Category Archives: Holidays

Whoo Will Be my Valentine? {Owl Themed Valentine Party}

Valentine's Day Owl Party!Whoo’s ready for Valentine’s Day?!?!  I just think this Valentine’s Day Owl Themed Party pack is a HOOT!  It was so much fun coming up with the Owl Bag that you just have to attach to a brown lunch sack and you have an inexpensive but fun Valentine’s card catcher!

I’m also a huge advocate for healthy/healthier treats at school when possible (I know some schools are banned from having treats at all).  If you are allowed to bring food here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day healthy snacks!

Our healthy treats are strawberry smoothies, valentines chex mix and heart shaped fruit skewers.

Our healthy valentine’s treats are strawberry smoothies, valentines chex mix and heart-shaped fruit skewers.

My kids always love the strawberry smoothies we even tried to cut strawberries in half one year and stick them on the side of the cup so it would look like a heart…that didn’t exactly work out too well for us, but hey it might for you!

If you’d like the recipe to print off for your students or to use in your classroom just click the picture below.  This recipe serves 2 so if you are making a batch for your whole classroom you’ll have to adjust it accordingly.  Enjoy!

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Click on the picture for a free copy of this recipe to share with your class!

The chex mix was gluten-free and had special gluten-free red m&m type candies in it. YUM!  Then our fruit skewers were suppose to be watermelon, but for some reason that didn’t work out (maybe they weren’t in season in our area?) so a creative room parent came up with cutting strawberries to look like hearts.  Notice how the orange slices are shaped like arrows!!

I have two Valentine’s Day packets to share with you today.  The first one is my newest “Whoo Will be My Valentine? {Owl Themed Party Pack}”  I included several options and colors where necessary to give the option for boys as well as the girls!

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Inside You’ll Find:
*Owl Paper Bag Valentine’s Craft {use for collecting Valentine’s} {templates & directions}
*”Whoo Will Be My Valentine?” Headband
*”Owl Always Think You’re Sweet!” Snack Bag Toppers {3 styles}
*Whoo Loves a Good Book?” & “Reading is a HOOT” Gift Bookmarks
*Owl Themed Valentine’s Cards (4 styles)
*Owl Valentine Pencil Toppers or Cupcake Toppers
*”Whoo Loves a Good Book?” & “Reading is a Hoot!” Bookmarks (3 styles total)
*Happy Valentine’s Day Banner/ Pennant

For a great lesson in having a thankful heart check out my “Give Thanks with a Thankful Heart” packet.

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Oh and of course a picture of my little model showing off the Valentine’s Day Headband!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Groundhog Day Activities {Pop-up Craft, Mini-book and More!}


I have to be honest, I’m really hoping that Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow this year!  I love warm weather and I’m already ready for some sunny days and gardening.

I created this Groundhog Day Unit as a fun way for students to learn some facts about groundhogs and make an enjoyable craft at the same time.  I almost squealed with delight the first time I had the groundhog pop in and back out of his burrow with the craft stick.

There is a groundhog reader included that has an easy reader version and a little more advanced version.  I love having the options to challenge more advanced readers while meeting the needs of the up and coming readers as well!


Here’s what you’ll find inside:

*”All About Groundhogs” Non-fiction mini-book (2 different leveled books, 2 styles- 1 with illustrations/1 without)

*”Groundhogs” Can-Have-Are Brainstorm

*All About Groundhogs/ Happy Groundhog Day! Writing Pages (2 Different writing line options for differentiated learning)

*”Groundhog Craftivity” (includes: pop-up groundhog template, groundhog burrow printout/labels, & instructions)

*Take-Home Groundhog Review Game (game board, question cards, directions/answer key, groundhog game pieces)



You can find my unit HERE if you’d like to purchase it!

Aspire to Inspire!

MLK Day Craftivity Giveaway!

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day I’ve created a character craftivity!  I absolutely love the quote by Dr. King where he says “…they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  During this MLK craft and printables students will explore different attributes that make up good character, discussing why it’s important not to judge others on their outside appearance.

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Inside the Character Counts {Martin Luther King Craftivity & Printables} you’ll find:

-”Character Counts” Posters and descriptions

-”I Have Good Character” Mini-Book

-”Good Character Is…” Web Brainstorm

-”I Have a Dream Character Craftivity” (includes: instructions, writing prompts w/ 2 different line options (one with no lines for drawing and labeling), printouts & templates

i have a dream craftivity preview.001I’m also having my very first giveaway!!  Follow the directions below to enter to win this MLK Craftivity (You must leave a comment for each entry in order to win).  This contest ends on Sunday, January 13 at Midnight, so enter today!

You have 4 chances to win! 

Leave a comment below stating each entry you have completed. Be sure to include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win!

1.  Go to Michaela’s TpT Store and click “follow me” (Mandatory entry).

2.  Follow this blog i{heart}edu by e-mail.

3. Follow Michaela on Pinterest.

4. Share this giveaway post on Facebook or Twitter.

That’s it!  I will announce the winner Monday morning.

Nativity Themed Math Centers

Welcome Baby Jesus {Nativity Themed Math Centers and Activities} Religious/Bible Based Centers

I absolutely ENJOY Math Centers!  I know the kids do too.  There’s something so great about turning the concepts you’re learning about into more of a fun game, then a required workbook page.

During the year it seems easy to find centers based on Seasons and Holidays, but I find it difficult to find many Bible based centers.  That’s why I came up with “Welcome Baby Jesus! {Nativity Themed Math Centers and Activities}”.  These are fun centers that hit Math concepts that students need to be learning in 1st and 2nd Grades and have the characters represented from the first Christmas like Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Shepherds and more.

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Here’s what you’ll find inside:

* “Welcome Baby Jesus!” Nativity Counting Mini-Book and Class Book Idea

* Magi Skip Counting (Count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s)

* Sheepish Doubles (Adding doubles 1-9)

*“Time” to Follow the Star (Telling time to the hour and half hour)

* Silent Night Sums (Addition)

* Donkey Differences (Subtraction)

*Addition and Subtraction True and False

The fun thing is, these don’t even have to be only for your students, you can give them for your own kids, grandkids, church kids.

Enjoy sharing the greatest story on earth about Jesus’ birth in a fun, cross-curricular way!


Michaela Peterson 🙂

Make Your Own Christmas Cards {PicMonkey Editorial Link}

Be Merry Christmas CardThis year we are trying to do everything as “budget friendly” as possible.  My sister-in-law and I saw some beautiful designs on Shutterfly and wanted to make them our own.  We went on PicMonkey to see if we could take our pictures and make anything remotely similar.  We were pleasantly surprised to find out what we could accomplish.

After doing this, I thought these would make a great gift to your students’ parents as well.  Take a picture of your class, design the Christmas Themed Card, print off and send home to parents as a great parent christmas gift!

Click on over to Beginner DIY Christmas Cards with PicMonkey for a complete How-To on how to make your own Christmas Cards with PicMonkey!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Journey to Bethlehem {Christmas Literacy Centers}

Journey to Bethlehem Jesus Christmas Activities

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas!  There’s something in the air that makes most people seem happier, there’s salted caramel hot chocolate to be had, family gatherings to take place, but most of all it’s the perfect opportunity to share more about Jesus with our students and others.  There is something so beautiful about young children seeing the beauty in the story of Jesus’ Birth that really can rekindle the love of Jesus for any adult!  If you teach in a Private school, Homeschool, or just want to share Jesus with your own kids this “Journey to Bethlehem” unit is perfect for you!

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* “On the way to Bethlehem” Mini-Book and Class Book Idea
* Bethlehem ABC Order Sort
* Memory Verse Puzzle (Isaiah 6:9)
* Nativity Nouns (sorting Person, Place or Thing)
* Stable Sort (Long/Short Vowels)
**Each Activity involves a corresponding student recording sheet!

I really wanted to extend the Nativity Story beyond the reading books, and bring the characters into everyday Literature learning topics like; ABC Order, Nouns, Sight word reading, Short/Long Vowels, and Memorization.

Click on over to my TpT Store for a closer look.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

-Michaela Peterson 🙂


TpT Cyber Monday plus Tuesday Sale! {Give Thanks Unit}

Michaela Peterson TpT Cyber Monday plus Tuesday SaleI’ve been so thankful for all of the FABULOUS family time I’ve gotten over Thanksgiving Break!  So so so much to be thankful for.

Great news on top of that, I’m having a huge Cyber Monday plus Tuesday TpT Sale (along with hundreds of other sellers)!  On Monday and Tuesday my store will be 20% off and if you add the code “CMT12” you will save a total of 28% off.

WAHOO!  Now’s a great time to stock up for winter and the rest of the school year!

While you’re there you can check out my new “Give Thanks with a Thankful Heart”, a great unit for teaching Heart-filled Thanks any time of year!

“Give Thanks with a Thankful Heart” includes “My Thankful Heart” Poem/Poster, Give Thanks acrostic, My Thankful Heart Craftivity, Heart Web and more!

Come visit my TpT Store to check out the sale!

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