Thursday, January 19, 2017




This is why these concepts make so much sense to me to focus on at this time, and always.

We have just been through a particularly unique and volatile election process in our United States of America. January 20,2017 starts the next chapter in our country with new leadership.

So, after all that has occurred and all that we have been through as a nation and with the whole world watching, the question is...


We come together as EDUCATORS like we always do, and we dig in to some unifying projects to work towards our common goals for our students in this country and all over the world.

That's what we do.

So, what unifying projects should we choose to focus on right now in our classrooms with our students?


Focusing on kindness in the classroom, acceptance of others and consideration for others is always a wonderful place to start. 

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." 
Thomas Jefferson

Words right from the Declaration of Independence, could not be a better place to focus on as our nation comes together to start this next chapter in our history.

So, whether you have younger students or young adults gathered in your classroom, looking to you for guidance as to How to move forward and What to focus on, these are some wonderful suggestions that are timeless and forever precious.

Many TpT Teacher-Authors have compiled a large selection of FREEBIES to help educators choose activities, lessons, projects or posters to help guide their students through these next first days and beyond.

Check the #s to find so many wonderful resources!


You can find my FOREVER FREEBIE 


Kindness Coupons for Students to fill out for their friends that have been kind.

Students can tell about the kind act on this version of Kindness Coupons.

Black-line Versions

This is a fold-fold THANK YOU CARD version for students to color and make for a classmate or staff member. 

KINDNESS THANK YOU CARD in color for students to give to someone who was kind.



Kindness Counts

Please check out all of the wonderful free resources with the hashtags...


Here are only a few of the wonderful Freebies available...

American Dream Posters Fighting for our Liberty Freedom and Rights
By Two Boys & a Dad Productions
Kindness Journal
By Rainbow City Learning

Character Education Kindness Poster Activity
By Pamela Kranz-Desktop Learning

Teacher Gems: When a Student Says Something So Sweet

When a shy first grader writes you a note that you will never forget.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

GIVEAWAY! Silly Sam Brag Tags & Classroom Compliment BUNDLE!

$10 Value GIVEAWAY!

T-A-G You're It! Teacher-Author GiveAway Day!


Use the hashtag to find great deals on great TPT resources on sale, 5%-20% off all day on AUG 31st.

Here's what's on sale at Silly Sam Productions...

20% off...

1) Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives AUGUST BACK TO SCHOOL Activities

2) My Learning Colors Wheel

3)  Color Book with Numbers Activity with BONUS 3D Crayon Display


My New Classmates Scoot FREEBIE for the 1st Day

This is a great fun activity for the first day 
or the first week of school!

Students play Scoot with Classmates' Names and go home with a list of all of their new friends.

There is also an interview activity for students to get to know a few friends even better.

Great for an introduction to speaking and listening skills.

Friday, June 3, 2016


Grab a FREEBIE every FRIDAY FUNDAY right here at Laugh and Learn with Silly Sam


These are thoughtful Bookmark Gifts for a Special Dad or other Special Person that can be recognized on Father's Day!

They are a nice compliment to the 
I Can Count on My Dad or Special Person 
Keepsake Book 
also found at Silly Sam Productions

Sunday, May 22, 2016



For all of my faithful fans with Silly Sam Classrooms, 
I have some big news for you! 

The newest version of the Silly Sam Classroom Management System is HERE!

This is the same premise as the original Silly Sam System with some important additions and fun new twists!

First of all, my own Silly Sam has been drawn by artist Tonja Irvine from Ta Doodles! He is now in 3D and is also rockin' some very cool green shoes!

This version of the program still has GOOD CHARACTER awards that can be easily filled out for students that are displaying these positive behaviors. New twist **this set is editable and you can type in the Teacher Name on each tag so that when you print or photocopy that is already filled in. The editable version has a text box in the teacher name position. The student name is still a blank to write in, however, in this editable version, you may choose to add a text box in PowerPoint and type in a name.

Print on white paper or colored paper and have students 
                         COLLECT THEM ALL!

Here's how I use them. Each day I give out Silly Sam Classroom Compliments to students that are Good Examples or Good Sports, etc. Students collect these compliment awards at home. When they have 20 Silly Sam Classroom Compliments of any assortment, they bring them in to school and receive an ice pop during our movie on Friday Funday. Each of the 20 "Sammers" gets stamped on the back that it was already submitted for a prize. 

Now, with our newest program: These same Sammers can still be saved up for a different prize. If a student saves up 10 of the same Compliment Cards, for example 10 Good Sport Cards, they can now bring those in and receive a GOOD SPORT BRAG TAG! Even if there is an ice pop stamp on the back, the same award can be counted toward the Brag Tag. So, students can try to collect each of the 10 Good Character Brag Tags. Color Coding the papers can help students see which ones they have and which ones they are trying for. If your students are anything like my guys, they will LOVE the challenge of collecting each and every one. In my classroom, doubles are welcome as well, however you can adapt the rules any way that you like!

The Lemonade Award is for any student that shows that they are using COPING SKILLS and dealing with disappointment or an 'upsetment' in a grown up way! Making Lemonade out of Lemons is a wonderful skill to learn!

Other Classroom Compliments and BRAG TAGS include GOOD CITIZENS, Super Helper and Super Kinder or 1st-5th Grader!

 Collect BRAG TAGS on binder rings for backpacks or metal chains for necklaces. We are using backpack rings so that students can show families and friends how their GOOD CHARACTER skills are growing!
 All of the current SILLY SAM Packs will also be created in this new version soon!

If you have already purchased ANY Silly Sam Pack at all, please email me at I will be so happy to send you this new version FREE to try out in your classroom! If you have any requests or preferences on which pack you would like to see next, leave me a comment here on the blog and I will try to get that one ready for you!

For anyone new to the SILLY SAM family, think about having a little character join you in your classroom for the end of this year, or for next year! Try this BONUS FREEBIE from Silly Sam Productions at TpT.

Thanks for reading about a Silly Sam Classroom!