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First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit Gift ~ FREE PRINTABLE!

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit Gift FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel | {Five Heart Home}

When I was a first grade teacher, there were three things I required to get through the first week of school: energy, sanity, and a boatload of antibacterial hand sanitizer. Now that I’m a mom of a first grader, hopefully my kids’ teachers will appreciate these “survival kits” full of the same. The first week of school is a long one for everyone involved. By the end of the week, the kiddos are worn out from absorbing rules and learning {Read More}



Top Picture Books for Preschoolers & Early Elementary Aged Children

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared my list of Top Board Books for Babies & Toddlers, and today I’d like to keep the good reads rolling with my ten picks for Top Picture Books for Preschoolers and Early Elementary Aged Children! Even as an adult, I lovelovelove children’s picture books, so repeatedly reading them to my kids is something that never grows old and I’m always looking for new favorites to add to our collection. But for now, here {Read More}



Top Board Books for Babies and Toddlers

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At our house, we just love books. And we happen to have lots of ‘em. As a child, adolescent, and adult, I have always loved reading. As a first grade teacher, I loved teaching kiddos how to read and watching emergent readers blossom. And as a mom, I love fostering in my kids a foundation for literacy from a very young age. So today I’m going to share with you the most popular and beloved board books that have lined {Read More}



{Watch My Reading Soar!} Summer Reading Incentive Program ~ Free Printables

"Watch My Reading Soar!" Kite-Themed Summer Reading Incentive Program ~ Free Printables! | {Five Heart Home}

How many of you have a kiddo who started off the summer excited about reading, but now that we’re midway through July, has lost a bit of that initial enthusiasm? If this describes one of the smaller members of your household, don’t give up the good fight quite yet. It’s never too late to employ a few motivational tactics, and what says motivation like a cardstock kite taped to the wall? I came up with this kite-themed “Watch My Reading {Read More}



End of School Smarty Pants Party ~ with Free Printable Banner

End of Year Smarty Pants Party ~ with free printable banner! | {Five Heart Home}

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated a successful end to the school year for my Kindergartener and preschooler with a family cupcake celebration that we deemed our Smarty Pants Party. I originally wanted to have our little fiesta as soon as we got home from picking up my Kindergartener on his last day of school, but we decided to wait until the following weekend so that Daddy could be in on the fun.  I thought I’d share here today {Read More}



Free Printable! Last Day of School Lunchbox Love Notes

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This Wednesday marks the last day of Kindergarten for my biggest big boy.  I can hardly believe it…where does time go?!  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to come up with fun ways to celebrate a successful first year of school, and it seemed only natural that I incorporate some cheerful lunchbox love notes to commemorate the last day. Over the past school year, I included a special note in my son’s lunchbox each day.  It might be {Read More}