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The children are coming! The children are coming! As a writer and curriculum designer, it’s super important to me that I create resources that will make your life easier.  I came up with a list of Must Have Editable Resources for Back to School and hit the ground running.

Now, you must know that creating editable resources is no easy task.  I first have to create the entire set, then save individual pages, then reinsert them into a new document  individually into new slides and then add text boxes. So, when sellers can’t make editable resources, it’s not because they don’t love you. They do! They really, really do. It’s just that when you make something editable, you can guarantee that it will at least double the amount of hours it will take the creator.

This post is filled with a gazillion hours of love, creating resources that will hopefully give you back hours!   YOU, my friend, are important and we are about to step up your A Game with less time and stress! Look. Out. World.

Must Have Editable Resources For Back To School NAMES

Life just got easier with these EDITABLE Names Units!

I don’t know about you, but it takes me For-Ev-Er to create name tracing pages for my students every year. I created this EDITABLE Names Unit that includes four name printable options. All you have to do is type in your class list ONCE and it generates ALL of the pages automatically for you! There are two purchase options: standard print and d’nealian.

The first page of the document is a class list that holds up to 30 names. Once you type in your class list (once), the four pages for each student are automatically generated. If you only have 22 students, it will only generate pages for 22 names. If you have over 30 students (bless you), you can save the download as two different names to create two lists.  Once you have everything downloaded, it will literally take you less than five minutes to make ALL of these personalized printables.

Printable Options:

Page 1: Trace your name.
Page 2: Trace your name with a pencil, pen, marker and crayon. There are visuals so students know which to use.
Page 3. Rainbow write your name. This is where student write their name with three different crayons or markers to create a rainbow effect. So fun and a student favorite!
Page 4: Write your name.

Click the images below to see more!

MEET THE TEACHER

I LOVE Meet the Teacher but there is a lot of prep time that goes into it!  This unit is 64 pages. It includes five themes (different borders) of editable forms including Class Roster, Schedule, Wish List, Supply List, etc.

The set also includes:
Volunteer Form
Student Scavenger Hunt
Teacher Editable Business Cards
5 Different Student Gift Tags
Parent Wish List
Editable Teacher Information Sheets
Parent Questionnaire
Welcome Signs
Supply Labels
And More

Click the pictures to see more and read my Meet the Teacher Tips post here.

I have also have this fun brochure for Meet the Teacher. You can print it in color or black and white. Want to see more? Click the image.

NEWSLETTERS, CALENDARS & FORMS

My team sends home a weekly newsletter that informs parents of important dates, learning objectives and school wide information.  It’s a great way to keep parents informed!

We also put a behavior calendar (with important events noted) in student notebooks.  We copy those on cardstock for longevity. I chose to put a sticker on the calendar each day if students earned this.  Parents would reference the calendar for important events, such as the 100th day of school or library reminders.

This set includes three different sets of calendars to chose from, two black and white and one color. You have holiday and non-holiday options. There are also has several newsletter templates.

There are two or more themed forms for each month, perfect for sending out a parent note or party sign up sheet. Since it’s editable, you can add as many text boxes or clipart images as you want! Click the images to see more!

STUDENT NOTEBOOK COVERS

This set is 504 pages. Wowzers! It includes 25 of each image so you can easily copy and paste the text box of information and just edit student names if you need to. Ex. Student Name, Teacher, Year. There are several options. including 11 color options and 9 black and white options.

You can use these for student notebooks, journals, teacher notebooks, etc. You can easily slide pages into a notebook or glue to the front of a spiral or place inside a folder.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek at these new {editable} resources.  The best part? You can purchase any set for under $5! Now, this is important! You must have powerpoint to edit these products. Please read the product descriptions and instructions.  Save hours trying to create individual things by yourself.  Let me help you get through this year with these fun, easily edited, resources.  After all…you need time to teach your heart out!

Best wishes for this school year!  One thing you can never edit is the impact you will have on your students. YOU are the most valuable resource they will ever have! Remember that.

Look for editable centers? Check out this post and stay tuned for more great resources coming your way soon!

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Incredibles 2 opens in theaters June 15th and we have been waiting since 2004 for this exciting sequel.  Our family fell in love with the first Incredibles and even though we have all, ehem, aged a little, we are still thrilled to head to the theater for this much anticipated movie release.  Check out this preview:

Incredibles 2 Official Trailer - YouTube

What’s a good movie without a fun craft activity? Kids love to paint and this activity is adorable.

SUPPLIES

Canvas

Paint

Paint Brush

Scissors

Glue

Black Marker

Black & White Cardstock.

INSTRUCTIONS

Paint your child’s hand with red, black and yellow paint. (refer to the photo) Make sure they keep their hand open to avoid smearing the paint.

Press your child’s hand down firmly onto the canvas towards the bottom.

Help your child gently lift their hand off the canvas to avoid smearing the paint.

Allow the handprint to dry completely.

Repeat the steps above but this time, replace the yellow paint with orange paint. (refer to the photo)

Allow the handprint to dry completely.

Paint your child’s hand with brown, black and flesh toned paint. (refer to the photo) Make sure they keep their hand open to avoid smearing the paint.

Turn the canvas around.

Press your child’s hand down firmly onto the canvas gently overlapping the first handprint just a little bit.

Help your child gently lift their hand off the canvas to avoid smearing the paint.

Allow the handprint to dry completely.

Repeat the steps above but this time, replace the brown paint with yellow paint and leave the thumb paint free. (refer to the photo)

Allow the handprint to dry completely.

Cut small half circles from white cardstock. Glue them onto the face masks.

Dip the end of a paintbrush into black paint and add an eye to the center of the half circle.  Allow the paint to dry completely.

Repeat this with white paint but make sure the spot is smaller.

Dip your child’s finger into pink paint and dab a little onto their cheeks!

Use a fine tip black marker to add a mouth, chin, nose and eyebrows.

Cut an oval from black cardstock and glue onto the center of their chest.

Paint the Incredibles logo onto it. (refer to the photo) Allow the paint to dry completely.

(if you’d like, you could also grab a Incredibles logo, print out and glue in place of painting one)

Your Incredibles handprint craft is complete! What an absolutely adorable keepsake gift.

Make sure you check out the other amazing Disney movies hitting the theaters in 2018!

WHICH INCREDIBLE SKILL ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO HAVE?

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One of my favorite things to do during the summer when my kids were younger was having a movie marathon. We put on our favorite pj’s, bring all the pillows and blankets in the living room, make a fun snack and veg our for hours. We owned a million DVDs and Disney marathons were our favorite. Today’s snack is for a good ole CARS marathon.  We loved every single CARS movie produced and this snack is the perfect addition to a movie watching day!

Ingredients:

Popcorn

Almond Bark or White Chocolate

Yellow & Red Food Coloring

Marshmallows

Butter

Sprinkles

M&M’s

Mini Oreos

Directions:

After gathering all of your ingredients, you will first melt the marshmallows and butter together. You will use 1 tbsp of butter for each 1 cup of marshmallows you use. (this will vary depending on how much popcorn you make)

  

Once your marshmallow and butter mixture has melted you will pour over your popcorn and stir until popcorn is evenly coated.

  

Lay your popcorn out on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

Add M&M’s and sprinkles while your popcorn is still wet. Mix the candy and sprinkles into your popcorn.

Take apart your mini oreos carefully so that the cream stays on one side. Use a straw to take the cream from the center of the oreo to create a white wall tire. Add to your popcorn.

  

Melt your almond bark or white chocolate on the stove on low heat.

Separate the almond bark or white chocolate into two pans. Using food coloring, dye one pan red and one pan yellow. If the almond bark or white chocolate seizes up, add a tablespoon of vegetable shortening to thin it down.

Drizzle the melted almond bark or white chocolate across your popcorn and enjoy!

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As parents, we want to give our kids the healthiest and most delicious options for snacks available. While it’s nearly impossible to get a little one to eat brussels sprouts and broccoli, thankfully Personal Creations’ has created 7 adorable snack ideas for kids they will love! From a veggie train they can choo choo chew, to peanut butter critters they’ll be buzzing about, these snack foods are not only yummy but a lot of fun too!

With a few common grocery items and less than 20 minutes creation time, these snacks are easy to make and cost effective. Make these with your kids, or send them to school with a yummy goodie in their lunch box. Your kiddos will love their unique snacks, and you’ll appreciate how healthy they are!

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Kreative in Life by Crystal - 2M ago

All things unicorns is the current craze for all ages.  Birthday parties, backpacks and more. Everyone wants something with a little magic, color and sometimes even sparkle.  Today we are sharing a few of our favorite DIY Unicorn finds. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Unicorn Pom Pom Tote Sewing Pattern

DIY Unicorn Dreamcatcher Tutorial

DIY Unicorn Plushie Doll

Unicorn Headband Tutorial

Unicorn Hanging Ornament

Unicorn Slime Recipe

Unicorn Door Wreath Party Wreath

DIY Unicorn Xmas stocking or storage bag

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If you are an the go most of the day and a fly by night kind of parent, that is most definitely a-okay!  But everyone knows that a having some sort of routine in your day, especially with small children makes everyone’s lives so much easier.  Here are some great benefits and reasons why a structured routine will help keep things running more smoothly in your home.

  • A daily routines can help your child comprehend time and start to learn how time management works.
  • When your child is old enough to be assigned chores, a routine can help monitor when chores need to be done in the day.
  • Habits can be incorporated in your child’s daily routine like making the bed and brushing their teeth.  
  • One great benefit is spending time together and when a routine is in effect, your child will look forward to an fun activity that is planned for everyone,

We all have the usual routines in our daily lives for our children, such as the day time activities and bedtime routines.  Each stage of life can change as your child gets older of course, so making adjustments over the years will be necessary. When your toddler starts kindergarten, for example, there will be a huge shift in routine, so this will require some pre-planning and practice in order to get them ready for the idea of leaving the home on time and being away. Below are some tips and benefits!

When you have toddlers and preschoolers, these routines may be helpful:

  • Start with a morning prep routine of getting dressed
  • Eating breakfast at the family table or breakfast counter
  • Begin a bedtime routine, including a talk about the next day.
  • If you are using child care, make sure to have a good routine set up with it.
  • Playdates and extra activities are fun at this age, so a routine is important as well. It helps keep your child busy and learn how scheduled events work.

Sometimes it can be very difficult for children when they don’t know what to expect from their daily routines.  Their fear of the unknown can often cause undue stress that can be avoided if communication remains open and if parents remember to be patient during major life changes.  Some of these changes can include:

  • Starting a new school
  • Moving to a new neighborhood or town
  • Meeting new family members
  • Introducing a new baby brother or sister

And sometimes it can be as simple as introducing a new food to your child’s mealtime.  Your child’s eating routine can be a challenging one, so this is an area that should be addressed as soon as solid foods can be introduced.  

All of these changes offer huge growth opportunities for you child and should be embraced and tackled at their own pace.  When children are learning new skills and adapting to their schedules and routines, from reading their first book to even crossing the street on their own, it’s so important to be encouraging and supportive.

Consistency is key!  Making and sticking to a routine with your children is by far the best way to ensure smooth sailing in your day to day life.  It’s not always easy these days with our busy lives, but with some steady plans, patience, and some planning, it can be a whole lot better!

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You are probably scouring the Internet on information on fostering children. Maybe you have found some good information, maybe you have not. If you are considering fostering, there are some things you should know. Is it right for you? Is it something you can do long term? Let’s find out.

Fostering requires patience

There is not one aspect of fostering that does not require some patience. First of all, the process of getting your foster care license requires patience in every form. You’re at the mercy of someone else to license you, so it requires waiting. Secondly, every aspect of fostering requires some sort of patience. From waiting to get a placement to seeing the placement through all the requirements that have been laid before you both. Fostering is right for you if you can gain a little patience.

Fostering is a financial commitment

When people say that someone is in it for the money, I cringe. You do get a per diem for fostering a child, but it is a financial commitment. You need to be able to support family financially without the daily per diem. The money you get will literally cover the child you’re fostering and that is it. When you get your first placement, you will see what is meant by this.

Fostering requires a heart for reunification

A lot of people are confused by the foster care system, trust me, I get it. Most children in the foster care system have a goal of being reunited with the family. The foster care system has the goal of putting the family back together as soon as they can. It will make your heart hurt, but if you cannot support reunification, it’s going to be hard to foster children.

Fostering children is a change of pace

It can be hard to welcome a new child into your life. However, it’s a very rewarding process. Of course, it’s rewarding in knowing you’re helping a child, but it’s rewarding in how much it changes your family. You are doing something now about a crisis that is happening across America. Whether you’re able to help one child or a whole group of siblings, you’re truly making a difference.

Is fostering right for you?

As you learn more about fostering, you will know if this way of life is for you. While it is not a financial reward, it truly is a heart reward. Your whole family will be stretched and changed in ways you never imagined.

Are you a foster parent? What made you take the leap?

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Planning a trip to the zoo? Make ahead this fun snack that your kids will love.  Trail mix is a great activity that kids could almost do by themselves.  We love a good themed snack too, perfect for zoo lovers of all ages.

First, grab these yummy ingredients to make your trail mix.

Ingredients

 1 cup Chocolate Teddy Grahams

1 cup Pretzels

1 cup Popped Popcorn

1 cup Animal Crackers

1 cup Iced Animal Crackers

1 cup Goldfish

2 pkg.—1.69 oz. M&M’s

 Directions

 Mix all ingredients together.

Put in small containers or Ziplocs and take along to the zoo! Easy peasy.

Have a great trip to the zoo!

Make sure to check this out:

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Teaching your children to give back and care for others is such an important lesson to help them be responsible, contributing members of society. Finding ways to make volunteer work a family affair is the perfect way to spend quality time together, with a real purpose. However, it can be challenging to find volunteer opportunities that will accept people of all ages. Certain organizations set a minimum age, which can sometimes be sixteen, eighteen, or even older. Even if you have younger children, there are some wonderful, helpful ways to volunteer as a family that will make a real difference.

Clean up public spaces

Periodically, especially in the spring and fall, community organizations will hold cleanup events at parks, beaches, and other attractions. Get the family together and pitch in to help beautify your community. If you can’t find an organized event, take a look at your favorite local park or outdoor facility and see if it can use some cleaning up. Grab some gloves and trash bags and get to work!

Volunteer at a soup kitchen

Though sometimes there are age limits as to who can volunteer in soup kitchens, many will allow families to help out, only limiting the specific tasks younger children can do. Check with your local soup kitchen and find out when you and your family can serve a hot meal to someone in need. You’ll be doing a wonderful service for others, plus you may get to know some amazing people along the way.

Visit with nursing home residents

Many times, the elderly in nursing facilities don’t have a lot of visits from friends and family. Spend an afternoon with the family visiting with some of these wonderful folks, talking with them, learning from them, and giving them the joy of companionship. For many, spending time with little ones is a rare treat which can make their day. Bring a few games or a karaoke machine. If you can’t go, make cards and treats at home to drop off. There is a retirement facility in our small town. One weekend my family went and bought a potted plant for each porch. The residents loved the fresh flowers so much. It was such a blessing to our family to love on them for that moment.

Organize a fundraiser

If there is a specific cause that is near and dear to your family that won’t allow you to directly volunteer, you can do your part by organizing a fundraiser. Hold a yard sale and donate the proceeds. Set up a drive and invite the community to donate needed supplies. Non-profit organizations and charities are always in need of donations of both money and supplies, so your hard work will be greatly appreciated.

Find opportunities to help in your own neighborhood

Even if you can’t find the right volunteer project for your family to do together, there are still creative ways to give back, right within your own neighborhood. Helping out a family as they move into their new home, taking care of a neighbor who has recently returned from the hospital, or even babysitting for a harried single mom who needs some time to herself are all wonderful ways to show kindness to others. Simply open your eyes and look for those in need around you.

Finding ways to volunteer as a family might be a little challenging and take some creativity, but the end result is well worth the efforts. Change things up for your next family day and make it about giving back. You’ll be so very glad that you did.

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Top Family-Friendly Activities in Denver

An urban center next to the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a city that has a ton to offer. Outdoor enthusiasts, beer-lovers, theater-goers and families can all find ways to have fun and enjoy what this city has to offer. Whether you’re planning your very first visit to the Mile High City or you’re a local looking for some fun ways to spend the day with your family, here are some activities your whole family is sure to enjoy:

Make a splash at Water World. If the sun’s out and the weather’s warm, consider a visit to Water World. This water park is acclaimed as one of the best in the nation, and it’s easy to see why! It’s packed with lots of slides and attractions, including a lazy river and a wave pool. Bring a picnic lunch to keep costs low, or enjoy some of the concessions the park has to offer. Either way, you’ll want to slather on the sunscreen – the sun shines a little brighter and burns a little faster at 5,280 feet!

Visit the Butterfly Pavilion. For an indoor activity you won’t find anywhere else, visit the Butterfly Pavilion, located just fifteen minutes outside of Denver in Westminster, CO. As you’d guess from the name, this lush tropical conservatory is home to more than 1,600 butterflies, but that’s not all you’ll find here! The Butterfly Pavilion is also home to a host of bugs, bees, insects and spiders, including the Pavilion’s most well-known inhabitant – Rosie, the tarantula. You’ll be glad you spent a couple of hours exploring this unique attraction.

Explore the Denver Zoo. Home to over 400 species of animals, the Denver Zoo is a perfect way to spend a sunny day in the city. Check the zoo’s schedule before you arrive to plan your day – there are lots of rotating keeper talks, animal feedings and exciting shows scheduled throughout the day to experience. If you’d prefer to leave your agenda open, you’re guaranteed to have a great time strolling through the zoo and checking out the various exhibits.


(This photo of Denver Zoo is courtesy of TripAdvisor)

Check out Dinosaur Ridge. Dinosaur Ridge is located just outside Denver in Morrison, CO and is a great place to spend a day with your family – especially if your little ones are big fans of dinosaurs! This location is the site of some important dinosaur-related discoveries, including the first stegosaurus bones ever found. Follow Dinosaur Ridge Trail to see footprints left behind by giant creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago or get a glimpse of what ancient habitats may have looked like. While you’re there, you can even touch actual dinosaur bones!

Crocodile Creek Dinosaur Ridge Video - YouTube

Grab lunch or dinner at Casa Bonita. There’s no place in the world like Casa Bonita. You’ll need to purchase a meal – but you don’t go for the food. With cliff divers leaping from above, arcade games to play, and roaming mariachi bands to add a little extra ambiance to this over-the-top spot, Casa Bonita is more experience than restaurant. Kids will have a blast exploring Black Bart’s Cave and devouring delicious sopapillas once they finish their meals.

Rain or shine, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Denver to keep the family entertained. Know of any great family-friendly spots to visit in Denver that aren’t on this list? Leave a comment and let me know!

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