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6 May
Apple Bread for the Teacher

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Because I love Teaching Heart Teachers, I am running a sale today and Wednesday at my TPT store.   Use TPTXO at checkout to save!  Click here to see all the goodies! There are lots of Teacher Appreciation ideas here – just click to see the goodies… I like to try something different every year for my kiddos teachers. This year I went with mini apple breads and attached the tag below…   The kids will give their teachers this treat today and a final treat on Friday.I love the Target gift card idea here!  Super cute and every teacher would... 

5 May
Pittsburgh Half Marath 2014 Race Report

Phew!  Checking a Half Marathon off my bucket list!  On Sunday I ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon and became a RUNNER of Steel.  I am adding to that title - With a Titanium Ankle, since I have one of those two and really couldn’t imagine after my break I would ever complete both a Sprint Tri and a Half Marathon!  So if you had ORIF surgery, like me (about 1 year and 8 months ago)…  you can move on to a healthy active life!  Very active for that matter.  Be hopeful!  Just look at that bling!  Isn’t it the coolest!  I am so proud to own it!  I originally decided to... 

27 Apr
Importance of music for little ones

When my son was an infant I learned from him that music was important to his growth.  Music calmed him when he was a baby.  As a toddler it helped him control his body and taught him about early learning concepts.  Music was on often as he grew up.  I made playlists that went along with seasons and watched him dance and sing along.  When he was learning letter sounds, numbers, and math concepts I found songs that would support his development in these areas and watched the magic happen.  I knew music was having a positive influence on his cognitive skills such as spatial reasoning and... 

22 Apr
Teaching Heart Bug Bundle - HUGE Set!!!

Teaching Heart is filled with free bug themed ideas for Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade which I will share below… But did you know about the BUG BUNDLE?  It’s a great way to get all our bug themed packets for a very low price!  It’s a huge hit and you might as well get them all, because teachers love them and so will you! Normally if purchased separately, all the items below would cost you over $40.  You can purchase the set for $27.00 !   Save over $13.00!!!  Click here to purchase! Look at all you get in this set:  Bee Themed Learning Games, Math, Reading,... 

21 Apr
My very fast son who can run a 5K in 19 minutes on an 8 mile run with his momma...  He has to double back often but he is a great cheerleader

Less than 2 weeks till my first Half Marathon and probably my last (unless Disney calls me and offers me a full paid trip to come run their half and then there will be another – CALL ME DISNEY!!!  )…  Training for this half marathon has taught me a lot about myself and my body…  First thing I am learning…  my body likes being fat.  Seriously, who can average 20+ miles of running a week plus strength training and aerobics and not loose a single pound…   ME!!!   My husband keeps telling me it is muscle…  but he loves me too much to tell me the truth. ... 

20 Apr

God gave us so much to be thankful for while shinning a little sunshine on us for an extra bonus this Easter Weekend 2014!!!   Not just during Lent but all year it is so important to recall, “There is nothing left to fear. Nothing Heaven knows, For He died for us to give us life, And to give us hope He rose…” From the Veggie Tales Hope’s song!!! I managed to run 25 miles outside from  Thursday to Saturday and probably ate way more calories than I ran!!!  That brings me to this post and probably the reason I can’t loose weight (but that is another post).  LOL! ... 

17 Apr
Earth Day News Free to Print!

After Easter break, it will be Earth Day on April 22!!!  Are you ready with an activity or two for this day? Our Earth Day Packet – found here!  Is a big hit and will make the day educational and fun in grades 1 and 2! And here is some of the fun found on the Teaching Heart Earth Day Packet…  Click here to check it out more!!!  I have 2 free printables to share today… One is an Earth Day Word Search! The other is an earth Day News Report Form for creative Writing! To download these two free Earth Day Files, click here! Want more like the ones below, click here!    

14 Apr
Teaching Heart Makes Ressurection Eggs  Includes Many Free Printables!!!

Ever since I started teaching Faith Formation (CCD, Sunday School…) I always use the Resurrection Eggs during the Lent season in my third grade classroom.  In the past I have made the lap book seen here with my class or the little book seen here.  Both are very effective…  but this year I decided that I wanted each of my 18 students to make their own real Resurrection Eggs.  It turned out to be a great idea! I want to share with you how my class made our eggs (including free printables so you can make some too) and tell you how I use the story, Benjamin’s  Box to teach about... 

13 Apr
Rocking Around The Calendar Teaching Heart Tea

What a special treat to be the presenter at the Bower Hill Elementary School Kindergarten Tea in Peters Township, PA!  The Kindergarten Teachers, the Principal, and the PTA really strive to make this event such a fun and resourceful day for local Preschool and Kindergarten teachers. I am so excited to share the wonderful pictures I have from the day!!!   Perhaps it’s an idea your school may want to try! The Peters Township School District has presented the tea for years to local preschool teachers that feed Kindergarten students into the district.  It is their way of showing their partnership... 

1 Apr
Easter Teacher Gift Idea using play dough

Here is a free printable you can attach to the playdough we made at this post! I found the carrot eggs at the dollar store and added a ball of homemade play-dough.  May be a cute treat to hand out before Easter break.  The printable can be used for free and is found at the last page of this free set!      

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