Always a Teacher & Forever a Mom

Author: Always a Teacher & Forever a Mom

Catia is a mother of three and a teacher at heart. Her love for teaching has been a presence in her life since a very young age. She enjoys creating resources to help her children at home, and her students at school :)

Make Your Own Fancy Message Board

Since I spend so much time developing my teaching resources, a few months ago I decided to organize a tiny little space in our basement for this purpose. It is there that I consult books and notes. It is there that I write the rough drafts of resources. It is there that I store the resources I print and the little idea notes I come… Read More

Once Upon a Game – “Stonemason and Carpenter”

Today’s game is one that I often played in my childhood. As I planned this post I fondly recalled a sunny afternoon, sitting in our front yard with a neighbour girl and moving the pieces one by one 🙂 The traditional name of this game is “Pedreiro e Carpinteiro” that translates into “Stonemason and Carpenter”. I believe the game owes its name to the fact… Read More

Make Your Own St. Patrick’s Day Magnets

With Valentine’s Day gone, it is time to think of the next holidays 🙂 I know Mardi Gras (or “Carnaval” like we call it in Portugal) comes before St. Patrick’s Day; however, I could not resist and make these! 😀 These cute magnets are an easy and fun way to bring St. Patrick’s Day cheer into your home or classroom. The simplicity of the activity… Read More

The moment I realized I wanted to become a teacher!

Amazingly, I can pin point the exact moment when I realized that teaching was what I was meant to do in life. Oh, I am convinced that growing up in a family where most of its members are teachers, had something to do with it. I will even go as far as to say that having a teacher for a mother also influenced me. However,… Read More

Once Upon a Game – “Chameleon”

Today I bring you one of my favorite games. You might find there are  some similarities with games played in your own corner of the world, but I thought you’d appreciate another perspective 🙂 Today’s game is called Chameleon (in Portuguese, Camaleao). Its name comes from the outstanding ability this particular reptile has to change its appearance in order to blend into its surroundings.  … Read More

Clip Art World! A new adventure!

About a month ago… or was that two months ago??? Hmmm I’m not sure, anymore! Well, a short time ago 😀 I ventured into the world of clip art and digital paper designing! It has been sooooo much fun! The reaction to my products has been so much better than I thought it would ever be! Just today, while browsing my TeachersPayTeachers store, I noticed… Read More

Organizing 101 – The File Folder part 2

On a previous post, I showed you how to assemble a simple file folder that children can use with white board markers. Today I bring you a tutorial on how to assemble file folders that have cut-out pieces that need to be stored. I will be assembling one of my most recent file folder activity sets. You can visit my stores if you wish to… Read More

Once Upon a Game – “Stretch”

When reflecting upon my childhood experiences as a Portuguese young girl, I often remember the games we played during school recess. It is with great longing that I relive the laughter, happiness and yes, DRAMA, of those fun games. There were no such things as video games, game cards or other fancy toys. Most children’s families could barely afford food and clothing, much less toys. Some… Read More

Organizing 101 – The File Folder

I LOVE file folders. Indeed, I ADORE file folder activities. I discovered this ingenious idea when I was searching the internet for ways to make fun activities for my daycare kiddies. I had lots of ideas to teach them concepts but I wasn’t very fond of the idea of printing things over and over again. When I discovered this idea of turning file folders into reusable… Read More

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