Hello and happy summer ! I am officially on vacation and I am so excited to have time to myself to relax, to rewind... and to attend summer institutes and do professional development, to get through my massive to-do list for TPT and for my new house... hahaha. But in all seriousness, I am very happy that summer is here! A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Father's Day and my ideas for our Tic-Tac-Toe game gifts . Well, they worked out even better than I had expected, and I have been working on a little how-to blog post for you guys for next year, since I couldn't find one when I wanted to make them! I am going to write this post in English because I have some new followers who don't speak French, even though I made our game with the letters P and A (which spell Papa in French). However, if you don't teach "en français," you could make this game with any combination of letters and colours for any holiday! D and A for Dad, M and O for mom, hearts and ci...
Today I am linking up with Kindergarten Dragons for Spotlight Saturday. For Spotlight Saturday, teacher bloggers get to link up and share some of our favorite products, activities, resources, and ideas!  This is my first Spotlight Saturday, but there was no question about who I would like to shine a spotlight on today - Claudia Loubier from Art with Claudia Loubier Creations . Claudia is someone who has made my Art classes 110% better than they were prior to this year! I think that art is really important, and I LOVE creating things. However, that doesn't always mean that I know the best way to go about creating gorgeous art pieces with my students in a way that also teaches them important techniques. Pinterest can be very helpful in this regard, but sometimes directions are incomplete or unclear. Any time I purchase an art lesson from Claudia, I am confident that I will be receiving a thorough, well-prepared lesson that's designed  specifically   with my grade in mind. ...
Is it just me, or are classroom Father's Day gifts WAY harder to come up with than Mother's Day ones?? Especially en français - all those cute puns in English just don't translate. Luckily, I have a couple ideas up my sleeve this year! First, I saw the most adorable Tic-tac-toe game on Pinterest that uses the letters P and A instead of X and O, to spell "papa". Here is the picture that sparked the idea : It comes from this blog , but I can't find the actual post where they make them! So, here is hoping that my salt dough and cardboard plan works! I use salt dough all throughout the year in my classroom, and that is what we are going to use to make our letters. I get my recipe from That Artist Woman's blog (an incredible blog full of art ideas for all grades!), and I always make it with my students in our classroom. A great way to throw in some science and have a discussion about how the appearance and texture of each ingredient changes when you mi...