Cinco de Mayo!

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! And although many of us in the United States think the holiday celebrates tacos and margaritas, that’s actually not the case. (Although it is a good excuse to have tacos and margaritas!) Cinco de Mayo commemorates the defeat of French troops at the Battle of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City. …

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Great Poetry Reading Day

This Tuesday, April 28th, is Great Poetry Reading Day! I personally got hooked on poetry in second grade. A classmate’s father visited our class to read poetry to us and several of the poems were by Shel Silverstein. It was delightful and hilarious and obviously very memorable. I even remember going home and telling my…

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Windy Weather!

We’ve certainly been having typical spring weather here in North Carolina—days alternating between sunshine and rain with lots of wind! It was so windy last week, my cats hid under the bed. As long as my electricity stays on, I love rainy and windy spring days! Check out these windy-weather ideas that are timely and…

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Find the Better Flier!

The end of the school year is a good time to bring out activities that are BIG on both fun and learning. That’s why it’s a good time for paper airplanes!  These folded creations have come a long way. I recommend having students create three different options (geometry, spatial skills) and then flying them to…

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Froggy Fun!

I live in an area that has an abundance of ponds–and thus an abundance of frogs. This time of year the cheeping, croaking, and peeping is deafening.  I love it! It’s not uncommon for me to have one or two of the cute little buggers attached to my living room window like funky decorative clings….

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Put It On a Stick

It’s National Something on a Stick Day. And although I think corn dogs are the bomb, I don’t believe we need a day to spotlight the brilliance of jamming a hot dog on a stick. However, I have found a stick deserving of our celebration–the craft stick! Check out these fabulous craft stick activities. 🙂…

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