Author Archives: Sandie

Savanna Safari Sorting Mats and Cards

Boy–it’s taken me a long time to finish this newest piece of the Savanna Safari Maps, Mural, and MiniMuseum.  Life has interrupted things in a big way for the last few months, but I think I’m back on track and I’m … Continue reading

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Valentines for your Valentines

Looking for a quick, fun, and easy Valentine’s Day card to give your students? Here’s one idea—individual Conversation Hearts Bingo games. There are 32 different boards, and a message (page 10) you can run off on the back of each … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Kaylee Rodgers sings a Christmas Hallelujah

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You Lift Me Up

Wow!  God gives us such amazing gifts!  If this doesn’t lift you up, nothing will! Jeffrey Li, 10 years old, from Canada, and Celine Tam, 7 years old, from Hong Kong.  What an astounding talent and stage presence from two young … Continue reading

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Savanna Safari Mural

Turn a corner of your classroom into an African savanna!  Step-by-step directions show you how to make a beautiful background for a classroom center or mini museum.  Get a Sample Mural Savanna Safari or learn more. I hope you are all … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

Thank you!   Photo Credit:  Sleeping Soldiers:  Photo by skeeze, via

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Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day gives us all a chance to remember and think about those who serve and protect us in some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.  Much of the time they are thousands of miles away from home, family, and … Continue reading

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Student-Made Books

Classroom publishing has always been dear to my heart.  I first realized the power of publishing student’s work when I was working at a university lab school.  I was studying ways to teach students with learning and emotional disabilities.  One of the … Continue reading

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Savanna Safari Animal Puppets / Masks

I finally finished the first of many products celebrating life on the African savanna.  I am always looking for ways to get students to read where they don’t realize that they are actually reading!  (It helps a little to be a … Continue reading

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Happy National Teacher Week!

  Teachers wear lots of hats, expend enormous amounts of energy, and invest lots of their own time, money and emotions in their jobs!  Here’s to all of you who spend your days pouring your love into little (or young) … Continue reading

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