Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Gift Tags for Beginning of the Year Teacher Gifts

Are you ready to go back to school?  I know a lot of parents are thrilled that their precious children are going back to school!  I can tell you that us teachers never feel quite rested enough to go back to school, but we also get excited to see our new little friends walk through the door on the first day of school!

As a teacher, I'm excited to go back to school and begin our new adventure every year.  As a mom, I'm secretly excited that someone else is going to "help" me with my sassy little daughter most of the day!  She's a handful to have at home all day long for several weeks!  As we go back to school, I deeply appreciate everything her teacher will do for her to help her grow.

To show my appreciation, I have decided to get her teacher a few little gifts.  No matter what the gifts are, teachers will get excited when their students bring them a little something.  It's always nice to know that someone appreciates them a little bit and remembers them.

So, here are some easy, inexpensive, and quick gifts that you can get your child's teacher on the first few days of school to show your appreciation!

Once you have decided on a gift, just print out these gift tags on white cardstock, cut them out, and attach them with some ribbon and a hole punch.

By the way, the gift tags are FREE and you can find them HERE!


Best Wishes!


Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies!

I make the Best Rolled Sugar Cookies!  I really do!  A lot of people have asked me to share my recipe with them.  Actually, it's not my recipe.  I direct everyone to, which is where you can find it.  Today, I want to share the recipe with you here, provide you a link, and show you a gallery of pictures of my sugar cookies.

I do tweak it a little bit.  I add several shakes of cinnamon and some extra sugar.  Other than that, just follow the recipe.

You can find the recipe here

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

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Recipe By:Jill Saunders
"Whenever you make these cookies for someone, be sure to bring along several copies of the recipe! You will be asked for it, I promise! NOTE: I make icing with confectioners' sugar and milk. I make it fairly thin, as I 'paint' the icing on the cookies with a pastry brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off."


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew Tip # 17 One, Two, Three...

Counting seems like such an easy skill, but it's a little challenging for some of our little ones.  If you engage them in counting throughout the day, they won't even notice that they're practicing this important skill.  First count to 5, then 10, 20, and 30.  Eventually, your child will be counting all the way up to 100!  Good luck with those numbers!

Tip #17: One, Two, Three

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew Tip # 16 Lowercase Letters

Personally, I prefer to teach lowercase letters first, except for the first letter of their name.  Since 90% of text is written in lowercase, it makes sense to learn the lowercase letters first.  Experts do say, though, that writing uppercase letters is easier on little fingers.

Tip #16: Lowercase Letters

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew Tip # 15 Letter Sounds

When a child learns to read, they need to know the letter sounds, not the letter names.  When teaching the letter names, we should be teaching the sounds as well.  The letter sounds are just as important, if not more, than the letter names.

Tip #15: Letter Sounds

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew Tip # 14 Don't Teach Letters in Alphabetical Order

The best approach for teaching the letters of the alphabet is to teach them in a sequence that will allow children to read or make new words with letters that they already know.  Of course, always start with the first letter of their name.  You can also teach the letters in their name first before beginning a sequence from below.

Tip #14: Don't Teach Letters in Alphabetical Order

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew Tip # 13 Handedness

When a child is born, they are born ambidextrous.  With time, they will show preference towards one hand.  There is no such thing as a correct or wrong hand to write with.  Whichever one they choose is okay!

Tip #13: Handedness