School Supplies You Didn’t Know You Needed, Until Now!

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I get so excited during the summer when the Back to School sales start. I think it goes back to my childhood when my folks would take me to get my school supplies. We went to a store called Smitty’s and I would get to pick out a new pencil box, crayons, and a fresh […]

Fun, Easy, and Free Egg Carton Math Games

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Egg cartons are such an inexpensive and overlooked teaching tool. There is so much you can do with them. We have this amazing place in the Phoenix area called Treasures 4 Teachers. They are an organization founded to help teachers get supplies they need at little cost.  They have a huge warehouse chock-full of teaching […]

Themes… Going BIG!

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I L-O-V-E teaching and decorating my classroom with themes. It started back in in the “Whole Language” era (yeah, I am that old!) but came back to life for me during my years in the library. A dear friend offered his talent and expertise to help me create my visions using insulation styrofoam sheets to […]

Pick My Pocket! A Permanent Center for Your Classroom

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You all know I just love sharing some of my favorite things from the “WAY BACK FILES” and this is another one.  For this months BRIGHT IDEA, I thought I would share my “Pick My Pocket” board. It is so simple. There are no gimmicks or magic buttons. It is just a large, laminated poster […]

Holiday Class Writing Journals

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If you are familiar with my Class Writing Journals, I have some exciting news!  I finally finished a holiday expansion pack.  I am so excited about these! This pack includes 6 holiday themed writing journals to use throughout the year.  They match my other Class Writing Journals so they can easily be added to the […]

Using Restaurant Supplies in the Classroom

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I’m so excited for another month of Bright Ideas, and this month’s linky party is a great one! Back in the day, I taught Home Economics for 4 years. We would organize a mock restaurant for the teachers each year where the kids would apply for jobs, cook the food, make the menus… the whole […]

Up, Up and Away!

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Looking for a great unit for teaching flight?  I just uploaded my new “Up, Up, and Away!” unit to Teachers Pay Teachers! It is chock FULL of fun, engaging activities for teaching all bout kites, hot air balloons, and other things that fly!  It also has beautiful images of some of my favorite things!   I have […]