Printable Apple Activities

It’s summer, and I should be thinking about Watermelon and squirt guns, but my TeacherPayTeacher brain has me thinking of apples!

We spend a big part of September learning and reading about apples and apple themed activities. We even take a trip to our local apple orchard.

I decided to get a head start and rethink some of the materials I use to teach apples, and I decided to put these resources together in a packet to share in my shop.
A couple of my apple favorites are:

*Apple observations

*Apple Poem mini book

*Apple shaped fact book (for students to write in)

*Johnny Appleseed writing

*Cut & Glue How and Apple Grows

*Seasons of an Apple Tree

*Apple themed Number Word Write the room (my favorite type of math center activity).

Apples literacy and math themed activities!

Check it out here!

Battle Summer Bored Brain

My children officially have it, and it’s only the first week of July- Summer Bored Brain.

I’m all for forgetting that time exists, hanging out in our PJs, eating when we get hungry, and chilling out once in a while. It seems, however, that my children would rather have these days every day… in front of the TV. I relax a little more on their allowable TV and video game time during the summer, but I can see how quickly it’s turning their imaginations into mush.

In fact, you would think that some terrible act of cruelty is happening in my house when their “TV time” is over. I turn the TV off and they sit for the first 10-20 minutes whining on the couch that there’s nothing to do.

How have I been combating this unbearable whining? At first,I listed all of the fun things they have access to (there’s this place called a yard, and there’s this green stuff called grass that you can RUN AROUND IN), all of the toys in their toy room, and any artsy projects I could think of. When this failed, I was tempted to lock myself in my bedroom. Then I contemplated convincing my husband that I needed to run out to the store. Finally, I decided I better find a way to face it head on.

It was born out of frustration and exhaustion…

I’ll call it the “Drop and Run” method.

Each day, I just randomly take out some kind of creative activity or material, leave it on the table and walk away.  My children, who previously declared each activity to be “ultimately boring”… are spending so much time just creating!

Here’s our Model Magic today… so far we have:

*Magic dragon chairs

*Splat balls

*Zitzer snakes (3 year olds love to coin new words)

*and rainbows

It’s so fun watching their imaginations come alive again.

Here’s a picture from our creations today.


I know that I’ll fly through the craft supplies in our cabinet, but I’ll keep searching for new ways to battle Bored Brain :-)

Summer Giveaways- Free Teaching Resources!

It’s time that I announce a way to win free teaching resources each week this summer!

I am so excited about the opportunities this blogging and resource creating journey has brought to me and my family that I just needed to find a way to say thank you!  SO… each week this summer I’ll be hosting a giveaway on my TeachersNotebook shop.

Here’s how to take advantage of this giveaway promotion:


CLICK HERE to visit my TeachersNotebook Promotions page

Click on the giveaway promotion and follow the directions to ENTER (remember to leave the box next to “follow this seller” checked so you can get a notification when I start a new giveaway).

The cool thing about these giveaways is that I am increasing the number of winners each week. This is actually the 3rd week of my giveaway, so there will be 3 winners.

Here’s the product I’m giving away this week!


To make things interesting…

I’ll also host a promotion involving my FACEBOOK page. For every 10 likes on my facebook page, I’ll randomly choose one lucky new follower to also receive a product for Free! AND… since I don’t want to leave any of my current followers out, send me a message on my facebook page, and I’ll count you as entered for one of the giveaways!

Good Luck!


Human again…

Summer has begun and I saw this cute e-card, which I couldn’t help but sharing.



How true is this? I feel like all school year I love my job, but I forget that I am a human too!

The teachers I know and work with put their own needs aside all school year to meet the needs of their own children, their students, and their students parents.

It’s summer and I feel so free … free to make loads of resources, free to already start planning for next year… but also free to sit on the swing in my back yard and enjoy muddy puddles as much as my 3 year old does.




I think I am going to say this in maybe every blog post this summer because it’s how I feel… HAPPY SUMMER!