Healthy Halloween Goodies

Aloha everyone! My Fall break ended quickly and I realized that there are only 2 weeks until Halloween!!

If you follow my blog then you know Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I love everything about it, including eating my favorite candy!

This is the worst part of Halloween for me.  I eat so much sugar especially at school and crash when I get home.

I have been really good about changing up my diet and not eating so much processed sugar.  In fact since doing the Whole30 diet in June I have kept up some really great habits and passed them onto my family.

I want to continue with this for my class party this year.  If I keep it a free for all I will be bombarded with sugary treats and that's not healthy for anyone.

So I found a few healthy, affordable and easy alternatives for our class Halloween party.

How cute and fun are these orange pumpkins?! 
Put out some Sharpies and have your students decorate their own!  

These String Cheese monsters are fun too,
and kids could again decorate their own!  

Another quick and easy idea that kids would love to make!

Pumpkin Quesadillas will be a hit with many of my students!!

These Banana Ghosts and Pumpkins are so fun and
I am sure will disappear very quickly!

Mummy Dogs are too cute!!
As a mom I would probably substitute with lower fat turkey dogs.  
I don't think the kids would notice.

I know many of my parents are busy like me and most of these snacks take some prep time.  I plan to even ask parents to send in healthy alternative snacks like veggie chips or popcorn.  

I was checking out one of my favorite sites, and found a great page for all kinds of healthy snacks.

I may or may not have loaded up my cart with lots of snacks for me and my girls!

I know many schools now days have rules about parties and not even allowing cupcakes for birthday parties.  Hopefully some of these ideas will help to create a fun and healthy Halloween in your classroom this year.  Check out my Pinterest page Kids Cooking for even more ideas!


First Grade Morning Work

Aloha everyone!  I am on Fall Break right now and enjoying my down time.  My girls and I headed to Waikiki this week and enjoyed the beach, eating out and just messing around in general.  It's fun to be a tourist.  I never get tired of the amazing sunsets here.

Many of you know that Hawaii adopted the Reading Wonders series last year.  Our school didn't receive much training and last year I really just had to dive in and use what I thought was doable in my classroom.  

One thing that was a bit overwhelming was all the grammar, phonics and skills review they want you to cover each day.  I wasn't exactly sure how to fit it all in easily into the day.  I decided to create a morning work pack that covered each of the skills in the units.

It has turned out to be a huge success in my classroom and one of my best sellers!  Thank you all so much for all the great feedback.

I had many requests to create a 1st grade version.  I enlisted the help of some of my first grade buddies and came up with my first pack for Unit 1 Grade 1.

Each page has two days worth of skills.

You could copy them front to back or just cut them in half and make a weekly booklet.

The format is simple and repetitive.  With guided practice students should be able to complete it independently in about 15 minutes or less.

I am so glad I finally completed these.  I find that the first grade skills align well with 2nd grade.  I will be using this version with my Sped kids and my struggling readers to develop more confidence.

You can download the preview in my TpT shop for a free sample.  Morning Work Grade 1.

I hope this is helpful to you or someone you may know.  
I always love getting your feedback! Mahalo for stopping by.

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