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Yes, I know it’s a week into October already 😛 but I still wanted to share my September thoughts and favorites with you before we get too much farther into my favorite month!
September was really busy for me - I tried to teach as much as possible, create some fall things for my shop, and also pursue a bunch of other other side hustles (blog post about that coming later this week!) I feel like the upcoming time change and the back to school feeling always encourage me to work a little harder somehow. I’m looking forward to going hard again for October and then slowing down a little in November and December.
I was sick for the last few weeks of September with a cold that turned into a more serious flu, so I had a lot of teaching days where I basically just dragged myself out of bed 😢 I’m thinking of writing a whole blog post about managing online teaching while you’re sick, but things that got me through included keeping a heating pad on my lap and a humidifier close by, drinking tons of tea between classes, and resting as much as possible. I would love to hear how you guys handle teaching with a cold!
in my shop
In my shop this month, I mostly focused on fall and back to school themed items! Fall just might be my very favorite theme to create things for, followed closely by rainbows! 😊
Lots of you used the Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes, Vocab Cards, and Find-a-Star Game back at the beginning of September! I’m so happy I could help you celebrate with your students. I had so much fun with Mid-Autumn Festival this year, and I took lots of notes for next year. The word I found myself teaching the most this Mid-Autumn Festival was “rabbit!”
I drew these a while ago with my digital pen and made them into some number props to use throughout the fall in my classroom. I love having something seasonal to hold up every time I ask “How old are you?” or help a student count to 10. These could also be used as a cute classroom decoration! By far my favorite things
I created these realistic maple leaf props from real photographs I took of maple leaves from my yard. I made medium and mini sizes! This was good practice for me in using Photoshop and different settings on my camera, and I learned a lot in the process. I hope to make a lot more realistic props from my photographs in the future, since I find they work well for a lot of my students, especially those who don’t like “cute” props.
These were maybe the most satisfying thing to create this month, since my students have been loving them and I was looking forward to building on my Mid-Autumn Festival Vocab Cards. It feels great to be slowly building a set of vocab cards based around my own classroom experiences and the words I’ve found myself teaching the most over the last year and a half. If you’re collecting them along with me, the Fall and Halloween Cards and the Mid-Autumn Festival Cards don’t have any of the same words. I’m looking forward to releasing more of these soon and learning more about how they work for you guys!
This month in celebration of back to school I released lots of mini flash cards: Alphabet, Numbers 0-10, Months of the Year + Seasons, and Days of the Week. I made a demo set in pink, blue, and green, but I’m also making personalized sets in your favorite colors! Pastels, rainbow, black and white - custom orders are my favorite because often you guys think of awesome combinations I never would have thought of!
in my classroom
This month, I was on the lookout for allll the cute fall props and decorations! Plus the back to school sales make it hard to resist
I’ve always found photo booth props work well in an online classroom setting, and these fall themed ones are really cute! I love the maple leaves and the different types of pumpkins.
I fell in love with this giant orange pencil this month! (It comes in other colors too.) My students always laugh when I bring out my giant sunglasses or anything remotely oversized, and this giant pencil would really make the class special for them.
I’ve been thinking about getting a real microphone for my online classroom for a while now, and I love this rose gold one! I’ve seen it recommended by several teachers, it can be a speaker, player, or recorder, and it comes in lots of other colors too.
I showed these on Instagram and got some questions so I figured I’d repost them here! I recently bought more since they’re pretty inexpensive right now. They’re a cute, easy way to teach emotions, and you can easily laminate a bunch of them, attach them to popsicle sticks, or glue them down to some cardstock to make them more durable.
Happy teaching, friends.