Spring Activities Round-up
Spring is just around the corner!! Here are five things I think might help or just spark a little extra joy this spring season. Let me know in the comments if you have an idea to add!
1. Spring Bundle
2. How to Blow up on TpT Video Series
3. Body Percussion Video for Black History Month
4. Among Us Coding Activity
5. New Freebies!
It’s JANUARY! You have to be kidding me. Remember when all the crazy virtual learning thing started in March and we are all sure it would be over in a few weeks? I wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told me we would still be stumbling through hybrid and virtual learning in the New Year but here we are.
I’m determined to approach this year with my chin up. I’m determined to find the good. SO. Let’s look at some winter activities for the music room that are going to bring us some joy in these cold months!
1. Bulletin Board REFRESH!
I recently redid my FOUR bulletin boards after a LONG stretch of procrastination and….it has been SO life giving. I used this set from Ashley Makenzie and made this set myself and I’m literally so happy with how it all is turning out! If you need some joy (and ahem, a good background for insta stories) take the time to change up those bulletin boards!
2. BOOM Cards!
Oh my gosh. How would we do virtual learning without Boom Cards! These are a lifesaver! So easy, fun for the kids, and simple to make too! I’ll link my Boom Card bundle here but there also lots of fun FREE Boom Cards on the website that could get you started.
3. Becca's Matching Game
You can literally NEVER go wrong with one of Becca’s matching games and these two in particular are ADORABLE and perfect for if you have kids in person in a hybrid or all-in model. Check it out here and here!
4. Winter Village Winter Game
This precious Google Slide resource is super easy to link to your online courses but is also just so gorgeous on your SmartBoard! I think you’ll love the way this looks in your room as much as your kids love playing it! Click here to check it out and if you want to see all my winter resources, check out my winter resources bundle to get them all at once!
5. Color-by-Note Freebie
I struggle so much sometimes with getting a good old fashioned paper and pencil activity! With that in mind, I made this resource that will literally work for any grade, can be linked in our courses or used in person, and because I love ya - it’s free! Click over the freebie page to download your copy!
Happy Winter sweet friends. Keep your chin up. We’re going to make it.
Planning into the New Year!
Can you even BELIEVE that 2021 is here?! This year has been a DOOZY for sure so I can’t say I’m sad to see 2020 go. BUT! One of my favorite times of the year are those first few days when I can rest and plan and dream for the year ahead. 2021 is a little bit different because I’m planning for my music teacher life, my mama life, and now, for my business life!
I was looking allll over the place for a good TpT seller’s planner and honestly, nothing was was exactly what I needed. Soooo I made one! I am seriously so proud of this planner. It is exactly what I wanted it to be and I’m just overjoyed to be planning with it.
I know you probably want a flip through, so you can either watch the video below or hop over to my Instagram page (@joyfulnoiseteaching) to check out the story highlight with even more detail.
Then when you’re done checking out all that is inside of this planner, I wanted to let you guys try it out for yourselves!
Here is a little sample of two of my favorite pages from the planner! They can be printed to use in hard copy or used in Goodnotes 5 or Noteability on your iPad. If you guys need a tutorial about how to use your iPad for digital planning - comment below or shoot me a message and I’ll put one together for you!
Happy planning friends! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Winter Break Self-Care for Teachers
At least for the teachers in this family, we are officially on BREAK! Normally, we talk about teaching ideas here but today I wanted to pause and talk about self-care. As I write this, it’s just 5 days until Christmas. This has the potential to be a really busy and hectic time or one full of sweetness and rest. I want to encourage you to pursue the second - even when it’s really hard. Here are some ideas for finding rest over the last few days before the big day:
I admit it. I’m a pajama addict. I LOVE comfortable lounge clothes - especially since the pandemic started and we all just stay home all the time you know? The power of a super comfy outfit cannot be exaggerated. Any way I have some recommendations for what you need and if you pop into your Target, or get them on drive up, you can get them before Christmas. Check them out here!
Ben and I took some time a few nights ago to make homemade garlands for our home and it was the sweetest thing. We played some Christmas music, mixed up some homemade hot chocolate, and decorated our house with stuff we already had. We usually use clippings from our tree, popcorn, and cranberries, but this year we also cut some oranges into thing slices and baked them in the oven at 200 degrees for 4 hours until completely dry. Then we strung them on twine and hung them on the mantle and the whole experience was just a little bit magical.
I find that these days can be so full of hustle and bustle that they can fly by me before I know it. One thing that really helps is taking a minutes away to be alone, get quiet, and take a deep breath. At least for me, this centers me again, reminds me of what really matters, and helps me soak in these precious holiday moments with my whole heart. Don’t feel guilty about it. It’s important.
My family and I have been doing Advent gathered around the table together and it has been so helpful as a way to bring us together no matter what else is going on in the day and help us to refocus on the bigger picture. I’ve linked some of my favorite Christmas read alouds here!
Ok last one, but SO important. I am sometimes guilty of just trying to get the tasks related to the Christmas season over as soon as possible instead of taking the time to make them FUN. So, first, invest in wrapping paper that makes you really happy. I linked the paper I’m using this year here! And then put on your FAVORITE Christmas movie. Whether it’s Elf or The Holiday or The Grinch or if you’re one of those crazy people that likes It’s a Wonderful Life, make wrapping an event and soak up the holiday spirit while we still can!
Ok that’s it for me, but I want to know about YOUR holiday traditions! Reply to the email or comment below to tell me all about it! Merry Christmas everyone!
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