Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Introducing Comic Book Theme Classroom Management Materials!

I am excited to be introducing a new theme for my classroom management and organizational products: Comic Book Theme! While I think this could be fun for any teacher, I especially thought of the men out there. Guys, there is just not enough stuff out there for you, especially when it comes to classroom themes.

Comic Book Theme Classroom Management Materials! Perfect for guy teachers! | Apples to Applique

Currently I have teacher supply labels, printable name plates, and a classroom birthday calendar listed, with more products in the works. If there's something specific you'd like to see, leave me a comment or send me an e-mail and let me know!
 Make sure to follow Apples to Applique on Teachers Pay Teachers so you don't miss any new products!

Monday, July 11, 2016

S'more Fun with Number Recognition

I know as we're right in the thick of summer, schoolwork is often the last thing on our minds! We're thinking about barbecues, and pool parties, and vacations, and summer treats like s'mores.

S'mores Number Recognition game. Kids build s'mores to learn 4 different number formats. | Apples to Applique

I wanted to share this fun activity with you to keep your kiddos' minds sharp during the summer break, or to prepare for your school kiddos as they return next month--eek, that's coming up fast!
I thought this would be such a cute idea, and once again, the talented Nicole at JolieDesigns created the beautiful clip art to help make my thoughts a reality.

S'mores Number Recognition game. Kids build s'mores to learn 4 different number formats. | Apples to Applique

This activity makes a fun and simple math station, and works on number recognition in 4 forms: numeral, written word, tally marks, and ten-frames. Kids find the four pieces that go together (two graham cracker pieces, one chocolate, and one marshmallow) to complete their s'mores. This could also be used as a file folder game, or in small groups as a Go Fish style game. I would love to hear how you use it in your classroom!

Buy S'mores Number Match Activity here!

Have fun building your s'mores, and don't forget to follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Complete Classrom Bundle in My Most Popular Theme!

I absolutely love this Yellow, Teal, and Gray theme for classroom organization and decor, and apparently lots of other teachers do, too! This theme is by far my biggest seller on Teachers Pay Teachers.
I am excited to announce that I am now offering a complete classroom management and organizational bundle in this bright and fresh theme! Now your entire room can look beautifully coordinated for a discounted price. :)


This bundle includes:
1. Teacher Toolkit Labels
2. Printable Blank Labels
3. Printable Number Labels
4. 2016-2017 School Year Calendar
5. Weather and Seasons Calendar Extension Pack
6. Word Wall Header Cards
7. Printable Library Pockets
8. Classroom Job Chart
9. Printable Classroom Pocket Chart Calendar
10. Printable Name Plates
11. Classroom Birthday Calendar

If there's anything else you need to help organize your classroom, let me know, and I'd be happy to work with you!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lions and Tigers (No Bears), Oh My!

Lion and Tiger Paper Plate Craft | Apples to Applique

Recently we finished up a unit on wild animals; always a favorite with young children! We did some shared writing, listing wild animals on one side of the SmartBoard and pets on the other. The kids were very creative coming up with all kinds of different animals. One of my kiddos was excited to add "tapir" to the list of wild animals, saying it is his favorite animal. He knows all about it, where it lives, what it eats, etc. Keep in mind I teach Pre-K, so this is astounding!

Another student was sad that we wouldn't add "dinosaur" to the list of pets. He insists he has a pet dinosaur. We also hesitated over adding that to wild animals, since dinosaurs aren't around anymore. After some confusion and discussion, we decided that we were really talking about animals we could likely see in a zoo, although that answer didn't really satisfy anyone.

What did satisfy all of us was this darling craft! The kiddos got to choose between a lion and a tiger, which added some great oral language about colors and stripes and what on earth a "mane" is. One kid called it the lion's beard, and I liked that description. Kids have such a way of putting things.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Headed to South Africa!

I am so excited to announce that I have the opportunity to travel to South Africa this summer! I am going on a trip called Women of Strength with the missions organization Amor. I will be working with women from all over the world to build homes and minister to children who have lost their parents to AIDS.

I have taken 6 missions trips with Amor before, to Juarez Mexico, Puerto Peñasco Mexico, and the San Carlos Apache Reservation. I absolutely love working with Amor, because of their focus on providing sustainable change for the people they minister to. They partner with local churches in order to have the biggest impact possible.

I've never gone somewhere as far away as Africa, and I'm excited and a little nervous. Because of airfare, this trip is significantly more expensive than my previous trips. I still have a long way to go with my fundraising, so I'm asking everyone to share this link and to please consider supporting me as I minister to the beautiful people of South Africa.

You can give directly here:

Thanks for your support and prayers!