Unplugging this Summer

Summer is a time for kids to be kids, there is no argument about that. Being a kid should not mean plugged into devices, gaming systems, computers and television all summer. I think back to when I was a kid during summer break (we will not discuss how long ago that was) and how I spent it. Outside playing from sun up to sun down and falling asleep with a book in my hand at night. As a mom, I fear that technology is stealing away some of that enjoyment for reading, the outdoors, drawing, riding a bike and other “unwired” activities. I began searching out some summer checklists for my three boys. Setting ground rules for technology at the beginning of summer break will give them clear expectations. Here are a few that I liked.

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I love the idea of nature scavenger hunts. An activity that we can do together and be completely away from our devices. We are fortunate to live in an area with many hiking trails and I plan to utilize those this summer. I would love to see your summer scavenger hunt ideas.

Last summer, kindness rocks were a big hit with my boys. I must admit I found myself painting rocks well after everyone had gone to bed. It is a unique relaxing and creative outlet. We all enjoyed hiding the rocks around town and waiting to see pictures of our rocks posted on Facebook. Check on Facebook for you local area rock groups. You simply paint rocks, write on the back your local group name and watch on Facebook for it to be found and treasured by someone.

Here are a few we painted last summer. I must saw the unicorn was a proud moment for me as I love being creative but lack artistic talent.




20% off Sale in my TPT Store

EVERYTHING in my store will be 20% tomorrow, Tuesday May 1 for 24 hours. This is a great time to stock up on resources for next school year or ones to help finish this school year off strong. Thank you for your continued support.
-Planet Doiron (Gina)

cinco de mayo sale poster

Opaque, Transparent and Translucent Posters

Just uploaded! Posters from my light unit that make great visuals and review. This resource comes with 3 color posters and 3 that are black and white. The beauty of the black and white posters is that it is more printer friendly and students can color them to use them as review.

Opaque, Transparent, Translucent Posters

You can also find a light unit, a sound unit and a light and sound unit bundle in my TPT store.

Vocabulary Word Wall cards for the light unit and sound unit can be purchased separately as well, though they are included in the units.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Boosting Student Motivation

21 ways to boost student motivation

This article was a great read and an instant refresher on what we are already doing GREAT and what we can work on to increase intrinsic motivation in students. One that stood out to me was about changing the scenery. Flexible seating is something that many teachers have been introducing into their classrooms. It helps students get moving, viewing new perspectives, working around different personalities and changing their environment. It makes sense that this would boost morale with students. Another that stood out to me is about getting to know your students. I have always preached that when your students KNOW that you love them, they work for you and for themselves. They want to please you.

Take the time to read the article. It is a good read and an awesome reminder of why we do what we do.


Easter $150 TPT giftcard giveaway

Happy Easter! Myself and a team of amazing teachers have grouped together to gift an awesome teacher with a TPT gift card to show them how appreciative we are!

1 x $150 TPT Giftcard
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Raffle CLOSES: Sunday 1st April 2018 12am