Booklets Are the Best!

I love a good booklet that teaches print concepts as well as other required skills. And these booklets are super helpful because you can download them and send them to parents for youngsters to complete while staying at home. Check out two of my favorite booklets that are perfect for spring.   Here’s a busy…

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Got Ideas?

Some of you might be looking for different activities to take up time while self-isolating or sheltering in place. Have you considered submitting your original teaching ideas to The Mailbox®? We’re not looking for polished write-ups of classroom activities–just send us the gist of your idea.  You’ll receive $20 for each accepted activity. And of…

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A Tough Talk

For those of you who are in school districts that are still open, you probably have students who are uneasy and have lots of questions. (Most adults are uneasy and have lots of questions as well!) But your job is to be a logical and calming influence–so I decided to write my blog on ways…

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A Handwashing Review

I read an article recently that said 30% of people do not wash their hands after using the restroom. Yeah, it makes me shudder too. And even more people wash their hands by twiddling their fingers through the water sans soap. So I thought it would be timely, what with the current pandemic talk, to…

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The Memory Challenge!

I recently skimmed this article discussing how high-stakes testing in school takes away from authentic learning experiences. This isn’t news to teachers–we’ve always been aware of this. The rich experiences we had in school don’t occur as frequently in today’s classroom. And that got me thinking–what classroom activities stick out in my mind from elementary…

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Love Your Pet!

This Thursday, February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day! I have three spoiled cats (Ralph, Rufus, and Moose) who get loving every day, but I will certainly give them some extra treats this Thursday. They deserve all the love because I benefit from them so much! Did you know that having a pet can–…

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