Monday, March 11, 2019

Feelin' Lucky?

I don't know about you, but I sure do feel lucky lately! I have been using learning activities and printables from to enhance my son Harrison's homeschooling. I really do like being able to print what we need at the time and that it is on his level. We can also look at the screen and decide if it is something that will meet his learning objectives. So easy!
Make reading and spelling your lucky activity this St. Patrick's Day with this word search.
And for quick-checking there are answer keys!

 For more fun and engaging learning tools, go to!
You can also check out @education_com on Pinterest and Twitter.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Lucky Leprechaun Trap Bait!

This post is brought to you by our awesome guest blogger katie santos!

Leprechaun Bait and Recipe + Printables

For most of us, St. Patrick’s Day usually means wearing green to avoid getting pinched,
but this year you can use these festive crafts to create an edible treat and lucky craft.
Teach your kids the history of the holiday and have fun making some leprechaun bait
to try to catch the mythical trickster. This leprechaun bait recipe from Personal Creations is a
yummy treat full of sweet and salty snacks, topped with green goodies. There’s also a healthy
version of the leprechaun bait featuring green vegetables to entice leprechauns seeking
a lighter meal.

Leprechaun Treat Mix Ingredients:
1 cup rice square cereal
1 cup popcorn
1 cup pretzels
½ cup marshmallows
½ cup chocolate candies
8 ounces white chocolate melts
Green sprinkles
Green food coloring
1. In a large bowl, combine rice square cereal, popcorn, pretzels, marshmallows
and chocolate candies. Mix together.
2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate on low heat
until smooth. Microwave for 30 seconds, and then in 15-second intervals to
assure you don’t burn the chocolate.
3. Once melted, stir in green food coloring and pour the white chocolate over your dry mix.
4 .Stir your mix until it is evenly coated.
5. On wax paper, spread your mixture out evenly and top with green sprinkles.
6. Allow the mix to cool for 10-15 minutes. Put in bags or a bowl to enjoy!

After making your leprechaun bait, print out the bait tags and recite the poem to
lure your leprechaun. Use the printable leprechaun trap to construct a cozy house for your
leprechaun and decorate as you wish.

On the eve of March 17th, place your bait inside the trap and make a lucky wish.
Your kids will be excited to wake up the next morning to see if their trap was a success.
They may even find some evidence of the leprechaun such as gold coins or scattered bait.
Whatever the result, spend time with your kids doing a creative activity that will add
lots of excitement to the St. Patrick's Day holiday.



Saturday, March 2, 2019

Reading is an adventure!

I feel like January was never going to end, and then February flew by!!!

I had a sick teenager (he is fine now) on my hands, and I have been doing lots of prep for my presentation at OLA on March 15th. I have been working to get my home office organized...I really want to make it something great! Our weather here in OK has been flip-flopping between warm and cold and my allergies have sure been reacting to the pollen! So that is what I have been up to in my little world.

I want to share some photos from my Heart Art Time program. I have an maximum of 20 kiddos but I ended up with 30! Good thing I over-plan! My next upcoming program for little ones is Dinosaur Art Time and I have many excited things planned for that--even some dinosaur exercises!

Oh, and I need to share these great books I have been reading to help me brainstorm teen program ideas:

This one has good ideas and takes you through decades like the 50s, etc. When reading it and taking notes, it became this creative creator where I would have an new idea after reading one from the book--ideas grown from their content. I love learning!

They are all written by Amy J. Alessio and a co-writer. I know you can get them through the ALA store and Amazon. However, I used my library card to check all these babies out!
I am on the search for a copy of this one next~

Happy reading, friends!


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Anchors Aweigh!

I wanted to share some recent anchor charts I have found.

I feel like even adults can benefit from this. It is always good to see if you are really done and ready to move on. When I was in 2nd grade, I would rush through my school work just to get it done correctly, but my teacher pointed out that I made a bunch of errors this way. It stuck with me that I needed to take my time and proofread. 

When I taught littles, we would make anchor charts just like this to explore beginning sounds. It was a part of our morning routine.

I love this idea to get kids interactive and thinking!

This chart is excellent for organizing literacy centers!

This is all about the details.

This would be a good chart to hang near a word wall in the classroom.

Sometimes we forget that we have so many tools to problem-solve.

A story map is a good way to increase reading comprehension.

I hope some of these give you some great ideas!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Black History Month

Happy February!

Is it just me or was January the longest month ever? It felt like one year in one month! 

Yesterday we had an unexpected snow day because there was sleet and ice on the roads. I had big plans in my mind to get things done around the house, but alas, the ice melted and I went shopping and out to eat instead. I don't feel guilty at all, because it is important to take time for yourself. 

February is Black History Month. Our adult librarian at my work has done yet another amazing display on African American Inventors. I love it because I always learn something from it. Displays are the best when they are educational and/or interactive.

I have seen some amazing door decorations on Facebook that highlight African American women who have contributed to history. I love the creativity! Here are some of them--

These two use photos of African American women to make up the top. What a great way to make it educational!
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This one below was spotted in Oklahoma! (My home).
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I love this one below because it is inspirational.
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This one integrates art because they are paintings.
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Have you ever seen the book face displays?
This takes it to a whole other awesome level!
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And here is a great wealth of Black History Month resources collected by Charles Preston. They are not downloadable and are only available until the end of February. Click the link below to access.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Science of Reading

Do yourself a favor and download this free pdf that takes you through the science of reading!

PDF HERE from R-I-S-E Arkansas


Thursday, January 17, 2019

I'm Mr.Snow....

Here in Oklahoma we have a Snow-pocalypse on its way. It reminded me of Snow and Heat Miser and their awesome songs. You know it is on its way when your local weatherman posts this a week before:

For the record, I have never bought bread or milk when a snowstorm is coming. My cart gets hot cocoa, popcorn and bottled water. It is supposed to start in two days. We will see. It may do nothing!
But if it does-I am looking forward to organizing my home office. Yes, Marie Kondo fever has struck me!

I have been working on organizing the library storage room. Everything has a color-coded place. It is still a work in progress!

During Winter Art Time, the kiddos made construction paper penguins and melted snowpeople out of shaving cream mixed with Elmer's glue.
We read a book on penguins and danced to snow songs.

This is the Winter display I did in the children's area.

The snowflakes took me forever to cut. I always use what we have on hand to make displays.

And this is the display I made above the children's shelves. The trees were a total DIY I made with scraps and such.

Blurry, but the sign says " 'Tis the Season to be Reading!"

I have been working on a genealogy project for a patron. I had an "a-ha" moment while researching records because one of them had the person's name badly misspelled. Finding that one missing piece was like doing detective work. I love doing research! 


Monday, January 7, 2019

Winter Wonderland

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Hey all,
A few days ago we had a little Winter weatherice and snowfall. My son enjoyed playing in it! This Winter we have had pretty mild weather for Oklahoma. I fear that means mosquitos will be bad this Summer.

This Winter weather had me looking for some Winter ideas you can use for teaching/homeschooling/library programs. So let’s share!
Do you want to build a snowman?
Look at this snowman segmentation activity. It is great for phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate sounds. It is so important to develop pa skills in early childhood. You can download it from Fantastic Fun and Learning blog HERE. 

mitten match

Mitten sight word matching looks like so much fun! I believe that this activity would help with learning sight words that are valuable because these words are high frequency--or often seen in reading and writing. This is from Books and Giggles and you can download it HERE.

Melted snowman

I wish I had taken a photo of my melted snowman craftivity-but alas, it is at work at the moment. I plan on doing it at the library during my Winter Art Time program. You use shaving cream and school glue (like Elmer's) to make a puffy paint melted snowman. Then you add his parts. I had seen the idea on Pinterest, but found the template I used for the project at Messy Little Monster and you can get it HERE. 

Stay warm, darlings!