September Thoughts + Favorites

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september thoughts + favorites

Hi friends,

Yes, I know itโ€™s a week into October already ๐Ÿ˜› 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. Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜ข Iโ€™m thinking of writing a whole blog post about managing online teaching while youโ€™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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Mid-Autumn Festival

Lots of you used the Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes, Vocab Cards, and Find-a-Star Game back at the beginning of September! Iโ€™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 โ€œrabbit!โ€

Pumpkin Numbers

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 โ€œHow old are you?โ€ or help a student count to 10. These could also be used as a cute classroom decoration! By far my favorite things

Maple Leaves

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 donโ€™t like โ€œcuteโ€ props.

Fall + Halloween Vocab Cards

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 Iโ€™ve found myself teaching the most over the last year and a half. If youโ€™re collecting them along with me, the Fall and Halloween Cards and the Mid-Autumn Festival Cards donโ€™t have any of the same words. Iโ€™m looking forward to releasing more of these soon and learning more about how they work for you guys!

Mini Flashcard Sets

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 Iโ€™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

Fall Photo Booth Props

Iโ€™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.

Giant Pencil

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.

Rose Gold Microphone

Iโ€™ve been thinking about getting a real microphone for my online classroom for a while now, and I love this rose gold one! Iโ€™ve seen it recommended by several teachers, it can be a speaker, player, or recorder, and it comes in lots of other colors too.

Emoji Sticky Notes

I showed these on Instagram and got some questions so I figured Iโ€™d repost them here! I recently bought more since theyโ€™re pretty inexpensive right now. Theyโ€™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.

Em ๐Ÿ’–