{Book Looks}: The Jelly Donut Difference Book Review

Hello! I am SO excited about this new series! I can't wait to share one of my new favorite books with you and share some of the ways you can use it in your classroom! You can check out my previous post on the book Sneaky Spinach here! 

As soon as I read Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun the first time, I fell in LOVE with Maria Dismondy! Her books are absolutely amazing and all teach different character lessons in a kid-friendly way! When Maria asked if she could send me her newest book, The Jelly Donut Difference, my heart was so happy! I couldn't wait to read the newest book in her amazing collection and come up with a fun way to use it in my classroom! 


This book is so cute! I read it to my own two kids before I read it to my classroom kids and I loved being able to discuss ways to sprinkle kindness at home and at school! 


This book is too cute! It is all about Leah and Dexter, two siblings that can't seem to get along! With a little help from a neighbor and some special donuts, the siblings learn what is really important in life and learn to spread kindness and smiles! 

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How absolutely ADORABLE is Maria Dismondy!?


Maria Dismondy is an inspiring author whose books focus on topics that challenge children. Maria has a background in early education and is commited to teaching the importance of character building, which allows her to touch lives all over the world! She travels as a public speaker to schools, community forums, and national conferences! When she is not busy writing or speaking, she is at home in Michigan with her family!


 My class and I had SO much fun with this book and the activities that we did! If you follow my blog or social media accounts, you can see how much I love spreading kindness and positivity!


 After we read The Jelly Donut Difference we brainstormed ways that we can {sprinkle kindness} as a class! How sweet are these ideas!?


Then, my students wrote about how they can sprinkle kindness and enjoyed their very own jelly donut! I just got jelly donut munchkins from Dunkin Donuts! 


Their little pennants made the cutest banner in our hallway! I really loved reading all the different ways that they could sprinkle kindness! 


You can get these activities and MORE in my Kindness Counts: A Maria Dismondy Unit in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!


Seriously, such a CUTE book and so much fun sprinkling kindness! Do you want to WIN your very own copy of this book and my Kindness Counts unit to use in your classroom? Make sure to enter the giveaway below! 


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Scholastic Printables: A Review and Giveaway!

So, who else LOVES anything that can help make teaching easier!? This is a HARD job y'all and I love finding resources that can really help make our jobs a little less stressful! I am so excited to share Scholastic Printables with you!

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Scholastic is one of my all time FAVORITE companies as a teacher! The Scholastic Warehouse Sale really helped me stock my classroom library as a brand new teacher, and I still can't say no to the amazing bookfair! So, when Scholastic asked me to partner with them to host a giveaway for an ENTIRE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to their printables and even shared a subscription with me, there was no way I could turn it down! 
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Scholastic Printables give you instant, unlimted access to thousands of skill sheets, activities, lesson plans, and more! These classroom resources are created by teachers and vetted by your trusted friends at Scholastic. Save time and money, and browse with confidence. 

When I got my subscription, I jumped right in and started to look around! There are literally THOUSANDS of different options on their website! I started my search by Grade Level, and there were tons of resources for 1st grade. I could limit my search by Learning Activities and Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages, Connect the Dot Activities, Flash Cards, and MORE! 

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One of my favorite options is to search by THEME, just look at the different options they have! The possibilites are endless! For the month of March, there are amazing resources for Dr. Seuss and so many cute St. Patrick's Day activities! https://printables.scholastic.com/shop/pr?eml=PRT/smpd/20160213/bloggers/post/printables/30dayft/?eml=PRT/smpd/20160213/bloggers/post/printables/teachingwithcrayonsandcurls

Do you want to try some out for yourself!? These fun SPRING themed resources are perfect for the primrary classroom! 

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{Book Looks} A Sneaky Spinach Book Review

I am SO excited to start a new series on my blog! One of my favorite things about teaching elementary school has to be the books. I absolutely LOVE finding new books to share with my students, and I'm so excited to share some of my favorites with all of you to share with your students! 


The first book I'm going to be reviewing is a book called Sneaky Spinach by Alexis Schulze! It is THE cutest book to share healthy eating habits with your students! 



The main character in this book is Nick, a little boy who doesn't like to eat fruits and vegetables, which sounds JUST like my own 5 year old son and I'm sure LOTS of the students in your classroom! 


Nick prefers to eat junk food over healthy food, but always feels tired! Nick's mom makes him a fruit smoothie each morning and some Super Spinach comes up with a plan to make sure Nick is getting the nutrition that he needs to feel better! The book follows Nick's week and shows how the nutritious spinach helps Nick become faster, more focused, and stronger! 


Alexis Schulze is the author of Sneaky Spinach and the co-founder of Nekter Juice Bar! She wrote this book as a way to encourage children to become more active, eat healthy foods, and live more happy lives! By writing this book, she was able to combine her two passions- children and living a healthy lifestyle! Her company, Nekter Juice Bar will donate $4.00 from each Sneaky Spinach book to Festival of Children Foundation, which seeks to improve lives of children by supporting charities that serve them, how AMAZING is that!? Want to learn more about Alexis, just click here! 


This books has so many different ways that you can connect it to the curriclum in the classroom! In my district, we have to teach the differences between heatlhy and unhealthy foods and this book would be PERFECT to introduce this topic! I absolutely LOVE this FREE Food Sort from True Life I'm a Teacher!



Also, the Readers' Guide that you can download with this book is absolutely INCREDIBLE! You HAVE to check it out, because it has everything you can think of to use in your classroom! You can use so many of the resources with small groups or with your whole class! And, the best part!? They are FREE! You can grab the Readers' Guide here! 



There are also some fun coloring pages that you can find here! What a perfect activity for young students! I used these at home with my own children after we read the book! Grab your free coloring pages here!


Want to use this book in your classroom!? You can grab a copy here!

Happy Teaching!

I received this book for free to provide an honest review. All of the opinions in this post are honest and impartial. 




Spreading Kindness in the Classroom!

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week!  I absolutely LOVE spreading kindness in (and out) of my classroom! So, I wanted to share some of my favorite activities that you could easily implement in your own classroom to spread some happy!


There are SO many ways to spread kindness! So, let's get this KINDNESS PARTY STARTED!!!



My students this year are very competitive and are always up for a challenge! So implementing Kindness Challenges are a FUN way to spread some kindness in and out of the classroom! I wrote all about how I use them in my classroom over at The Primary Peach

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti is one of my favorite quotes, and I LOVE this kindness challenge because students write about their kind acts on confetti pieces to create the board!


You can grab this Confetti Kindness Challenge here! 


Kindness Counts, always! This Kindness Challenge is SUPER easy to implement and it's FREE! Students are given hearts to record their acts of kindness on and then return them to school! 


You can read more about how I use Kindness Challenges in my classroom over at 




I LOVE using quotes in my classroom as a way to motivate students and spread kindness! These Motivational Quotes by Blair Turner are one of my MOST favorite purchases, EVER! 


This quote is in the very center of our classroom, and serves as our classroom motto! My co-teacher and I point to this quote many times and ask our students if they are being the reason someone smiles today!? Such a great reminder to spread smiles and not frowns! 


Interested in making your own {Be the Reason} board!? You can grab the letter template here! 




What better way to spread kindness than by giving compliments to each other! This was a SUPER SIMPLE and completely random activity that I did with my class one afternoon when I really noticed that we needed to spread some happy! I printed out a class list, cut out all the names, and put them in a bucket. I went around the classroom and had students pull names out of the bucket. They had a minute or two to think of a compliment to share with the student that they drew out of the bucket. Then, we sat in a circle and went around the circle sharing compliments with each other.


I absoutely LOVED the randomness of this, because students were sharing compliments with kids that were not their best friends or kids that they don't play with on a regular basis. And, every single time a compliment was shared BOTH kids smiled! Seriously one of the sweetest activities to end the day in a happy way!



Sometimes you just need something small to spread smiles! Like a post-it! I LOVE using these {Positive Sticky Notes} to spread some happy to my students and co-workers! They are super easy to print and leave anywhere where you want to spread kindness! 



You can grab the {Positive Sticky Notes} here!


I think it's also very important to let my students be in charge of spreading smiles and kindness to others! In our classroom, students can fill out these simple slips of paper and deliver them to people that have made them smile! Something SO easy and let's them work on writing while being kind!





You can grab this FREE activity here





How do YOU spread kindness in your classroom? I'd love some more ideas to add to this list! Hopefully you found something new that you can use with your students!

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Happy Teaching and Kindness Spreading!




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