Saturday, December 14, 2013

American Eagle Holiday Picks

Adorable Ornament.. Do-It-Yourself

                  Check Out this adorable DIY from Studio DIY (my fav)
This blog has so many adorable,  holiday do-it yourself crafts, I've been such a blog stalker lately!  
Such an easy way decorate in the classroom for the holidays.

DIY Giant Ornament Balloons
36″ Balloons (You can often find them at independently owned party stores, or online here!)
Metallic Cardstock
Metallic Pipe Cleaners
Strong Tape and/or Hot Glue
Scallop Scissors (optional)
Cut a strip to your desired size for the ornament topper. Mine was about 4″ by 12″. I decided to scallop one edge of the strip, but that’s totally optional! Tape or hot glue the ends of the strip together, and then glue a pipe cleaner to the top of the cylinder you just made, forming a loop. Last but not least, tape or hot glue (use the gun on the low heat setting) your ornament topper to your balloon, covering up the balloon’s tail. Done!
Photos from  from studio diy site

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Can you guess the characters?

My school librarian totally rocks, teachers and students look forward to her monthly themes and beautiful bulletin boards.. the two below happen to be my favorite.  "Guess Who" Pinterest inspired
bulletin boards..{love it} 
How many characters can you name?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Essay Writing guest blogger Lois

The Basics on Essay Writing for Kids

            Teach kids how to write an essay could be a challenging task. They could still be struggling with the entire process or essay writing in terms of the structure and the whole sentence flow. Also they might have a difficult time expressing themselves properly. But once they know the fundamentals of essay writing, it could be a very rewarding skill for them. It is also a vital component for them to learn at an early age because once they hit higher levels of education such as high school and college. It is important to teach them how to be organized in their approach for their essays. For some kids, essay writing might be easy to understand, but for others, it may take more time to explain and get used to. Here are a few simple but important tips for essaying writing for children.

Make sure the child has knowledge with spelling and grammar
Ensuring that the child is equipped with the basic, age-appropriate spelling and grammar concepts is vital because these are the building blocks of essay writing. Without this, the child may get frustrated and give up easily. That is something you wouldn’t want to happen because this is one of the first and vial steps to their essay writing process.

Introduction of thesis concepts
There should be a proper introduction of essay concepts so the child may get a grasp of the entire idea. If the child is having a difficult time with writing concepts, you could provide the child with a these statement to give them a starting point. For kids with more advanced writing skills, they could come up with their own thesis statement on their own. Put emphasis that a thesis has a “main point” that should be explained throughout the entire paper. All the paragraphs, down to the very sentence should be relevant to the main point.

Creation of an outline
Crafting an outline may be a problem for a child because it may be new to them. An outline will help them to formulate their thoughts and sentences eventually leading to paragraphs. They should know that sentences should have relation to one another. Explain the thought of an introduction paragraph; a concluding paragraph and the logical structure flow of the paragraphs in between. An outline could also help them with their brainstorming before their actual writing.

Site examples
For children having a difficult time or writing an essay for the first time, providing examples might be of big help to them. Search around for a few good essays so they can take a look at it if they need help in constructing their essay. Be as hands-on with their needs through their first couple essays. Let them build up their confidence in writing an essay alone eventually after. You could also try showing them examples of the “should not” examples so they know what they should stray away from when writing essays. Make sure they understand what they should be doing to what they should stay away from.

Practice, practice, practice
The key to perfecting a certain task to being somehow close to perfection is to practice as much as possible. This is very much essential for children to learn the “dos” and the “don’ts” in essay writing. Let them practice over and over again and read over the paper to make sure that they followed through with the proper guidelines and basics with essay writing. Once you provide them with the proper building blocks on essay writing, they will eventually start developing their skills and development of the mastering of their essay writing skills for future endeavors regarding essays. 

Guest Blogger: Lois Weldon is a professional writer at dissertation writing service She is ESL teacher. Her hobby is decoupage and poem writing. Loves Marvel comics and homeschooling her 7 years old son.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Classroom Management Ideas

I have collected lots of great ideas on my Pinterest Board: getting the class under control..  

Classroom Management

Factors for Great Classroom Management
  • Model the behavior you expect from your students
  • Understand that your class is constantly watching and noting your actions
  • Be prepared and be confident with your teaching
  • Be clear and consistent with your expectations of classroom behavior and stay true to the policies you have put in place
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel — recycle ideas that speak to you adding your own personal spin
    thanks for the tips

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Happy Labor Day & Happy Shopping

Some of my Favorite Shops are having great sales this weekend... {get your shop on}
  • A month of sales
  • Ann Taylor LOFT: Take 50% off full-price items, using code SHOP50
  • ASOS: Extra 20% off full-priced items
  • Club Monaco: Additional 50% off sale styles, using code FINAL50
  • C. Wonder: Additional 50% off sale items
  • Diane von Furstenberg: 30% off pre-fall styles

  • Forever 21: Extra 50% off sale, using code LABORDAY
  • Free People: Additional 25% off sale items in-store
  • J.Crew: 25% off when you spend $150, using code 
  • LNA: Save 25% off, using code WEEKEND25
  • Macy’s: 20% off, using code DEALS
  • Madewell: 30% off sale, using code BYESUMMER
  • Scoop NYC: Additional 50% off sale items
  • Stylemint: Extra 50% off sale items
  • Tibi: Save 20% off sweaters and shoes, using code BACKTOWORK
  • Topshop: Extra 20% off sale items
  • Tory Burch: Up to 30% off, using code LABORDAY
  • Urban Outfitters: Additional 30% off sale items in stores and online

Monday, August 12, 2013

Heart Crayons for your new Loves

My cousin is just the cutest.. 
She made these adorable Love crayons for  her new kindergarten class..I had to share her  AdoRable  "back to school" idea.
1. You will need to buy a silicone heart muffin tray.
2. Soak old crayons in hot water. (paper peels right off)
3. Chop crayons into small pieces.
4. Place the chopped crayons in muffin tray.
5. Place them in the oven, 280 degrees for 10 minutes.

Muffin trays come in all sorts of shapes these days (stars, fish, crowns, animals) I'm sure you can find one to match your classroom theme! So cute, inexpensive and easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Candy Crafts for Kids with guest blogger: Marcela De Vivo

Best Candy Crafts to do with Kids all images courtesy of pinterest   

We teach our kids to eat their veggies, avoid large amounts of candy and to not play with their food. Yet, in this case, we’ll lay out some fun and creative ways to break all three of those rules by putting together our own candy crafts.
Doing candy crafts with your kids can be a fun way to allow them to have some of the sugary  treats that they crave, but while also ensuring that the candy doesn’t contain too many artificial ingredients, all while giving them something to do besides eating those treats in front of the TV.

Crafting is a healthy and helpful part of growing up as a child, and will foster engagement and creativity in the minds of your kids, even if you do have to put up with a mild sugar rush afterwards.

As you might have guessed by now, the best place to go for inspiration would be Pinterest, where you’ll find plenty of ideas and concepts pinned by those who have gone before us as pioneers into the world of candy crafts.

Depending on what you’re making, you might want to keep some toothpicks, food coloring and icing on hand, just so you can color certain foods and stick them together. 
You can also find more specific candy store supplies online if you are trying to shoot for a theme.

Aside from that, it’s up to the creative genius of you and your kids. For a jump start, here are a few craft ideas:

1. Candy Jewelry -- The candy necklace was probably the first of its kind, yet the concept is simple and can easily be replicated. Any kind of candy with a circle in the middle, like Life Savers or Peachy-O’s will work for your own makeshift candy necklace. Any kind of gummy candy can work as well,  just use clean plastic sewing needle to poke a hole in each peace for thread to run through.

2. Candy Ornaments -- For the holidays, you can make edible ornaments using a similar process to that of creating the necklaces. Get some tree ornament hooks and use different candies to create holiday-themed decorations.
In this case, color is everything, so go with brown, yellow, orange and red for Thanksgiving and red, green and white for Christmas.

3. Game day Football Candies -- There’s a great example on the the Pinterest board that we discussed earlier, but the overall concept will work for a lot of different ideas. All you’ll need is melted regular and white chocolate to coat over some other snack. In this case, the example is a pretzel bite, which more accurately mimics the shape of a football.
 You can get even more creative though and incorporate things like turf, goal posts or even players if you’ve really got some time on your hands.

4. Decorated Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks -- Chocolate dipped pretzels are one of the best ways
to get “crafty” with your treats. Your child can help you melt the chocolate and do the dipping, but your kids will most likely love decorating the coated pretzels the most.

Before the chocolate dries, give your kid free reign of the icing and sprinkles so they can create whatever kind of candied pretzel they have in mind. It might get a little messy at this point, but these are memories your kids will have with them their entire lives, and are certainly worth a little cleanup.

When it comes to crafting, what kid doesn’t love to use candy. With these scrumptious ideas, your kids will certainly have an grand time making something that they can chow down on once the project is complete. It’ll give you a chance to spend some time with your child, build a relationship with them and just have a lot of fun in the process.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer, business owner and mother who loves baking and making yummy treats with her three kids. Not only do her children have fun making these treats, but it also gives her a chance to indulge her sweet tooth. Follow her on Pinterest and Facebook for more great recipe ideas to make with your kids. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Let your children become world travelers with little passports

What a great way to get your children at home, or in your classroom become interested in geography. 

World Edition
Every month, follow our characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter.
or choose

USA Edition
With your USA Edition subscription, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states. Kick-off your USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera. Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Learn a little bit about Diamonds today with Tess Young..

                                     Diamonds 101: 
                                   {Understanding the Four C’s of a Diamond Purchase}

Diamonds are often seen as a symbol of wealth. These precious stones are included in various different types of high-end jewelry When it comes to purchasing diamonds, many rookies are going to find that there are four Cs to look out for. Looking out for these four Cs is going to ensure that you get a quality diamond and are not scammed. There are plenty of diamond sales people out there who are looking to make a quick buck and will therefore produce cheap synthetic diamonds and then try to sell them as the real thing. What you need to do is educate yourself on the different types of diamond that are out there, and what qualifies as a "diamond". Knowing how to buy diamonds is going to mean educating yourself a little bit, but it will be worth it.


The first thing you need to look out for when buying diamonds is clarity. Clarity is determined by the amount of flaws that the diamond has. These flaws are usually only visible when you look at the diamond under 10x magnification. Currently, diamonds are rated between Flawless and Imperfect. Your diamond is going to fall somewhere along this scale. "Inclusions" are somewhat like birthmarks to diamonds. The fewer inclusions that your diamond has, then the better it is going to look.


While cut may seem to refer to the actual shape of the diamond, this is not what you are going to be looking out for with your diamond. Rather, the "cut" of your diamond is going to refer to how well it has been cut and how many flaws have been avoided. The way in which a diamond is cut is going to affect the clarity of your diamond. Diamonds that are cut too "shallow" or too "deep" are going to end up affecting the way that light passes through them. This, in turn, is going to affect the diamond's beauty. A well-cut diamond that has good clarity is going to provide you with something that is truly spectacular to behold.


The coloring of your diamond is going to depend on where the diamond comes from. It is interesting to note that there are different colors of diamond, but a lot of people are more interested in the "white" variety of diamond. These are often seen as the most beautiful type out there. Many people prefer diamonds that have absolutely no color whatsoever. These are seen as the most beautiful type because they allow light to pass through them completely.


Carat simply refers to the diamond's weight. The more carats that a diamond has, then the heavier that diamond is going to be. Each carat contains one hundred points. If a diamond has fifty points, then it is considered to a 0.5 carat diamond. When it comes to measuring diamonds, carats are the easiest for anyone to determine.

When you decide to go looking for diamonds, jewelers in Houston will have already used these methods to determine the value of your diamond. They will be able to provide you with all of the necessary information that you need.

Author Bio:

Tess Young is a freelance writer and blogger. She writes for a number of different companies, on various subjects. These subjects include travel, Fashion and Jewellery Shopping. Her tips on how to buy diamonds help readers in choosing a perfect diamond. She particularly likes

Friday, June 14, 2013


Pop Art is visually appealing to students. However, the first question they usually ask is “How can that be art?” This question provides a wonderful way to explore the ways that people define art. It also can lead students to look at individual works of art in a more critical way. They can discuss the purpose for which the artist created the work, the audience for which the work is intended, and explore the work's subject matter. 

The Pop Art movement was cultivated in England during the 1950's and spread to America in the 1960's. Following the optimism and prosperity that defined the 1950s in America, Pop artists sought an edgier approach to the concerns and issues that were inherent in 1960s America, which was quickly becoming a landscape of social and political unrest.

Pop Art was a movement intended to both represent and appeal to the masses rather than the elite. The movement took the ordinary (like Campbell’s Soup cans and images of Marilyn Monroe) and made it extraordinary by redefining it as art. Artist 
Roy Lichtenstein appropriated scenes from comic strips and made them larger than life, while Andy Warhol refashioned photographs as huge paintings and silkscreens. 
(this info about pop art  culture courtesy of lesson they also have amazing artist lessons) 

I studied Andy Warhol & Roy Lichtenstein, with my class, we watched some slide shows and read their biographies. We were inspired to re-create some of their most famous pieces. It was a lot of fun!