Date Night


How is your Saturday night shaping up? 😀 Mine has included spa night with my two favorite girls and now a date with this lovely dude above.

I will readily admit I love spa night with my two girls AND I love my laminator. Back to cutting out my completely revamped Page Protector Bundle 1. Here’s a sneak peek …


For the first 48 hours after this post has gone live (9 p.m. CST), this product will be half-price. Click HERE!

Inspired by Summer: I Spy Linking Verbs IS, AM, ARE

This summer, we’ve been busy with unpacking, creek stomping, unpacking, and taking a break from school … for the most part. But I’ve been busy the last few days with an idea that led to this fun resource below. My 8YO son and 7YO daughter, both entering 2nd grade this year, didn’t want to quit using it today when I asked them to try it out! In fact, they did so well with this learning tool that I have several ideas for more I SPY learning games.


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Activity-Based Alphabet Assessment

I was catching up on laundry and trying to organize our language materials in the library today.

A certain little someone was nearby as usual and was saying, “P-UH-lease play with me Mommy!” I decided a break from laundry was needed.

She wanted to play with the packing materials again. If you’ve ever purchased the squishy styrofoam peanuts that can be moistened and shaped into objects … these are just like those except all white and repurposed from a package Grammy received.

Well Li’l Bit loves playing with a tub of them. Today I decided to hide magnet letters in them and ask her to name them as she placed them on a dollar*tree cookie sheet.

She loved doing this and had no clue it was “work”! I was able to assess which uppercase letters she can identify and which she can’t. I put most of them in there at least two times, so I feel like my informal assessment is accurate.

She had so much fun that she wanted to hide some for me to find too. I always give her “tools” as well like old measuring cups and spoons as well as various containers.

Please share ways you extend fun activities for purposeful learning and/or assessment of your preschooler or early elementary students! I love hearing other ideas for purposeful play!

Today’s Time-tested Tip: When reading a picture book aloud to a non-reader who is eager to turn pages, tell them to wait for you to tap the bottom corner of the right page twice before turning it to the next page.

(This really works and quells any desire to pull your hair out as you read to a non-reader who seems more interested in the turning of the page than the story itself. I’ve used this trick since our oldest was a toddler and he is now 14!)

Max Is on the Move and Needs Help!

Mo and I have been hard at work on an exciting project: a Creative Writing unit that is now available in my TpT store. This has been so much fun for both of us, and I am really hopeful others will appreciate this character he has created as much as he does!


If your students like mine struggle to “think of something to write about”, this resource might be a fun addition to your writing center or bag of tricks, whichever the case may be!

Two of my students went to work taking Max on an adventure, and I was certainly pleased to see their imaginations take over!



It includes 25 Writing Prompts on lined paper as well as 2 blank pages with just lines and no prompts. These can be used for page 2 or for students who have their own idea of where to take Max next!

My favorite part about this unit is the hand-drawn illustration and character sketch of Max, which Mo created himself!

I tried a different giveaway with another resource and that didn’t work as well, so this time I’m going to say I will give away 3 of these resources to the first three people to share about it on either their blog, FB or pinterest page. If you share, just leave a link in my comments and let me know how you shared!

I think your students will like Max, and he needs help to get moving on new adventures!