Saint Patrick’s Day Cootie Catcher

Here’s a free, printable Saint Patrick’s Day Cootie Catcher.

This Saint Patrick’s Day Cootie Catcher is great for studying Saint Pasaintpatricksdaycootiecatcherphotocarolbrooketrick’s Day words or sight words!

  1. Print out the Saint Patrick’s Day Cootie Catcher.
  2. Fill with Saint Patrick’s Day spelling words or sight words to study.
  3. Color
  4. Fold (as explained on instructions).
  5. Have fun playing with a friend or solo.

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Hummingbird Coloring Page “With God All Things are Possible.” Matthew 19:26

CarolineBrookeColoringPageHummingbirdWithGodcarolbrookebooksblogspot - Copy.pngHere is a free Hummingbird Coloring Page for you to print and share.
Hummingbirds are such beautiful and amazing creatures!

Their cheerful chirps and seemingly impossible flight ability helps us remember that with God all things are possible.


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To make a little over 1 cup of hummingbird nectar recipe solution (normally enough to fill a standard feeder) follow the below directions:

  1.  Make sure your feeder is cleaned thoroughly before adding new solution.
  2.  Boil 1 cup of water.
  3.  Stir 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar into the 1 cup of heated water.
  4.  Stir until sugar dissolves.
  5.  Cool, fill your hummingbird feeder and serve!
  6.  Any leftover nectar can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. –

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Mother Goose Time Preschool Lesson Plans

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Here are some of the blog posts I wrote while using Mother Goose Time curriculum.

You will find free lesson plans on the links below (which link to my other blog).

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Archangel Michael Prayer and Coloring Page

Here’s a free Archangel Michael prayer and coloring page I created for My Light Magazine. The color illustration of Archangel Michael is on the front cover of the magazine for October and November.







Teacher Gift Ideas

Well, it’s the end of September now… Your child’s teacher has written your child’s name dozens of times by now on papers and bulletin boards. Her hands and wrists may be sore from all her work. (I know mine were when I was teaching.) Your child’s teacher is likely in the middle of assessments and thinking of ways she can differentiate instruction based on all the needs of her children. She may be feeling nervous, over-whelmed… Maybe even a bit unappreciated. When is the last time you said something kind or did something truly thoughtful for your child’s teacher? If we want our teachers to stay motivated, we need to work as a team. Not only do they need parent volunteer support in the classroom, but the teachers need to feel cared for as well.

When gift-giving be sure to keep in mind that even though the teacher has the grace not to tell your child that the earrings you took out of your jewelry box that say, “You are special”, and you gave her because you won’t wear them aren’t really what she wanted, doesn’t mean you should go ahead and give it to her. Be as kind with your gift-giving as you would expect her to be in teaching your child. If you expect a lot, you need to give a lot.

Here’s a free, printable Teacher Gift Idea handout. Give it to the teacher, and after she fills it out make copies of it and send it home with all the children.

Kindergarten Sight Words Flash Cards Especially for Your Little Princess

 Parents and Teachers,

Kindergarten Sight Words Flash Cards for your princess. The cards easily print from your home computer. Order now and you will get the kit e-mailed to you in 24 hours or less. The kit includes: Parent’s Instructions, a card with all 52 words, 52 double-sided flash cards with personalized sentences and colorful, fun illustrations, princess crown, personalized envelope to store the cards.

Does your child know all 52 of the Kindergarten Dolch Sight Words? It’s an important skill for Kindergarten children to learn. If not, here’s a fun and personalized way to teach your child. As a former Kindergarten teacher, and now a parent of a little girl going into Kindergarten, I was inspired to create differentiated, fun, and personalized princess sight words flash cards.


As a mom and former teacher, I’m all about saving money, while getting the best.   This is the best set of sight words flash cards I’ve seen because they are personalized, show the child how to use the words in a sentence, have

Your little princess can wear her crown as she personalizes her sight words flash cards kit. She can write her name on each card and personalize the cover of the envelope to store the cards. She’ll love creating a princess with her name, skin color, hair color and eye color. Each kit includes her own cartoon princess to design and name.

instructions for differentiation, and have colorful, fun illustrations. It’s also super-easy, because you simply print the cards from your home computer.  Here’s a video of my little princess practicing her kindergarten sight words.

Sight Words Flash Cards with Differentiation and Personalization

Your little princess will create her own cartoon princess with her own skin, hair and eye color. Colored pencils work best for this. Then, she can glue her cartoon princess to the front of her sight words flash cards box/envelope.

These flash cards can be differentiated and personalized. The instructions explain how to do a pre-assessment with your child, so you only review what she needs to know. Your child will enjoy personalizing each sentence with her own name. She will also learn possessives. ( e.g. “I like Isabella’s unicorn.”)

 Your Kindergarten Sight Words Flash Cards Kit Includes:

  • 52 Kindergarten Dolch Sight Words printed on business-size cards, which are the perfect size for little hands.
  • All 52 words in a personalized sentence, so your child holds interest. Your child learns to write her name on the cards to complete the sentences.
  • Instructions for parents and teachers. You will quickly learn how to present the cards to your child in a fun and easy way, so the process is enjoyable and at the appropriate learning level.
  • Your child will personalize the first card with an illustration or photo of herself.

    This printable envelope is easy to fold into a small box to keep all 52 flash cards organized. Your little princess will love reading her dedication you write to her everytime she opens the box. You can also glue the handy list of words inside, as shown above.

  • Princess crown to paste onto her photo or self-portrait.
  • You can write a dedication to your child on one of the cards, such as, “Emily, I love reading with you.”
  • Printable, personalized envelope to store the cards.
  • Princess crown for your little princess. (Cut and use tape to size)

Instructions for Use:

Parent’s instructions explain how to introduce the cards to your child, and how to complete a prior knowledge assessment.

Simply print the cards from your home computer and your child can cut the cards out. All you need is a home computer, printer, paper, colored pencils (for her to color her personalized princess), scissors and glue.

Holy Trinity Shamrock Craft

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Here’s a Holy Trinity Shamrock Craft!

It works best to glue above Holy Trinity shamrock onto a popsicle stick after coloring it. Then, glue the back to green construction paper and cut it out. Cut out the Glory Be prayer and glue it to the back. Children can pray the Glory Be prayer on the back of the Holy Trinity shamrock.

Mom’s Group Activity for the Kids

This craft was made for the children to accompany our (mom’s) reading for the week. We are reading from Lisa Hendey’s Book, Catholic Mom. This activity is for chapter 4, Faith Family: Finding a Parish and Nurturing Your Faith Community. Our group is at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and it’s almost Saint Patrick’s Day, so it was an ideal activity for us. The kids really enjoyed it, too. 🙂 We start the group with a prayer, do the kid’s activity and reading. Then, the kids spend free time together as we discuss our reading. It works really well. Moms and kids come together and close with a prayer, too. 

One of my friends from the group read a great book to the kids, The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day. The book perfectly complimented the activity!

Free Saint Patrick’s Day Activities

Here’s a free, printable Saint Patrick’s Day word search puzzle, answer key, and Saint Patrick’s Day coloring page!

In addition, here are some links to more free printables:

I created these a while back for Teaching Resource Center. (In all, I created approximately 200 lesson plans, games, and printables for T.R.C. before starting my own Smart Printables site.)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Warm Fuzzy Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Children to Deliver to Their Classmates!

$1.00, Click here to order your Valentine’s Day cards through Teachers Pay Teachers.

Here’s a convenient way to help your children prepare Valentine’s Day cards for their classmates!


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Family Meals and Exercise Chart

Print out this Family Meals and Exercise Chart and post it in the kitchen! It’s a great household organization tool.

This Family Meals and Exercise chart gives you an easy way to track your family’s meals and exercise.

Your Family’s Menu

For each meal pencil in the planned menu. (I like to write in pencil to keep it flexible.)

Ideas for Each Food Category

  • Protein: fish, chicken, eggs, beef, steak, lentils, etc.
  • Vegetables: broccoli, spinach, mixed vegetables, carrots, brussel sprouts, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, etc.
  • Carbohydrate: rice, beans, bread, pasta, tortilla, etc.
  • Fruit: apple, pineapple, pear, banana, kiwi, orange, tangerine, etc. (Fruit has carbohydrates, too. You could choose to use fruit as a dessert, or add a dessert under fruit.)

Remember to Exercise and Take Your Multi-Vitamin

1. There are 4 vertical rows for each person’s name. If you have more than 4 people in your family, you can draw in extra vertical lines. Write each person’s name next to the word “Exercise”. Now, each person can write in the exercise they chose to do that day. 30 minutes of daily exercise is best, but feel free to split it up into 15 minute blocks of time.

Put a check mark on the exercise chart to remind yourself that you took your multi-vitamin. 🙂 This is especially helpful if you have multiple children.


Check out these exercises to do with your children.

Check back soon for a Family Grocery Shopping chart!