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As the school year is winding down, it might be a nice idea to plan something special for the moms and dads of your students. What could be better than having your class host a fancy tea party  to honor their parents and/or grandparents?  The kids will love the planning, the parents will love attending and you will be earning some of the best PR any  teacher could ever hope to get!

I am going to share with you some of the festivities my granddaughter Mia planned to celebrate her 7th birthday. She had a great time planning her "fancy"  tea party. When she was brainstorming possible ideas to make her party an awesome event, I remember thinking what a great idea a fancy tea party would be to celebrate Mother's Day in the classroom--or an awesome event to invite moms in near the end of the year. I want to share some of the decorations Mia used and offer a few suggestions for creating an elegant tea party on a budget.

To set just the right tone for the tea, you will need some colorful decorations. Grab some brightly colored tissue paper, pipe cleaners and a pair of scissors. You are ready to begin creating beautiful flowers to decorate your room and to serve as a gift for moms to take home. In the picture below (on the right) you can see a flower hanging from the ceiling!  I have outlined the steps to create the flowers in an earlier post. Click here to read it. Your kids can absolutely make them!

   

Another powerful element for setting the right mood is the table setting. Mia used table cloths and a runner from the thrift store. A less expensive version would be to use a long sheet of white paper from a large roll to serve as your "linen" tablecloth. Cut a table runner from a large roll of lightly colored paper.  Have the kids write little messages to parents and grandparents and enhance the messages with drawings. Irresistibly cute! You might chose not have the moms sit at the table. It could be used as a decorative table with trays of goodies and a pretty tea pot--or coffee. The children attending Mia's party actually had a choice of different juices and chocolate milk.

The roses and tulle decorating these chairs were purchased at a Michael's sale. A less expensive version would be to decorate chairs with kid-made flowers to match the table setting.

Mia's mom used  cookie cutters to make these adorable sandwiches. Butterfly sandwiches are on the right.  You could serve chocolate chips--homemade or packaged--or any other cookie, brownie or cake you can get.

Here's one happy kid celebrating her special day.  I have tried to give you some cost effective ideas so you too can host a special day for your students and guests. Have the kids design special invitations! Don't forget some materials, such as a pretty tea pot, can be borrowed too. Mia got hers at a thrift shop for a very reasonable price. There are so many things you can do for the kids and their guests to have an unforgettable day to celebrate the end of a year in your class. If you do decide to host a fancy tea party, let me know how it turns out. Have fun!

 

Spring into a great giveaway! The April Teachers Pay Teachers $75 gift card giveaway has just begun!
I have joined a group of teacher-bloggers to co-host an awesome giveaway with a $75 Teachers Pay Teacher gift card as a prize. Wouldn't it be great to win a $75 gift card and pick up some fabulous resources for some fresh spring adventures for your class? Or get creative with some great clip art?
Enter below for your chance to win the contest and get some of the hot items on your wish list.
The organizer, Kelly Malloy, invites you to join more giveaways too.  See the link at the bottom of this post if you would like to co-host too.
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Prize: $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher), 
 
 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 4/13/17 and is open worldwide.

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Get ready! It's so exciting! It's time for another TpT sitewide sale and it starts at midnight tonight EST! Let's celebrate the chance to get some great BIG bargains! Get out your wish list and grab the things you want while they're on sale! I'm putting my entire store on sale for at least a 20% savings! If you use coupon code LOVETpT at checkout you will save a total of 28% off your entire purchase! Wow! That's awesome! To make this sale even more exciting than it already is, I have teemed up with four awesome teacher bloggers to co-host a fun blog hop with a $50 TpT gift card for a prize.

To follow the hop and have a chance to win a $50 TpT gift card you will need to go through only 5 blogs to collect a word in a pink conversation heart. When you have collected all 5 words and decoded the secret phrase, the opportunity for bonus entries will be unlocked.   The contest ends Wednesday at noon and the winner will be announced Wednesday afternoon when there will still be time to shop the the sale and spend those fun winnings!

Enter on the Rafflecopter right here!

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When you get back to me you're done!  Have fun at the hop!  Wishing you good luck and BIG savings at the sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Once again I have joined a group of teacher-bloggers to co-host a great giveaway with a $75 Teachers Pay Teacher gift card as a prize. Wouldn't it be great to win that gift card and empty out your wish list? Enter below for your chance to win. The organizer, Kelly Malloy, invites you to join more giveaways too.  See the link at the bottom of this post if you would like to co-host too.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS
 
Prize:  $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card
 
Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher).
 
 
 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 12/13/16 and is open worldwide.

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And don't forget to enter our weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card giveaway as well!


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Once again I am joining my good friend Kelly Malloy and some other talented teacher-bloggers to co-host our $75 monthly TpT gift card giveaway. Who wouldn't love to have $75 to spend on TpT resources and beautiful clip art? That would really save some prep time!!  Enter the contest by using the Rafflecopter below and I wish you good luck!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS
 
Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher), 
 
 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 10/13/16 and is open worldwide.
 
 
 

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Main Pick 3 Graphic September

Welcome to September's Pinterest Pick 3 Linky hosted by Marissa from the Inspired Owl's Corner, Lisa from PAWSitively Teaching, and  Ashley from Just Reed!  It's  September and school is back in session in many places. Next week, schools on Long Island are back too! I always love the beginning of a new year! There is so much hope for everything that can be. Kids are excited! Teachers are excited! Everything is brand new, organized and cleaned and expectations are high! It's just exhilarating!  I found some cool pins to share with you! I hope they will give you some inspiration to try something new this year!

 

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Readers and post-its

I love the idea of posting this chart before reading and reminding kids what to look for as the story is read.  Each kids gets a post-it to write a note of something that happened in the story that matches a title on the chart.  It's a great way to make kids active participants in the lesson and to keep them engaged as they share their ideas!

 

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Unfortunately, this picture isn't as clear as it could be, but the idea is great. It's called the 100 Day Diary. Every day kids write a short entry in their diary, date it and illustrate it with a few quick drawings. They do this for 100 days. What a great way to celebrate the 100th day of school. They will surely realize how long a period of 100 days is!  I like this idea as a quick do-now to be done every morning while everyone is settling down to work!

 

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During the first week of school take your class picture with kids holding up letters to caption the picture. Once you have the picture it can be used over and over for so many things, such as, write a class book and place the picture with a few sentences about the authors, send a thank you note to a parent or school personnel  on you class's personalized stationary, make an invitation using the picture to invite another class to attend something your class is hosting. You can also take special pictures throughout the year for different holidays or seasons. One example, give each kid a white fur-trimmed red hat and spell out Happy Holidays for a great holiday card!  The possibilities are endless and the pictures chronicle the year in your class! Parents and the kids will love it!

 

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Check out my Pinterest feed for more great ideas for September. Feel free to peruse my boards to find some awesome  ideas.

Visit A Plus Kids' profile on Pinterest.

Visit the other participating blogs for more creative ideas and leave comments everywhere to tell bloggers what you think. If you have an interesting activity for September, a recipe, or an anything-at-all pin,  feel free to link up and share. Have fun!  I wish you all a great school year!

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It's definitely back to school time!!  Many of you are already back and many schools in the northeast are headed back next week. This Back 2 School Giveaway comes at just the right time for the lucky winner to pick up a last minute resource or two. One lucky winner will receive two prizes:  a $10 TpT gift card and one resource (no bundles) from my store, A+ Kids.

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The winner will be announced right here on September 9, 2016 and will be notified by email. It is the winner's responsibility to contact me within 48 hours of the email being sent.

Wishing you good luck and a great school year!

 

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Just have to share my new resources about America's 50 states. There are five different resources rolled into one big bundle. Kids will learn about the states of our great country.  They will become familiar with the map of the United States, develop a sense of spatial awareness of regions of the United States, identify states by their shape when presented outside of a US map, learn the state capitals, and use organizers to complete a state report.

The five separate resources, all included in the bundle, and described below, are also offered individually.

The bundle contains everything you need to teach a unit about  America's 50 states including diversified approaches to the subject matter with ideas for differentiation.

The Atlas

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All 50 states, with their capitals clearly labeled, are depicted on individual pages. Students use classroom wall maps or the internet to find other large cities and large bodies of water for each state and label their own maps.  The teacher must choose the objectives to be achieved: 1) use these pages  to form one class atlas or individual ones for each student,  2) complete pages for individual states to include in state reports.

The United States Map Puzzle

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Each of the 50 large puzzle pieces need to be identified, labeled and placed onto a large piece of paper to for a wall-sized (20" x 30") map of the US.  This is an activity that will work well working in small groups.  Kids can look at the shape of the states given to their group and try to identify them. The teacher can differentiate by giving more able learners states like Missouri and Ohio that can easily be confused with a few other states when they are no longer part of the whole map.  Less able learners can contribute by working on states such as Texas, Florida, California and New York. They are easily identifiable.

Four-Piece State Facts Puzzles

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Kids assemble 50 four-piece puzzles using the clues on each puzzle piece. Clues include a picture of the state, large cities, the state's nickname and its abbreviation. Pictures of the states are presented in color. There is an additional set presented in black and white.

States and Capitals

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A map of the United States has the states labeled only with numbers. Kids identify each state and  its capital city on the student's response sheet.

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Teachers can also implement a reverse activity and make cards with the names of states and their capitals by cutting up the answer sheet.  The cards are  placed in a bag  and pulled  out one at a time. The card is read aloud. Kids need to find the number of the state on the map.

 

 Researching America's 50 Great States

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Kids will need to use the internet to find out who holds office in the state they are researching.

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When research work is completed, kids can design a flag with information they have learned. This student is drawing a picture of New Mexico's state bug.  She also learned that New Mexico was the 47th state admitted to the Union. When she finishers her flag, it will be posted on the wall with others to create a long banner of states.

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When I was making these resources, I intended for them to enrich your class studies of America's states. Now that the entire bundle is completed, I realize that they can also used independently in your classroom to develop a particular skill or you can choose to use any combination of activities to suit your needs.  My  hope is that these resources will help you to save time and have less stress.  Everything is done for you with the exception of some cutting and the students do most of that!

Less work for the teacher, more fun for the kids and greater organization for everyone!

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show and tell tuesday

July was such a great month and a beautiful, busy start to the summer!  Two really special things happened. I was lucky to be able to attend the TpT conference again this year.  It was great meeting up with some teacher-authors that I met during the last two conferences in Las Vegas. The second great thing was my son's family was able to visit on Long Island for a week and I was able to grab some fun time with granddaughters--all for myself.

 

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Kathleen (Long Island), Kelly (Nevada), Minnie (Florida),

Mercedes (California), and Chandra (North Carolina)

Here's a few members of our little group that met over the last two years in Las Vegas. We are all from different states but have been supporting each other ever since.  Here we are at this year's TpT conference in Orlando having breakfast with Minnie Mouse who was happy to pose with us.

 

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Here I am with Donald Duck who is just so cute! Love him!

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We had a great table at the Cool Kids Meet and Greet. It was lots of fun seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  Goofy was an extra special guest. We were also lucky to have two members of Team TpT, Jodi and Talya, at our table. The Cool Kids Meet and Greet  was bigger and better than ever this year. Lots and lots of cool swag!

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Girls2016PicsWhat a fun time taking my three granddaughters shopping for new outfits! They had a blast trying on different outfits until they finally settled on final choices. The girls on each end, Alexa and Abby, are sisters and live out-of-state.   They are cousins to Mia, the girl in the middle.  Love these girls! Can't wait to do it again!

Kathleen in 8 Apples

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am so happy to finally reach a milestone I have been pursuing--500 followers at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!   Some of my favorite teacher-authors are helping me celebrate by offering fabulous resources for the lucky winner of my giveaway. My very creative teacher-author friends are offering a Winner's Choice resource from every store listed. The lucky winner will get to shop in each store and select a resource of their choice--no bundles, $10 limit. That's a lot of fun shopping and a great chance to grab some awesome resources to help you get through the end of the school year stress or maybe grab a few resources to start next year.

Enter the Rafflecopter contest to win this fabulous shopping spree. The contest starts on Thursday, April 28th an ends Monday, May 2nd.  Good luck to you!

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