Haunted House for Sale Writing Project and Craft Ideas

Haunted House for Sale Writing Project

Halloween writing activities make October one of the best months for engaging and motivating kids to improve their craft as authors. This post will share Halloween writing prompts, craft ideas, and even a FREE printable resource to help elementary teachers with their lesson plans.

How to Plan for a Substitute Teacher


Emergency Sub Plans for Elementary can be quick and easy with no prep printables, an organization binder, and templates. If you need ideas for substitute teacher activities for math, science, social studies, reading, or writing (ELA) then you will love this post. First, second, third, fourth and fifth grade teachers will appreciate the free ebook and worksheets that will have you ready for a guest teacher on a moments notice.Emergency Sub Plans for Elementary can be quick and easy with no prep worksheets, an organization binder, and templates. If you need ideas for substitute teacher activities for math, science, social studies, reading, or writing (ELA) then you will love this post. Read on for tips on how to ALWAYS be ready for a sub and grab the FREE eBOOK and PRINTABLES that will have you ready for a guest teacher in no time.

Teacher Meal Prep Made Easy - Fast, Quick, and Healthy Food Ideas for Busy Teachers

Teacher meal prep does NOT need to be a challenge. Here are some great ideas to make meal prepping easy, help you save some money, and eat a bit healthier in the process. You'll be less stressed and you can maintain a healthy weight. Teachers at all grade levels will love the tips and ideas shared here!

Juicy watermelon, hot dogs on the grill, fresh bbq corn on the cob, oh how sweet summer meals can be! If you’re like me, you eat some amazing and delicious meals during the summer because you finally have the time to enjoy it! We can be more aware of what we’re eating because we have time to plan out meals, go to the grocery store whenever we want, and have the energy to cook a meal that requires more than just a microwave.

When the back-to-school season starts, I dread thinking about how on earth I’ll be able to come home from work and cook for my family every night on top of running to the grocery store because I forgot some main ingredient in the dinner that I planned. I either deal with that stress, or I just give in and we have take-out (which turns into extra money spent, extra calories, and extra pounds that I don’t want or need).


One solution to this is meal prep! There are many ways to meal prep for your work week including creating a menu, freezer meals, or portioning out larger meals across many days. Pinterest is a great resource for finding ideas on how to meal prep so it fits your lifestyle, but since you’re here, let me share with you a few tips that will help you plan food ahead of time to make your school year less stressful:  


  • Join the InstaPot Craze. People go crazy for this thing. If you don't have one, now is the perfect time to welcome one into your home. You can enjoy many school night dinners together. There are tons of recipes on Pinterest to get you started. It's a real time and money saver.




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  • Many people spend one entire day a month preparing meals to freeze. This is beneficial because you only need to make one big grocery trip (that alone will save you time and money) and spend one day prepping foods, cooking, and washing dishes. This plan works best if you have large freezer space to fill. These are my three tried and true, personal favorite cookbooks for quick, easy, and healthy meals that you can make in batches and freeze.



  • Some find it nice to team up with friends and each take responsibility for a few meals. Coordinate who will make what so you have variety. Each person prepares enough freezer meals for everyone in the group. For example, you may be responsible for preparing six lasagnas to distribute to five friends, but in return you get five different meals to put in your freezer. For added fun, you can plan a potluck where everyone brings a cooked version of their meal to sample as well as the frozen version for friends to take home. This would be great to do with a group of teachers from your school. Not only do you get to socialize, but you get to eat a delicious meal and take one home for later!


  • What I find works very well for me is to make a triple batch of a dinner. We eat one for dinner and freeze two for future nights. This works fantastic because over time I build up a nice collection in the freezer. The inventory rotates frequently and we have meals available for most weeknights. Pull out and heat in the oven while you rest your feet from a tiring day.


  • As a family, create a menu of what you’ll eat for dinner each night (do this a week ahead of time). List out how much of each ingredient you’ll need and head to the grocery store. When you get home, have the menu posted and organize your groceries by meal so it’s easy to grab and cook. If you have a plan for what you’re going to make, it will take away some of the stress as you drive home thinking about what your family will want for dinner.


  • Packing your lunch in the morning before work can be stressful as you’re trying to get out the door, so lunches can be a part of your meal prep too! On Sunday, use tupperware containers to pack your five lunches for the week. Include the healthy items that you know and love, so you’re less likely to grab sugary cookies midweek because you “just need it”. Healthy lunches, no extra stress in the morning, no wondering what you’ll be eating the next day. These are three of my favorite tools for packing snacks, my lunch, and water.

The trick to meal prep is to be organized and prepared. You do all the work ahead of time, so during the workweek, you don’t have to think about food and can focus your energy on other important areas of your life. We all have other things we need to worry about, so don’t allow the stress of meals to be one of those!

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Teacher meal prep does NOT need to be a challenge. Here are some great ideas to make meal prepping easy, help you save some money, and eat a bit healthier in the process. You'll be less stressed and you can maintain a healthy weight. Teachers at all grade levels will love the tips and ideas shared here!



Constitution Day Activities, Ideas, Books, and Printables

Did you know ALL public school teachers MUST teach a lesson about the Constitution on Constitution Day every September? This post by the Clutter - Free Classroom provides Constitution Day Activities for Elementary School Students. It also has Constitution Day Resources, Lesson Plans and Printables for Kids and suggests Constitution Day books.

Did you know ALL public school teachers MUST teach a lesson about the Constitution on Constitution Day every September? It’s true. If you teach at a school that receives government funding you are required to teach your students about the Constitution on that day each year. This post will explain how you can fulfil your legal obligation as a teacher while staying true to your values of developmentally appropriate instruction.


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