End of school year letter #1: from my student Lenora


   As you all know the year is coming to an end. I asked my students to write a letter telling me what their favorite day was, favorite subject, a memory they will never forget and something they would like to tell me. This is a letter from a gorgeous girl named Lenora. Lenora I want to tell you that you are not only gorgeous but you were an asset to the classroom. I will miss you so much and I will never forget you. I wish you climb the ladder of success in every step you take in life. Always remember, be positive and keep smiling Smile I love you…

P.S. I will be posting more letters everyday

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Who created this amazing chocolate spread Nutella?

I was wondering the other day why Nutella is so popular. Who created Nutella? Why do so many people love it? I see people talking about this amazing chocolate spread everywhere! On Facebook as a status , twitter where people are tweeting about craving some Nutella or posting some photos on instagram, at school, at home, just everywhere… So I thought about researching a bit and I thought you would find this information useful. Read all about it here and I included some recipes if you click on the link below. Enjoy Smile

Nutella® spread, in its earliest form, was created in the 1940s by Mr. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker and founder of the Ferrero company. At the time, there was very little chocolate because cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing.

So Mr. Ferrero used hazelnuts, which are plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy (northwest), to extend the chocolate supply. The unique taste of Nutella® hazelnut spread continues to come from the combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of cocoa. In addition, Nutella® has no artificial colors or preservatives.

When used in moderation with complementary foods, Nutella® can form a part of a balanced breakfast.  It can be a quick and easy way to encourage kids to eat whole grains, such as whole wheat toast, English muffins, toaster waffles and bagels.  With the unique taste of Nutella®, kids may think they are eating a treat for breakfast while moms are helping to nourish their children with whole grains!

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Recipe: Nutella chocolate Chip Cookies

Hey all you Nutella lovers! I found this very easy and yummy recipe and thought of sharing it. It would work as a snack for your kids. let them help you bake it as well it would be fun! Smile

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Nutella
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prep baking sheets with silpats or baking mat paper.
2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, the sugar and the brown sugar. Add the eggs and the vanilla until combined.
4. Gradually add the flour until the mixture is combined.
5. Then mix Nutella. Finally add in the chocolate chips.
6. Use ice cream scoop and drop on baking sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes


Source: http://en.petitchef.com

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A note to my students’ parents


      Wow! The year is almost ending. I thought of writing this post to the wonderful parents that I have met this year. I want to thank each one of you for the wonderful support you have showed me. I really love the fact that you are so involved in your child’s studies and school work because this act is rare nowadays. I appreciate it when you praise my work it really motivates me to always give my best to your child’s learning. It means a lot to me when you read my blog posts as well, this shows that you really do care and you want to know what your child’s teacher is providing for your son/daughter. I also want to thank you for the lovely comments that you have written me or said verbally. I felt there was an amazing teamwork between us and I rarely get that from parents. I hope I was able to leave a great impression! What an outstanding year it was!  I hope to stay in contact with all of you. God Bless you All xoxo

                                                                                                                          From Miss Farah

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A Brilliant lesson Plan: The Very hungry Caterpillar


A teacher I know got accepted recently as a KG –2 teacher because she applied this lesson to the class. She did very well and I thought it would be beneficial for new teachers who are now applying for this position and I thought it would be great to share. Congratulation Hania Nader and good luck in your teaching career and making a difference in your students’ lives Smile 

Science Lesson plan-KG 2 “The life Cycle of a Butterfly!

Grade level: KG2

Title: life cycle of the butterfly

Primary subject: science

Secondary subject (integrated into): art and mathematics

Background knowledge:

Students are expected to know the butterfly. If not, the teacher is expected to show a true butterfly. Also, they should know what a pattern is, in order to understand what a cycle is.


· Students will recognize the stages in a butterfly’s life cycle.

· Students will be able to name the four stages of butterfly’s life cycle.

· Students will make caterpillars and butterflies

· Students will name different fruit names 


· decorate the class with the crafts and introduce the topic

· read the story and pin point the different stages of the life cycle

· use the bulletin board to show the life cycle and name each stage

· the students will now be able to call the stages as the teacher reads on the story

· give students cards showing the different stages for them to sort  in the correct order (individual work)

· as we read the story, teacher  will show to the students the chart showing the number of fruits listed which caterpillar ate in the story

·students will work in groups of two to make the puzzle of the stages of  the life cycle and should put them in the correct order


· students will be given the different stages to number them from 1 to 4

· teacher will pin point the stages and the students should be able to give its name

Puzzle game – the life cycle of a butterfly


Art project



I printed these out, I cut them and the kids colored them and pasted them on a leaf and they made cocoons from tissues and they made butterflies like this one here from a tissue and a clothespin and they drew on them with markers.


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Safety Signs project; because we care…


    Last week, my Social studies students wanted to do something special. So I decided to have them walk around the school. As we began our journey, I was amazed by the wonderful and creative ideas that they had. I liked how detailed they were. They were able to recognize where students should be more cautious. They also mentioned some safety rules in the playground, like the one above. I told them to use their words positively. Instead of saying DON’T KICK THE BALL TOO HARD  we said IF YOU KICK THE BALL TOO HARD YOU WILL HURT YOUR FRIENDS.  They liked the idea that it is much better to use positive words and avoid the DON”T word. We don’t want to give orders after all right? So after they chose what to write we went to Art class and started designing the safety signs. This Wednesday and of course after the principal’s approval we will be hanging them around the school. Safety signs done by my students. They make me so proud Smile





This is what we got so far we will be writing more Smile

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Positive quotes to inspire your students


As you all know I am a believer in positive energy and self development. I like to inspire students every week with a quote about positivity or inspiration. Usually, every Friday we write the agenda or homework for the upcoming week and when we are done we write a quote on top. When we write it we discuss it as well. The quote above “ If you surround yourself with positive people, you will have positive results.” was last week’s quote. let me show a few quotes that we wrote the past few weeks.


“Only you can control your future.” –Dr. Suess


“Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”


“Live with passion.”- Anthony Robbins


“Greet the day with love in your heart.”


2012 is my year to shine! We wrote this quote after new year.

Trust me these quotes they will remember forever! Parents of my students read them too and they always tell me they love the quotes that we write on the agenda. Smile Inspire your students and everyone around you!

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My students solve math problems and operations daily here’s how…


Our Annual Math Contest is soon and I want my kids to practice mental math and operations regularly to get the hang of it. I decided to put a basket in class that says ‘Solve my Problem” in the basket are math operations subtraction and addition along with problem solving.


Next to the basket I put recycled papers to solve the operations on them instead of white paper and to teach them not to waste paper.


In the photo above I also added Math Windows, some teachers are familiar with them. They are also very good for solving operations. The answer key is in the back and they can put their score on top and of course using recycled paper.


I just want to add that I change the problems and operations every 2 weeks so that students will be provided with variety. Don’t forget to check their answers! This activity is also great for early finishers.

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10 Reasons to Ban Pens and Pencils in the Classroom


As I was browsing the net until I read this interesting post about pens and pencils. I never thought pencils could be that annoying or dangerous. As I read the whole post I agreed with every word but would do we use instead? That would work only if the school uses technology massively like Ipad for every student etc… Well I thought of sharing it anyway let me know what you think.

According to a recent MSNBC article, 69% of high school currently ban cell phones. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a school anywhere that has enacted a blanket ban on pens and pencils. Here are 10 reasons to reconsider the widespread acceptance of these distracting and potentially dangerous implements.

  1-  Pens and pencils are distracting. The tapping, clicking, flipping and rolling can drive just about any teacher around the bend.

    2- Writing implements are dangerous. I remember when I was a kid my brother attacked me with a pencil so close to my eye that I was almost gonna go blind. I still have the mark by the way. Thanks brother! –Miss Farah

3- Pens can be used to cheat. Katie says: Now that I’m at the head of a classroom instead of behind a desk, I’ve seen some ingenious cheating techniques. One student managed to write an entire history of media studies on the bottom of their shoe. I’ve also found forearms covered with vocabulary words, ankles tattooed with definitions, and hands dyed with smeared blue ink.

  4- They are incredibly messy. Dusty pencil shavings litter the floor in many elementary classrooms and pens filled with liquid ink are just disasters waiting to happen. Have you ever tried to clean a child’s backpack after a pen broke at the bottom of the bag? No amount of scrubbing can get the dye completely out.

   5- Pens and pencils can be used to bully kids. Those notes that pass from hand to hand across the rows of desks are often far more sinister than they appear. Thanks to the ubiquitous use of writing implements in schools, kids have free reign to write and distribute messages that use offensive language and hateful speech. Recent high-profile cases of student bullying are just the latest examples of why we must crack down on these communication tools.

6-Kids will just use them to play games. Hangman, Tic-Tac-Toe, word searches, crosswords, and now the latest craze: Sudoko. How can any student be expected to keep their mind on lessons when there are so many tempting distractions just a pen stroke away?

7-  Fancy pens and pencils will cause jealousy and other problems. Katie says: I remember in fifth grade when the girl who sat across from me came to school with a brand new pack of orange, sparkly pens that wrote in neon ink. Her father had brought them back as a souvenir from a recent trip to Florida. They were the coolest and I wanted them, but they were too expensive for me to just go out and buy. Wouldn’t it be better to nip those kinds of issue in the bud by instituting a widespread ban on pens in schools.

  8-  There are health concerns that can lead to bad habits. Chewing pens and pencils  all that chomping in class had to affect our dental hygiene.

  9-They lead to sedentary behavior. Have you ever seen a child running with a sharpened pencil? Or, writing a note while playing kickball? Writing and exercise don’t mix. The obesity crises is reaching epic levels. Let’s get pens and pencils out of our kid’s pudgy hands so they can get moving.

  10- They can be used to embarrass teachers. Sure, no teacher wants to see their goofs show up on YouTube, but a skillfully done caricature can do as much or more damage than photos or video. At least cameras and video capture actual events, when students are given free reign to create images, text or stories about their teachers, there’s no limit to the damage they can do.

By Katie Stansberry


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Healthiest lunchbox for this week goes to…


…Faouzi! Faouzi is one of the students who always gets healthy snacks and lots of fruits. I like how the fruits are always so neatly put and how he displays them on his desk getting ready munch Smile Keep it up Faouzi!

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