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Trace the Snail: Handwriting and Pencil Control Practice

Melissa Bastow

Tags back to school, early learning

Trace the Snail: Handwriting and Pencil Control Practice

My son participated in a great online preschool this past year.  He has learned a TON.  But one thing that it lacked was letter making and handwriting practice.  So that's what we'll be working on this summer before he heads off to Kindergarten. He gets bored with just practicing letters though, so I threw together this fun snail tracing page and he enjoyed it MUCH more than writing the letter E, which is what he was refusing to do before this. He had so much fun that I thought I would share the page.  I hope your kids enjoy it as...


Back to School Pencil Banner

Melissa Bastow

Tags back to school

Back to School Pencil Banner

Prepare your classroom or home for back to school with this cute printable pencil banner!  It comes with all the letters and numbers so you can say whatever you want!  It could say "Welcome Back!" or "3rd Graders are Awesome!"  or "I'm Taking a Nap as Soon as You Guys Head Off to School, YAY!"   It's easy to get and print this banner.  Just right click on each of the pictures below.  Select print or save for each one so you can get the letters and numbers you need for your message.  Print the pages on white cardstock and cut...


School Planner Printable

Melissa Bastow

Tags back to school, educational fun, planners

School Planner Printable

I have two kids out of elementary school now and I can't keep their schedules and homework straight.  Once you throw in their elementary school siblings, and the toddler, my brain is just FRIED.  (Let's be honest, my brain actually burnt out quite awhile ago).  And besides, they're old enough to start being responsible for their own classes and homework, right?  Except they have no idea how.  I blame myself, because I am not a paragon of structure and organization (I'm more of an impulsive explosion of craziness...with structure forced upon it...if that's a thing?) So I've created this planning printable...


Ham and Cheese "Sushi" Lunch Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

Tags back to school, snacks, tutorials

Ham and Cheese "Sushi" Lunch Tutorial

Get creative with school lunches with this easy to make Ham and Cheese sushi roll up.  It's fake sushi and safe to send to school!  The best part though is that it's super fun and will make your child's day a little happier when they open their lunch box to find these! This is what you'll need to make these ham and cheese sushi roll ups: 9 oz. Thin Smoked Ham 1 Pkg. Spinach Tortillas 1-2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella ½ -1 Cup Sour Cream 1-2 Small Pickle Cucumbers ½ -1 Cup Carrots ½ -1 Cup Shredded Cabbage Dice the cheese...


20 DIY Backpacks and Accessories for Back to School

Melissa Bastow

Tags back to school, tutorials

20 DIY Backpacks and Accessories for Back to School

Go back to school in custom style!  These DIY backpacks and accessories are fun to do and will make your child stand out like the super star that they are!   The Paper Mama - DIY Kitty Backpack   Lia Griffith - DIY Kids Monster and Kitty Backpacks   Aww Sam - DIY Plush Pillow Backpack   I Heart Nap Time - DIY Backpack   Me Sew Crazy - No Sew Duct Tape Backpack   Fall For DIY - Easy Watermelon Backpack   North Story - DIY Backpack Name Tags   Kids Activities Blog - Back o School Backpack Tag  ...