Great Ideas!

I’m currently working on a task at The Mailbox® that involves spreadsheets listing all our activities. I can’t begin to describe the size of these spreadsheets. They’re big enough that my eyes are starting to blur. But my heart is happy seeing how many wonderful activities we have available to help you in the classroom!…

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September Mailbox Goodness!

The September issues of The Mailbox® magazine are online—and they’re full of goodies just perfect for the beginning of the school year, including activities and printables appropriate for both social distancing and virtual learning. I took a look through the issues and thought I would show some highlights from different grade levels. (This is only…

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A New Journey

A new school year means a new journey—and this one might end up being a wild and bumpy ride. No matter how bizarre back-to-school ends up being, you’ll want your students to have that familiar feeling that they’re starting an adventure with you and fellow classmates. To help create that feeling, have your students make…

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A “Dino-Mite” First Friday Giveaway!

This month’s First Friday Giveaway is definitely something to ROAR about! It started with a pack of 18 colorful Expo dry erase markers. Then I went looking for a couple of fun books for back to school. Two dinosaur books would do nicely. Then I found an adorable plush T-Rex—and well, you know what happened…

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September Sing-Along

Who would like a song or two or three to sing with students this September? I’m hoping you! Welcome September, jazz up calendar time, and prolong hand washing with this trio of top-notch tunes. Happy September to all! Diane Hooray for September! (sing along to the tune of “Jingle Bells”) September, September, September’s here, hooray!…

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Recess—Yay or Nay?

Here’s hoping your students will have recess this year. Maybe even recesses! I think brain breaks are a super idea, however should brain breaks replace outdoor recess? My vote is no, they should not. Brain breaks are fun and active, however most are structured. Recess allows for unstructured play time which encourages creativity and fosters…

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