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!

Instructions:

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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!

Before I Was Born Mini-Book

Here’s a free Before I was Born mini-book.

Grades:

Preschool and up.

Teaches:

  • Life Cycle of a Human
  • Empathy and Character Development

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Complete a prior knowledge assessment. Toward the top of poster board or your white board write “K-W-L”. With vertical lines separating each letter. Ask what the children know (K) and want to know (W).  You will complete the learned (L), after the lesson.
  2. If it’s still appropriate learning, have the students read the Life Cycle of Me!: Before I was Born book with you.
  3. Depending upon what the children already know, choose visual materials to help you explain the life cycle of a human. Explain that this is how he/she grew before birth. Children may like to use the term “while I was in mommy’s tummy”.
  4. Students complete the book, read and discuss it.
  5. Complete the K-W-L chart with the children, What did they learn (under L)?

Folding Instructions for the Mini Book:

This book is convenient, because it does not require staples.

1. Cut on the dotted…. lines around the edges.
2. Fold on the gray, solid line, so you see the
text and pictures.
3. Cut the center, dotted ….. line.
4. Open and fold in half the opposite way,
(pg. 1 back-to-back with the cover & page 4
back-to-back with page 5.)
5. Make a fan fold and then open again.
6. Fold the dotted pages so they are open,
like a diamond.
7. Push the diamond closed, so the cover is
on the front and the last page is on the back.

Notes:

When printing on your computer, it may be helpful to check the box “fit to page” or “scale to printable area”.)

Of course, you don’t need to explain the birds and the bees to do this activity. It’s just important for the child to know he/she was growing, feeling, hearing and seeing while in the womb.

References:

National Geographic, Dare to Explore, In the Womb

Chores Charts for Your Child!

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Here are chores charts you can use for your children!

Instructions:

1. Print out one chores chart for every week you need. 

2. Help your child write his or her name (on the black line) and the required chores on the chart.

3. Put a star, check mark or sticker in the box for the corresponding day as it is completed.

Discuss Rewards (Optional):

If you like, you can come up with daily rewards for finishing chores for that day. The sticker can be a reward on it’s own, which is nice. Because a week is a long time for a kid, daily is likely to be more effective. In my daughter’s case, she just likes to check off each chore and doesn’t get too focused on a reward, other than checking off the box herself. (She was acting out being Cinderella and being very silly.) Every parenting style, child and situation is different, so feel free to use it as you wish.

Example Chores for Kids 4 and Up:

  • Brush teeth
  • Brush hair
  • Get dressed
  • Finish homework
  • Feed fish, cat or dog
  • Pick up toys in room
  • Hang up or fold and put away clothes in closet
  • Read a book

Of course, as they get older they can do the dishes and all kinds of fun stuff. 🙂

Tips:

  • My four-year-old daugher drew a picture next to each chore (e.g. a fish next to feed fish), to help her remember what the chore was.
  • Use a different color marker for each chore, so it’s more visually appealing to a child.
  • Use the shiny star stickers or other stickers your child likes to fill up the chart.
  • As an option, you can laminate the chart and use a white board marker to either fill it in or mark stars in the boxes as chores are done. You can write the chores on the chart before or after laminating.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Coloring Page!

Christmas is almost here! Many of you may be singing Christmas Carols with your children. It’s a fun way to cheer up with the kids when the Christmas list of things to do piles up and you need to smile. Singing helps you remember to breathe (in the midst of all of this)… and remember to create the memories you want to last. 🙂 My daughter is singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with her class this year, so I thought I’d share a little Rudolph coloring page I illustrated, along with the lyrics.

Free Friendly Letter to Santa

Your children will love this free letter to Santa printable! 

Whether you are a teacher or a parent, you can print out and use this letter to Santa for free! Teachers can use this friendly letter to Santa during writers’ workshop or parents can let their children write a letter to Santa at home.

Notes to Teachers and Parents about Friendly Letters to Santa Claus…

Knowing the children’s family traditions is important. Referring to the Family Tree (which can be completed at the beginning of the year) can help determine the students able to do this assignment. For students who do not celebrate Christmas, or as another activity, here is a Friendly Letter to Frosty the Snowman.

Materials:

  • Letter to Santa
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Pens
  • Dictionaries  

Instructions:

Prior Knowledge Assessment

Ask each student to write a friendly letter to Santa. Do not explain or show the students the proper format yet. If you have in the past, assess their retention and let the students write the letter by memory. Remove any helpful posters you had which they had been referring to. It’s important that they know they are not being “tested”. Just explain this will help you determine what they actually need to know before you design your instruction. When the letters are completed and students are dismissed, review the friendly letters to check for accuracy. Use their letters as a guide to your instruction and keep all the letters for your files. After you complete instruction, you can show the students and parents exactly what the students learned!

Check for proper placement (indentation) of the following for each student, and keep it in the student’s file.

Friendly Letter Pre-Assessment:

•Date
•Greeting
•Body
•Closing
•Signature
Does the student need more help with proofreading, such as spelling, grammar, capital letters, punctuation, run-on sentences or sentences that are cut short?

Friendly Letter Instructions:

•Decide on small group or large group instruction. After reviewing each student’s prior knowledge, you can determine your instruction. It’s helpful to make notes regarding areas of specific need for each student.
•Read aloud a Christmas story about Santa, such as The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.
•Decide if you would like to split the students into small groups and/or instruct as a large group. Create your own letter in front of the students (either as a large group or in small groups).
•Demonstrate proofreading steps.

Students Create Friendly Letters:

•Give each student a Friendly Letter to Santa Claus template.
•Students work independently or in small groups as they write.
•Separate into small groups for peer proofreading.
•Students make revisions.
•Students complete letters for teacher review.
•Teacher helps with any revisions.
•Students make any needed additional revisions.

Santa Wrote Me A Letter Back!

Imagine how excited your child would be to get a letter back! I can e-mail you a letter from Santa for your children. You can print it on your home computer, stuff it in their stockings or leave it on the empty plate of cookies. Here’s more about the personalized Letter from Santa for your child.

Letter Writing Song

Here’s a teacher who taught her students to sing a letter writing song. The words for her friendly letter formatting is a bit different than ours, but it’s a great idea. Maybe your students could wear Santa hats and sing the letter writing song?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1RQ7R742lA

Free Scrapbook Software Giveaway!

Created with My Memories scrapbook software in about 20 minutes!

When My Memories contacted me to ask if I’d be willing to try out their scrapbook software, write about it and then give away the software to one of my readers… I was super excited! Why? Because this software is easy to use and can be really helpful for teachers, too.

 

To Win the Scrapbook Software:

1. Become a Smart Printables facebook fan.

2. Visit My Memories and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout, then write about which one you like in the comments below.

The My Memories scrapbook software winner will be e-mailed by me on or before December 1, 2011.

Ways to Use My Memories While Teaching

Of course you can use the My Memories scrapbook software for your own family and friends… But you can also use it for teaching.

Here are a few ideas I came up with after playing with the program tonight:

  1. Classroom Memory Book – Play the slideshow on your classroom computer when parents visit your classroom. E-mail it to parents at the end of the year.
  2. Calendar Gift for Parents
  3. Cards for Parents or the Kids
  4. Classroom Movie – Maybe a butterfly release celebration, show your math, science, writers’ or readers’ workshop activities in action.

There really is so much we can do with My Memories scrapbook software.

Easy to Use with Your Digital Photos

I used to love scrapbooking, but it seems like I just don’t have the time to sit down and cut and paste everything in a scrapbook like I used to… Well, before I had kids of my own. With a 4-year old and a 3 month old you can imagine how many photos I’ve got on my iPhone without a single one printed since the baby has been born. Finally, something to force me to get organized and create a scrapbook that our family will treasure for years to come. I’m sure many of you can relate to this lack of time and huge amount of photos on your iPhone or computer that you just don’t have time to organize. 

Fast and Fun Scrapbooking

See the scrapbook page up there? I actually created it in 20 minutes with my 3 month old baby asleep on my lap on a boppy! I’m not kidding. (She’s still on my lap while I type this.) My Memories software is so much easier than regular cut and paste scrapbooking because I can upload the digital photos I already have on my computer. I don’t have to print photos separately… Plus, I can make a movie, calendar or even a card.  You can even add music, if you’d like to.  There’s so much we can do with the software and it’s really easy.

Here’s a $10 coupon (code STMMMS6943) for My Memories scrapbook software, especially for Smart Printables readers! Seems like a great Christmas gift to me. Have fun scrapbooking!

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