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Giving is better than receiving!


How do you teach about giving?  During this time of year, there are numerous opportunities to teach this lesson, but what about the rest of the year?  It should not be a lesson that is just implemented during the holidays.  In our family we have tried to make this lesson one that we incorporate in our daily life.  We are in a unique situation where we are on a type of “sabbatical” right now and traveling across the the east coast.  As we travel, we try to give little tokens of appreciation and thanks along the way.  In Elizabeth City, NC we visited a local police department to give them some sweet treats and in Norfolk, Virginia we visited the Fire Department with some special tokens of our appreciation.

Most recently, thanks to Oriental Trading, we were able to make little school packs for kids who are in need.   My girls are 3 and 4 years old and get very excited when we start a “giving project.”  It is so fun to see their enthusiasm and involvement in the process.

We decided to create a rainbow-themed packs and made rainbow tags to go on the top of the pencil cases.  Each tag has a special message.  In each pencil case, we included a notepad, pencil sharpener, colorful pencil, an eraser, and stress ball.  The girls divided up each pencil case and the items that went inside of them.


We attached a different color ribbon to the zipper with our handmade tag and we were done!


We also decided to make a kit of crayons and coloring/activity pads to drop of for kids sitting in a waiting room in the emergency room at a hospital.  Depending on the time of day and circumstances, we hope this makes the waiting process easier for little kids.  This was a simple project by just attaching a set of crayons to the activity pad.


With the holiday season now upon us, there are MANY different opportunities to give back and get creative with your ideas!  This is one of the next projects on our list…..Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provideds the sample free of charge by the company toprovide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own

Take Home Math Kits

coverIt seems there is typically a larger focus on literacy skills than math skills, so I wanted to make sure to give both of these skills their equal share of practice with our students.  We sent home take home literacy kits earlier this school year, so now we will be sending home take home math kits.  With the help of Oriental Trading, we were able to make five different kits that target specific skills and are engaging for parents to do at home with their children.

Kit #1


The target skill for this kit is one digit addition and subtraction.  Included in the kit are Counting Monkeys and Flashcards.  Parents can quiz their children with the flash cards and use the counting monkey for manipulates.  Once students have mastered this skill, I plan on adding sand timers, so they can work on fluency.

Kit #2


This kit is for students who are still learning numbers and number sense.  Student count the number of objects on the sheet and place the correct magnetic number on the tray.   Included in this kit is a Cookie Tray, Counting mat, and Magnetic Numbers.

Kit #3


The focus of this kit is Number Bonds.  Children fill in the blank circle with the correct number to complete the “bond”.  Each tote includes a set of 15 Number Bonds, dry erase marker and eraser.

Kit #4

red2For this kit, I made an activity sheet so students can create equations with the numbers they roll.  Each kit includes a blue and a red number cube, as well as an operations cube.  Students role the cubes, fill the numbers into the corresponding color box and then complete the equations.  The contents of the tote include a dry erase marker, activity sheet, and Math Connecting Blocks.

Kit #5


The final kit focuses on place value.  Each kit includes 15 Place Value Puzzles which consists three separate pieces.  Parents can build the puzzles with their children and practice math at the same time!

Students have enjoyed receiving their colorful tote bags to take home to use with their parents.  And parents have appreciated  the engaging and hands on activities to do at home with their kids, which is a welcomed alternative to worksheets or other homework!

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.