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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Books for 12-18 Month Olds

My son, Clark, is currently 16 months old and has started enjoying books that have more words and follow more of a storyline. Yay! This makes reading the same book 100 times a day much more interesting for me. We try to exchange books at our local library once every two weeks (and sometimes sooner). Below is a list of board books that he has been loving recently. 

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Toddler's review: Clark loves that there is a page where the panda appears to be upside down. It threw him for a loop the first time we read it. 
Mom's review: I love that this book incorporates colour recognition as well as how important it is to use our manners. Lovely illustrations! I will definitely be checking out the other books in this series. 

Dinosaur VS. Bedtime by Bob Shea

Toddler's review: Clark thinks it is hilarious when anyone reads him this book because there are a lot of dinosaur sounds to be made. 
Mom's review: I love that this book is simple and fun to read. In the end, bedtime wins... which is always a plus! Good sleep habits can never be modelled enough.

Busy Garage by Rebecca Finn

Toddler's review: Clark loves that this book has tabs to push and pull. He has learned a lot of vocabulary from this book. 
Mom's review: I love the illustrations in this book. Every time I read this book, I notice something new to point out and talk about. There are MANY books in this series and I would love to purchase more. This is a great book to keep in the car or your diaper bag. 

Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Toddler's review: Clark loves the animals in this book and enjoys finding the balloon on each page (nice touch!). 
Mom's review: This book is a classic for a reason. It is easy to read but also visually appealing. 

Yellow Copter by Kersten Hamilton

Toddler's review: Clark loves the sounds the helicopter makes. I have heard from mom friends with little ones around Clark's age that they are also huge fans of this book. There is something about it that kids love!
Mom's review: I will be honest, at first, I didn't care much for this book but, I have definitely grown to like it. The story is action packed and I love that one of the main characters is a teacher. :) 

Thank you for reading! Comment below if you have a book suggestion - we would really appreciate it.
-Ms. Makinson

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fall Activities - FREE Pumpkin Letter Match

Today in Southern Ontario it is 28 degrees and feels like 36 (which is 82 feels like 97 for my American friends)! I am still on maternity leave but I am definitely thinking of my teacher friends who are in their ridiculously hot classrooms (most do not have AC). Yikes!
HOWEVER, it is officially FALL... and I think I am finally looking forward to cooler weather. 

Check out some of my fall related activities below and help yourself to a FREEBIE! 

Thanks for reading,
Ms. Makinson



Sunday, February 5, 2017

$10 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card GIVEAWAY!!

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My wish list is 8 pages long... yikes! But, the number one thing I want is this clip art set by Whimsy Clips - SO CUTE!
Winner will be emailed the code for their gift card when the giveaway closes! :) Good luck!!!

-Ms. Makinson

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Pick 3 Pins

I am linking up with Pawsitively Teaching, Just Reed, and Inspired Owl's Corner to share my top 3 favourite pins for the month of February!

Aren't these Love Monsters adorable? What a fun Valentine's Day craft!

This is a great idea for a class party. Cutting the cheese into little hearts makes it that much more appealing! :)

I love the idea of non-candy valentines and I think this would be a great option to give to students! It looks like this particular pack has 8 crayons in it and is from Target (hopefully from the Dollar Spot!).

Thank you for reading! Make sure to check out all of the other fantastic pins by clicking on a picture below.

-Ms. Makinson

Monday, January 18, 2016

January Pick Three Pinterest Pins

I have taken a few months off, but I am so glad to be back! This is my favourite linky. Thank you to PAWSitively Teaching, Just Reed, and Inspired Owl's Corner for hosting.

I thought this idea would be a super cute project for a 2D shape unit! It would make a fantastic bulletin board display. It would be neat to see how different each student's final product looks.

Wow... don't you think this cloud dough would smell delicious? I like to make sensory bins with edible ingredients (just in case) but maybe this one would be too appetizing! :) 

This is a great project for those students needing a little extra fine motor practice! Instead of using the little dot stickers, you could also use q-tips and paint (or the end of a pencil).

Thank you for reading,
Ms. Makinson

Sunday, November 1, 2015

2000 Followers Celebration Giveaway

First of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my 2000+ followers! I am so grateful for your support. I can't believe it and I am so excited! :)
This week, I am celebrating YOU by having giveaways, flash freebies, and a sale. Be sure to check out my Facebook page and Instagram for announcements about flash freebies and product giveaways! I will be having a 20% off sale for my entire store from Thursday, November 5th until the end of Friday, November 6th. I am also giving away two $10 TpT gift cards. The gift card giveaway will start November 2nd and run until November 9th. I will announce the winners shortly after! :)

Thank you for celebrating with me!
-Ms. Makinson

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Five Freebies for Friday - Classroom Procedures

As a sub, I have had the pleasure of being in many different classrooms. It is always a treat to enter a classroom with well-established procedures and routines. In my experience, a class that is organized runs more like a machine and this makes my day less hectic!
Here are some FREE ideas from some amazing teacher-authors that will help you get your class up and running!

I love this mini poster made by Proud to be Primary.  It is a great reminder of the expectations for a good listener. I have seen posters similar to this in different classrooms I have been in and I love being able to say "Give me 5" and know that the students will understand what I am looking for. 

If you are lucky enough to have iPads in your classroom, you MUST check out these posters made by Mrs. Beattie's Classroom. Unfortunately, you can't expect your students to know how to properly care for technology in the classroom. These posters are a great visual reminder throughout the year for those who need it!

I love these labels made by Ship Shape First Grade. This classroom supply procedure is simple enough and it works really well! I thought these were great because they will match any classroom decor.

Here is a very useful freebie from I like using this technique to dismiss students from the carpet but, is it just me or does anyone else draw a blank when deciding "what" to dismiss by? I always resort to "if you're wearing..." but that gets boring very quickly! I also like to use current curriculum topics to dismiss students. For example, "give me a word that rhymes with ....?".

"How to use glue" seems like a easy enough procedure but, save yourself the stress of unclogging glue bottles by explicitly teaching this skill. Check out this awesome freebie from Math Coach's Corner.

Thank you for reading! I hope you have found something useful for your classroom.

Have a great weekend,
Ms. Makinson