Friday, October 3, 2014

Boo! It's a Tricks & Treats Blog Hop!

Woohoo!  I'm back for a fun Blog-Hop that is tied into my favorite holiday!!  I love, love, love Halloween!  Not because it's dark and spooky but more for the creative side of it!  Decorating, costumes, treats, tricks!  Creativity is my drug of choice for sure.
So I'm joining forces with Jessica from Mrs. Plemon's Kindergarten for this fun blog hop with lots of tricks and treats for you.  
So let's start with a TRICK!  I borrowed this amazing idea from one of my colleagues a few years ago.  I like to incorporate quick word work actives but always hated taking up a whole notebook for our quick lists and word building activities.  She used to carry around a STENO PAD to keep track of her to-do lists and such.  It was brilliant!  What a great way to always have a quick reference to what to do and make a quick note of what you need to do.  If you are anything like me, then you think of something great or important and by the time you are near a pen and paper, you've forgotten what idea it was.  Hopefully this problem is not a sign of old-age to come.  
This is my STENO for this year so far.  Each year I seek out the cutest one I can find and so begins my endless to-do list.  Below you can see how used and worn they get by the end of the year.  What is neat, is that I hold on to them for a bit and can find some of my ideas from years past.
Back on topic…so then I realized that this incredible friend of mine was also using STENO pads with her kiddos.  And they LOVED it!  Something about the cute little sized notebook makes them go crazy.  So you can do whatever you like but this is how we use them:
And now for the TREAT!  I have had this idea for a few years and just never got around to creating it so that I wasn't still using that old-school cut & paste copy I have in my folder.  So enjoy this freebie by clicking the picture or HERE and I hope you can spend some fun times begin spookily creative with your kiddos.
Thanks for stopping by.  And just to join in, I've decided to throw a weekend sale to go with our Tricks & Treats Blog Hop.  Stop by my store HERE and get some deals.

Don't forget to check out all the other great blogs filled with Tricks & Treats for all you Goblins out there.


  1. I love the steno pads. When I taught third grade we used them to write our spelling test in. Kids loved it and it was the right size for just a spelling test. Funny thing- when I did have kids use the pads for written work they would stop at the center line. They thought it was the margin line and you are not supposed to go past it! Thanks for sharing the calendar!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  2. Ok, you have inspired me to get a steno pad. Honestly, I have NEVER used a steno pad, ever. But, I think I may just pick one up. I downloaded your Month of Spooky Days! I gave your feedback on your TpT store. Thank you so much for giving me credit for my ghost clip art.

    Best wishes!
    Jen :)

  3. I picked up a few cute little notebooks at the dollar store this summer. My students love to use them during recess when they play restaurant. I try and encourage reading and writing in all forms of play. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I can see why the kids would love that. There are so many uses for them. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Totally LOVE the steno pad idea. I'm going to go get me one and do that. So easy to carry around.

  6. I'm off to buy Steno Pads! Love the idea, and you're right about them loving anything a little different! I fear my students may all develop an office products fetish!

  7. What a great idea for daily 5 and recording work! I need to go get some steno pads :).

    The Learning Chambers

  8. Great post! I've enjoyed reading your blog!

    I've nominated you for the Liebster award (although I think you've got one already, but more is never a bad thing).



  9. I'm nominating you for the Leibster Award!