Banyan Trees and Babies!

Hello friends! It has been a hot minute (9 months) since I’ve posted new content, hasn’t it?  I’ll explain my absence further down in this post, but first let me start by sharing a beautiful art project with you that my 5th graders absolutely loved. First, let me say that I did not invent this art project. You’ve probably seen these trees floating around your Pinterest feed if you’ve searched for upper elementary art lessons before.  But I’m here to {Read More}

5 Parent Christmas Gift Ideas for Upper Elementary Classrooms!

Every year when Thanksgiving break is over and we return to school,  I look forward to creating Christmas gifts with my students that they can take home to their parents.  This is especially fun for the students at my school as many of them come from low-income families, and they are just thrilled to be able to take something home to give as a gift to their families.  There are a few challenges though when it comes to choosing a {Read More}

The Red Carpet Treatment!

Yes, that’s right! When we showed up to school on Monday morning, the red carpet had been laid out for us by our awesome PTO!  They are one creative group of moms, and each year they go above and beyond for us during Teacher Appreciation Week.  This year’s theme was “Peregrine Celebrities!” (My school is called Peregrine.)  Here are a few of the fun things they did to transform our work space into a ‘red carpet event’ space! When we {Read More}

What We’re Up To Wednesday: A Weekly Linky hosted by TL!

Notice anything new around here? …. Yes, my blog got a facelift! I’ve been dying to transfer over from Blogger to WordPress for a LONG time, and I finally got around to it.  It was a LOT of work.  Luckily, I have a fiance who builds websites for a living! But I actually tried to learn a lot of what needed to be done myself- I only like to ‘code’ if I absolutely have to.  He does a lot of {Read More}

Spring Newbies and remember this ‘oldie’?

So I MAY have taken a bit of time off of the ol’ blog.  But don’t worry, I’ve been hard at work on some new TPT products.  First up? I finished Early Finisher packets for March AND April, and bundled them with May to give you a bit of savings when you buy all three together! Check them out below, and click on the pictures to view previews in my TPT shop. If you’re not sure what an Early Finisher {Read More}

Pin it to Win IT! And TWO huge reasons I am celebrating this year!

Hello out there! I was on a blogging hiatus for the last month while I buckled down to get my classroom ready for this school year, spend some good quality time with my family, and then last week- greeted my new 5th grade students! And let me just say- I have a feeling this year is going to be AWESOME! But before I get into sharing all about my new kiddos and what is new in my classroom, check out {Read More}

TPT Back to School Sale Started today!

If you haven’t already heard, the HUGE Teachers Pay Teachers Back-To-School Sale started today! My entire store is 20% off, and if you use the TPT code BTS13 then you’ll get an additional 10% off for a total of 28% off! It’s a pretty sweet deal so don’t miss it- the sale is today and tomorrow only! The Graphic above is from Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs- check out her cute stuff here!  Have fun shopping! I know I am! Amber

What’s in your “Me Time” drawer? And a nameplate question.

I’ve been making some headway on the décor for my new classroom colors which I am doing in bright patterns (pink, green, and turquoise) and black accents. I recently posted about my new Editable Daily Schedule Cards, and yesterday I finished a matching Calendar Pack with Classroom Numbers. I also included Days of the Week Cards for my primary teacher friends. Here’s a little preview: You can pick them up in my TPT store for 20% off, today and tomorrow only!  {Read More}

A Chair Facelift and Scrumptious Brown Banana Muffins

It’s Monday again! Yahoo! Not normally a day many look forward to, but not everyone has ‘Monday Made It’ in their lives! They’re missing out!   Made it for School: Chair Facelift About 5 years ago, a friend of mine was getting rid of this strange little chair and I thought it would be the perfect accessory to my classroom library corner.  It was! The kids loved it, and it became the “Star of the Week” chair.  Then I took {Read More}

And the WINNERS are…

Congratulations to the winners of my “1 Year Blogiversary Giveaway”! Winner of Prize Pack 1: “K.Almaraz”   Winner of Prize Pack 2: “Kirra Lehmann”  Winner of Prize Pack 3: “Amber Aslakson” I will be contacting you via the emails you supplied with your entries with your prizes! If you don’t hear from me within 48 hours, then please send me an email at ! And thanks again to all of the wonderful TPT authors and teacher bloggers who donated {Read More}