New Monthly Giveaways -- Win City of the Day

Saturday, January 4, 2020 No comments

Want a chance to Win with Smart 2 Heart Creations?

Each month this year I will have at least one special Giveaway here on my blog! You might win free products, giftcards for TPT or other special surprises! 

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This month I am giving away TWO copies
of my brand new City of the Day
US States and Capitals

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Nifty Fifty USA State Study Research Poster

Friday, January 3, 2020 No comments
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How to Search a Big TPT Hashtag Sale

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 No comments
We all love a great deal, right?

Who doesn't love a special Hashtag sale on TPT. Have you ever gone to a Hashtag sale and then been overwhelmed by just how many resources there are in the sale?

Wow - That's a LOT of resources in one Hashtag sale! In fact it equals almost 75 different pages on TPT! You might be thinking, I'll just look at the first few pages, but then you might be missing some great resources that are a better fit for what you need! So what do you do?

Did you know that you could type in OTHER words with the Hashtag to narrow down the choices? Here you will see a Hashtag and I've added the word Science

With just a few clicks I've narrowed my search down from over 1900 resources to 176 that are part of the sale and fit the key word I searched for. 

That's not the only way to narrow your choices in a large Hashtag sale.

You can narrow by grade level and by subject area using the bar on the left side!


Of course you never know exactly what resources may be in a Hashtag sale without actually going through the entire sale and looking at the resources. Using some of these tips, however, can help you save time and narrow your search to find things you truly need for your students and your class. 

Choosing and Setting Up Classroom Decor

Friday, June 8, 2018 No comments
Do you get overwhelmed when it's time to set up your classroom?

Don't we all! One of the best things I have found to help me feel less overwhelmed when I first walk into my classroom is to have my decor theme planned, prepped and ready to go!

I LOVE decor themes and so do my students! My students enjoy seeing the theme mixed throughout the room. My favorite thing is when they comment randomly about the topic throughout the year!

What are some of my go to themes?

I've tried a lot of different themes over the years, but some of my favorite themes and other popular themes are. Links included to some of my decor sets:

Maybe you'd rather have a more 'color' theme rather than a topic! Your students will love any color theme you choose! Pick a theme like Brights or Pastels and decorate!

You can make your theme as LARGE scale or SMALL scale as you want! I've seen full sized camping tents in classrooms or you can just print a few decorations and add them throughout your room! The best part of decor is that YOU can choose what you want and how much you want to use! 

When I first started teaching, I used to go to the local Teacher Store, buy some bulletin board pieces, laminate, hang and I was done. Sadly, in my area most of the Teacher Stores are all gone. So now, I find that if I want a new decor theme, I usually have to purchase it from Teachers Pay Teachers, print, cut, laminate and prepare it myself! That may sound like a lot, but the best part is there are SO many more choices this way and I can pick and choose to print only the parts I want to use. Even better, most of the sets on Teachers Pay Teachers are EDITABLE too! 

Now that you've chosen your theme, purchased a set from Teachers Pay Teachers, you are ready to start prepping!!

First, you've got to go through and decide what you want to print. Don't just print everything! I like to make a list of page numbers I am planning to print. 

Next, make sure you have ink in your printer. Nothing is worse then sending your job to the printer to find out 20 pages later than none of it printed right because you were out of ink! Oh No! 

Don't forget to DOUBLE CHECK your printer settings before printing also. If the file you are printing from is a PDF, make sure that you have chosen "FIT TO SIZE" or "SHRINK OVERSIZED" pages or else some of your page MAY get cut off when printing! 

I often print pages where I know students may interact with the pieces on cardstock for added durability! Most of my posters and signs I just print on regular paper and then laminate!


After you print and cut out everything, you don't want all your hard work to go to waste because something gets ripped or torn. If you have access to a laminator, I would suggest you laminate everything! If you don't have access to a laminator, then it might be best to try and use cardstock. 

I have this Swingline Laminator at home that we picked up at the local office store, but I am also lucky enough to have a full sized laminator at my school to use for my classroom. 

LAMINATING ALTERNATIVE ---  use clear adhesive paper! I have done this SOOO many times in the past. It is a bit tricky to keep all the bubbles out of the adhesive paper, but it does help to protect your work better than not covering it at all! 

Add some special touches! Check out your local home goods stores and see if they have anything that fits your theme! Find authentic items to add to your classroom and help bring the real world into the hands of your students. 

For instance, doing a travel theme? Bring maps or real travel photographs into your classroom! Don't have any? Try printing some free ones from websites like! Bring the real world to life in your classroom! 

Once everything is ready to go, it's time to have fun decorating your room!! 

What theme will you choose?

Draw and Write Writing Activities in Action

Sunday, July 23, 2017 No comments
My class absolutely LOVED working on my Draw and Write Writing Activities this past year. I used them both as a center and as a whole class writing activity.

Here's a snapshot of one of the centers from my Draw and Write February Set that my students completed this past year.

They LOVED doing this activity as a center. Each student received their little packet during our center time and worked on their draft and practice illustration. You can see one of the packets in progress here:

Then, after a quick spellcheck from me, the students published their good copies and we hung them on the wall! They loved this activity so much we did them throughout the rest of the year! Some were done as center activities, where the students worked independently, others we did as our whole class writing assignment for the week. The students loved doing them both ways!

Here's a snapshot of another Draw and Write activity my class did that I'm planning to include as a special gift to my newsletter subscribers just in time for back to school season. 

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