December 5, 2016

Holiday Gifts for Students


Teaching is always busy, and December is no exception. Does anyone else feel like the year is flying by and you’re just trying to catch your breath?  Despite my ever growing checklist I absolutely love December, absolutely love Christmas, and absolutely love the gift of giving.


Each year, my goal is to give my students a heartfelt gift before sending them off for the holidays. Here is a collection of tried and true holiday gift ideas that your students are sure to love. 

1 - Snowman Soup
This is one of my favorite go-to gift ideas from Ashley Schroeder. You put together hot cocoa, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and a candy cane (the stirring stick - so cute right?), plus an adorable note she includes for free! (Click here for your copy.) Snowman soup has been done a ton of different ways and easily adapts to fit your budget. 



2- Book & Bookmark
Another go-to gift I've done is given each student a book along with a personalized bookmark.  This is great for years when you have a lot of allergies to be mindful or want to get away from sweets. Scholastic always runs great holiday book pack options and has rotating $1 deals. I love being able to use my Scholastic points to grab the books for free too! Click the photo below to see how Jamie of Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher creates a class book auction, and gives you step by step details to create your own. I love her idea and can't wait to try it this year! 


Click HERE to snag my FREE student holiday bookmarks!

Homework pass more your style? Grab that here.

3 - Ornaments (so many ways to choose from!)

There are a million and one ways to dress up a plastic ornament for your students this Christmas. Here are a few of my favorites. Click the image for instructions.
*Buy plastic bulbs from Michaels (mention you're a teacher for the discount!), some acrylic paints, and glitter. Pour a little bit of paint and glitter into each bulb and swirl itaround to get this type of an effect. Add their name & school year with a marker for a more personalized touch. 
*Cut out a silly picture of your students, fill the ornament with fake snow, add a ribbon and voila! Pure adorableness. 

*Buy white oranments, paint a snowman face on, add student's name and year. Aris from Sailing in Second had her students create these in centers, but they'd be easy to make and give as student gifts too! 
         these are super easy ornaments!! you just need acrylic paint and glass balls. you first need to pour alchohol on the inside of them of them to rinse them out, and let air dry for 24 hours. That helps the paint stick.  Then you just shake them up..  you can replace the metal cap on the ornament to shake up, or I also used a cotton ball and covered the opening and shook them up that way. Use paint sparingly and add a little at a time till you know what you need :):  


4- STEM Marshmallow Shooter Activity Pack
Brooke Brown has done it again y'all. This is the cutest and probably most popular holiday gift I've given my students. She's sharing this wonderful STEM based gift with you for FREE. Click here or the image above to check it out. Gift your students a fabulously engaging, educational, and fun treat this winter. Major bonus: it's less than $1 per student! 









5- Whiteboards - and marker! 


I love these because they're only $1 and the marker is included. Pass them out as is or write a sweet personalized note for each kiddo on their board. You can order them here.  Mine took about a week and a half to ship in the past. Double check the shipping time frame before ordering. (Also - many stores have these in stock.)



6- Pencil & Poem
This year I have appreciated non-treat gifts SO MUCH. I have a handful of students with severe allergies and creative little gifts like this are so inclusive and great for everyone. Check out what The Room Mom posted as a back to school idea but would work great with Target's super cute dollar holiday pencils too! We're also half way through the year so you can really come up with fitting adjectives for your kiddos. 



7- Rudolph Lollipops
What student wouldn't fall in love with this sweet treat? Third Grade Thoughts give you this template so all you need is paper, scissors, and lollipops. Click here to read more about how she creates these tasty masterpieces. 

8- Math Card Games
Give your students a fun way to keep up with their math facts this break! You can grab this FREE printable (pictured below) from the amazing Jamie at Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher. There is both an addition and multiplication version (perfect for differentiating to your kids' needs).  Grab a pack of 2 card decks for only $1 at the Dollar Store. 

9- Candy Bar with Decorated Bags

Students love creating...and they love candy. Why not have a mini candy bar where students can fill goodie bags (brown paper bags) that they've had fun decorating with their favorite treats? I love The Teacher Next Door's post on how she incorporated creating bags with her students. Add some colorful bowls of candy and you'll have cheerful little elves. 
    


10- Play-dough & Holiday Mats
I think these free printable mats are from Early Learning Ideas are absolutely perfect. Just add Play-Doh and you're ready to go. I can see even upper elementary students really enjoying these. Click here  or the photo below to grab her freebie and read more about how she prepares this cute gift.


Have a favorite gift that you give? I'd love to hear about it in the comments! 
+Happy teaching & the merriest of Christmases!+


August 23, 2016

#Bestyearever Back to School Giveaway!


Looking to build community and start your school year off on the right foot? I've teamed up with six other wonderful teachers to bring you some amazing back to school resources for FREE! We want to help you have the #BestSchoolYearEver! Simply follow the rafflecopter link below, for each "follow" you will get one entry towards winning this fabulous package!

What's will you win?! Click each image to see more!



Build classroom community daily with Cait's Cool School's Question of the Day!



Editable: Thanks for "popping" in tags! Perfect for meet the teacher or open house! 


 Your own First Week Survival Packet from Shelley Reese! 


An adorable "All About Me" Backpack craftivity from Once Upon a Learning Adventure!



A perfect Back to School Flip Book to help your students set goals from Samson's Shoppe!


Last but not least, have a blast turning your students into SPYS! They'll complete missions using random acts of kindness to build a fun classroom culture! 


You can enter below, good luck and happy teaching!! 

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April 24, 2016

End of Year Tips & Gift Card Giveaway!

The end of the school year can be h-e-c-t-i-c! Here are some fun ideas to keep you sane and happy!