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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo(May 5th) is the celebration of Mexican culture in the United States and I'm pretty sure that teachers will be wearing sombreros and doing the Mexican hat dance! Baila! Baila! lol! It is very important to give kids the facts! Now I'm not talking about numbers and statistics here. Its about getting the story and getting it right! For example, did you know that Cinco de Mayo is not a national holiday in Mexico? Important as the date is to their history this celebration is more widely observed in  the United States of America and other parts of the world by the Mexican populace. Of course, the town of Puebla in Mexico enjoy this festive event since the date is very significant for them.For more information on the observation and significance of Cinco de Mayo you can check out the following websites.

About.com
http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/thehistoryofmexico/p/10cincodemayobasics.htm

History.com
http://www.history.com/topics/cinco-de-mayo

Research Maniacs
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Teacher Appreciation Gifts Kids Can Make!

Teacher Appreciation Week runs from 6th to 10th May this year and I'm pretty sure that you are looking for some great ideas for your kids to make. Well, Amber over at Giver's Log has some super fantastic ideas! From pencil puzzles to hand soaps, you have got to check her out! She has listed 50 gift ideas and tutorials just for you.

So why don't you hop on over to her site HERE. I assure you, it is worth the effort.


Children's Book Collections

This is me when I'm in a bookstore. I go crazy for books! I am always buying books to read for my class. I  love reading stories to my kids and I always look forward to seeing their excited faces. I usually start the day, every morning, with a Bible story to get them in a joyous mood ( I teach in a Roman Catholic school so this is in line with our school's curriculum). This focus brings a great deal of discussions and it helps me to keep my students on task throughout the morning session. The stories continue at the start of the afternoon session when I select one of their favorite stories to read aloud to them. My kids enjoy all  Dr Seuss books, at least those that I have. I guess the rhyme and its familiarity is what they enjoy every time. They also love the classics, like the Grimm Brothers, the Mother Goose tales and the Aesop fables.

My classroom library right now looks like a war zone! The books are tattered and torn and many are retired to the book hospital. Lucky fo…

Brain Breaks in the Classroom

Spring Break (Easter vacation) has come to an end and some of you are mentally prepared for the start of school. Good for you! Well I must confess, I had a wonderful two weeks and I just wish it could have been longer. Now don't call me greedy, it's just that I need more time to re-energize myself for my young and more energetic bunch. Wow! These 6 year olds had me really going last term! I have seen so many antics and 'crazytude' that I can only boil it down to a generational shift in attitude.

So how do I regain the control that is necessary for both teaching and learning success? How do I capture the energy and re-focus that energy towards a more positive classroom environment? Well, I have found that answer! I think we all need to take a break; A Brain Break!

Brain Breaks are short episodes of activity in the classroom that help re-energize both teacher and students. These physical activity breaks during the day provide students the opportunity to get away from th…

An Earth Day Craftivity

I love Earth and I am sure that you do too! There are so many things that we can do to show that love.One of the things I just love to do is to plant flowers and decorative plants. Well I kinda slowed down a bit over the years, especially when I had all that studying to do. But with that punctuated I think I should aim to put more time into tending to my little old garden. So what do you like about the earth? Think about it!

On April 22nd people all over the world would be celebrating Earth Day. It is a time to reconnect with Mother Nature and her works of art. Our kids must be taught how to continue the trend of caring, protecting and conserving its splendor. For this reason I created two great Earth Day resources. An Earth Day Craftivity and the Earth Day Facts For Kids Mini Book. You can read more about them below.



An Earth Day Craftivity


This Craftivity was created for kids from Kindergarten to Grade 3. In this lesson kids would not only write about some of the things that they can…

Teachers Need Clip Art!

Oh teachers! I know that some of you are quite happy with Google Images for the clip art that you need for your personal projects. Some of you are also content with whatever Microsoft Office has to offer, which, according to your skill levels, may prove to be sort of overused (yeah really!). And others? well, purchasing clipart for personal and commercial use is an option that you take most times. For whatever the purpose your clipart needs must be satisfied!

I am happy to have come across a site for all your clipart needs! It's MyGrafico! At MyGrafico you can choose high quality digital clipart sets from a host of fantastic designers. The site is easy to navigate and  registration is easy. There are daily sales and a host of freebies just for you.

If you're planning to use clipart from this site for your commercial projects then a commercial license is required. In some cases a credit to the author is required and in other cases a fee.

Go take a look yourself!