This blog post gives more information about six of Rachel's favorite freebies for Christmas and Hanukkah. Your kiddos can still have fun in the last days of school before holiday break while learning at the same time!

Freebies for Christmas and Hanukkah!

Over the years, I have produced a dozen or so freebies for Christmas and Hanukkah. Of those, these six are my favorites. Summarize It! Task Cards for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa I made this set of task cards this year as my holiday gift to all of you who read Minds in Bloom and frequent TpT. You can read more about the set here. One

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My Thanksgiving Wish for You: Be a Pearl

I got this little plaque on a recent trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon (and if you want one, then you can get it here). It occurs to me that in many ways, parents and teachers are the ultimate oysters…dedicating the majority of our lives to raising our little pearls, which is not a bad thing at all. But always being the oyster can be exhausting and

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Teachers for Teresa – Great Products for a Great Cause

This post was created by one of my TpT colleagues, Cynthia Vautrot of 2nd Grade Pad. Please read to find out how you can get some amazing teaching resources (including one of mine) and help out a  fellow teacher in serious medical need. I’m sure it is rare if there is anyone out there reading this post who has not heard of Teachers Pay Teachers, better known as TpT. 

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Unauthorized Thanks to Teachers from Ignorant People

Ignorant: Lacking in education or knowledge. Unaware or uninformed.                        –American Heritage Dictionary A few weeks ago I asked my Facebook followers if they would advise a young person considering a career in teaching to forge ahead or take a different path. Almost all of them said to avoid teaching. Many said that they LOVE

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Rachel shares an incredibly easy AND cheap method for task card storage in this blog post: photo albums! Sticking your task cards in photo albums is not only a great way to store them, but it also saves you the time, energy, and money you'd otherwise invest in laminating them. Read more inside this post!

Easy Task Card Storage without the Laminating

Don’t have the time, energy, or money to laminate the task cards you just purchased? Try using a small photo album for 4 x 6 pictures. I got this one at our local drug store for $1.99. But be sure to check Amazon, too, because you might find one that holds more for less money! It is possible that some task cards will be too

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Thanksgiving books provide a fun and relaxed way to teach about this special holiday and its history. Minds in Bloom followers share their favorite Thanksgiving books that they read to their students in their classrooms. Check out the list for inspiration!

Thanksgiving Books to Read Out Loud

Once again I asked my Facebook followers for their favorite Thanksgiving books. Of course, they had some terrific suggestions. Old favorites as well as some with which I am not familiar. You can click on any title or image to be taken to Amazon for more details. NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting “I use it

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Are you teaching about reading genres this school year? If so, then you need to check out this post, which describes two genre resources that you can use to help you teach about the eight reading genres. Click through to this post to get all of the details!

Genre Resources

If you happen to be teaching literary genres this year, then I have two great resources that can really help. Use these genre task cards to help your students gain familiarity with the eight different genres: biography informational mystery fantasy science fiction historical fiction realistic fiction folktale Each card features a short passage and four choices for selecting the correct genre.   If you want to

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