Holidays + Seasonal Archives - Elementary Education

The All About Me Theme Upgrade Your Classroom Needs

It’s no surprise that ‘all about me’ is a common theme when our classroom doors open up. After all, a fresh new school year means meeting new peers–which lends itself to a lot of icebreakers, getting to know you activities, and the standard “all about me” activities. It’s all fun,…

8 Excellent Back to School Books for Relatable Classroom Read-Alouds

Are you looking for back to school books to help your first grader prepare for the new school year? Look no further! In this blog post, we will share our picks for the best back-to-school books for first graders. From picture books to chapter books, we have something for everyone.…

The Getting to Know You Game That All Kids Will Love

Think back to when you were a kid–it’s back-to-school season and the new class lists are posted. You spend the night before school mentally reviewing the names–who would be your friend? Who would you sit next to? Would there be a fun getting to know you game or a lame…

THE Back to School List for Teachers: 100+ Steps to a Better Year

Back-to-school time is one of my favorites, albeit the most stressful time of the year as a teacher. So much of it stems from nostalgia–the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, hallway floors waxed so nicely you can see your reflection in them, and most of all: the first week of…

Simple Earth Day Activities That Take 10 Minutes or Less

How can a seemingly wholesome holiday be such a sneaky little rascal? Earth Day has its way of sneaking up on me…which is why it’s *critical* that I keep a go-to collection of Earth Day activities on hand every year. I support all that it represents in building an eco-friendly…

April Fools’ Pranks For Kids That Aren’t *Too* Mean

I’ve never been a fan of pranks. In fact, I never thought I’d be writing a post about April Fools’ pranks for kids; yet here we are. True story: there was a year in my childhood where my siblings and I got several broken bones and cuts requiring stitches. To…

How to Celebrate Student Birthdays (Without Draining Your Bank Account)

I blame it on my mom. Every year, I looked forward to my birthday because she had a way of making it the most special day for us. We got to help decorate our cake any way we wanted, and she hung up one hand-drawn birthday sign for every year…