WIN a New Classroom Rug!

Hi friends!  I just wanted to drop by to make sure you knew about my AMAZING rug giveaway on my blog, Teaching Maddeness.

I have a new "On the Spot" classroom rug from KidCarpet and I am in L-O-V-E with it!!  It is "durable enough for the highest traffic areas," fire rated for commercial use, and large enough for all of my students.  Check. Check. Check!  I chose the "On the Spot" design because I love polka dots, plus there are 24 dots and each dot is spaced 24" apart, giving a "spot" for each of my students on the carpet.  Genius!

And, I am SO excited to be able to host a giveaway so that YOU can win a rug of YOUR CHOICE!!  Hop over to my blog to find out more and to enter yourself!  There are a TON of designs to choose from!

Teaching Maddeness

TpT Loves Teachers Sale!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

We hope you are getting treated to some extra TLC this week in honor of all of your amazing work this year!!

TpT is also throwing its HUGE Teacher Appreciation Sale today and tomorrow!

Just enter "TPTXO" at checkout for an additional 10% off already discounted prices, for a savings of up to 28% off your favorite teacher resources! See our stores below to find fantastic resources to help you finish this year strong and start next year off on the right foot.

Happy Shopping and Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


Are You Ready for Mother's Day? (Win It! Plus, a FREEBIE!)

Hello, there!

It's Halle from Across the Hall in 2nd Grade, and I am so happy to share a little Mother's Day Love with you today!

Mother's Day is such a special holiday.  I don't think it's a secret that being a mom is the hardest job on the planet!

Have you seen this video for "World's Toughest Job?" , it's pretty funny, but I imagine also 100% true!

I also love it because I get to honor and celebrate my mom. And maybe I'm partial, but she pretty much is the best mom. Ever.

To celebrate Mother's Day with my students we make a craft from my TpT store, "My Heart Blooms for Mom". (Want to win it? Make sure to comment on this post!!)

I love it because it's easy to prepare, and even though my students are all competing the same craft, they are incredibly personal and different because of their answers.

I'm actually ahead of the game for once, and my students already completed theirs.  Here are a few examples:

Love their responses!

This year I bought enough seed packets for each one of my students to include with their craft.

The ones I bought are not nearly this cute :(

We'll place their flower pot in a gift bag, and throw in the seeds for good measure, and viola!, instant, adorable keepsake for mom!

I also have my students complete this adorable freebie from Martha Stewart.  You can grab it here.  We'll roll it up and tie it with a piece of twine.

I've had a few moms ask to laminate it, they love it so much!

And there you have we get ready for Mother's Day in 2nd Grade!

Want to win a copy of "My Heart Blooms for Mom?"

Comment below with your favorite Mother's Day tradition!

I'll announce a winner on the Owl Facebook page tonight, so make sure you're a fan :)



Let Me "Expresso" My Love

Hey everyone! We're celebrating Mother's Day here on Owl-ways Be Inspired

 Glad to be back and talking to you today about Mother's Day!   I love my momma. Here are a few of my favorite pics of the two of us!

Every year I try to do something homemade for her and I thought about kids that try to do the same. My mom loves coffee and I thought of this idea...

The kids get to design the cup and write what they want in the middle. Because maybe they're celebrating an aunt or grandma, instead of a mom. It can even be used for Father's Day!

On the inside, the kids write about what they love about that person. I attached this to a Starbucks gift card for my mom. Yes, even as an adult, I gave this to her haha! 

You can find it in my store here: link.

I've also brought a freebie along with me, for you!

Click here to get it! 

Hope you enjoy. And if you are a mother, Happy Mother's Day!


Mother's Day Craftivity

Hi there!  Tessa from Tales from Outside the Classroom here with a cute Mother's Day craftivity.

A couple years ago I posted this free Mother's Day cupcake craftivity and took lots of cute pictures of it up all over my school.  Here are a couple from some firsties.

It's pretty plain but it's meant to be that way. It should be copied onto white paper for kids to color themselves and make it unique for the kids' moms!  I love the sprinkles, and the cherries on top, of course!

 It's no prep except for the cutting- which makes your life much easier! .  You can click on the picture below to head to my TpT store to download it for yourself for free.

I hope you find the perfect ideas for you to use in your classroom from one of our posts this week!

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