Chicken Tikka Masala

This is one of my favorite recipes, one I come back to time and time again when I’m in the mood for Indian food – which is always! Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe from Allrecipes.com Ingredients 1 cup yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 2…

Upcycled Metal Cabinet

This summer, I’ve been helping my grandma reorganize the sewing room in her house. In her sewing room were two old, beat-up metal cabinets full of craft supplies.  Here’s the before:  We didn’t want to get rid of them due to their functionality and storage space, but we also didn’t love them. You know what…

Buttermilk Corn Bread

I first had this cornbread at my aunt’s house, and it is completely to DIE for! It is, hands-down, the best cornbread I’ve ever had. Even with doubling the batch, it’s gone before you know it. (I would highly recommend doubling the batch. You won’t be able to keep your hands off!) Here’s the recipe:…

Minnie Mouse Apron

I saw the cutest Disney-inspired aprons on Pinterest, and wanted to try my hand at sewing my own. With the help of my grandma and a similar pattern, we set out to make the first one, Minnie Mouse. I found the perfect fabric at Joann’s Fabric. Once I purchased my fabric, I was dying to…

Wax Museum

For our last writing project, I decided to get a little bit more creative. While I was at Edith Bowen Laboratory School, the fifth grade teachers, Joan Kyriopoulos and Jan Farmer, had their students participate in a project termed the Wax Museum. I loved the idea and decided to incorporate it into my own classroom….

Baby J’s Quilt

I can’t even begin to tell you how much has been going on this summer, hence the very infrequent blog posts since school got out. The weather has been beautiful, hanging out with friends and family, working, and I’ve been doing long-awaited craft projects.  This leads me to one of my latest ventures: a baby…

Kandinsky Murals

For art, we channeled Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s abstract, color-rich murals. His works were greatly influenced by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Matisse. Here was our inspiration: For this project, I gave each of my students a white piece of card stock. With the paper vertically on their desks, they measured 2 3/4 inches across and…

Classroom Jobs

In my classroom, we’ve created a community of learners AND hard workers. Part of this includes my students each having a special job that they perform each day. We started out the year by applying for jobs. And yes, they actually filled out an application. Get it here! Classroom Job Application Here’s a list of…

I Am Not a Feminist.

I am not a feminist. Before you go thinking that I am against women’s rights and women in general, let me explain myself. In the past, feminism was a movement that fought for the rights we have today. If it weren’t for these powerful women leading and supporting the movement, we wouldn’t be able to…

“I Wish” Poems

In my classroom, we had been reading and discussing poetry for a couple of days. I wanted my students to write their own poems, but wasn’t sure where to start. I had remembered from the school I was previously at a poetry assignment one of the teachers had done, and I loved it! I decided…

Hedbanz Vocabulary

Many of you are (most likely) familiar with the children and family game,¬†Hedbanz. This game has a set of cards and plastic headbands, with a slot for the card. Players pick a card and insert it into the slot. They then have to guess what their card is through questioning the other players. You’re probably…

Parts of Speech Fitness

At my school, we do something called “Walk to Read.” This consists of students separating into groups for intensive reading instruction based on their own level. This system has proved to be extremely beneficial in reaching target struggle areas for students, and has helped every student gain reading progress. Within my classroom, I have a…