Growing Young Minds with Yoo

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Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 09/23/2023

The next several posts will explain a little bit about our lives and how unexpected events have proven to be a sweet gift from the Lord! Hopefully, these posts provide you with some sort of connection to our family, a deeper sense of the Lord’s goodness, and help you know a bit of our background! To start us off… a Covid wedding 😅👰🏽‍♀️🤵🏻‍♂️💍🤍🥰

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 03/02/2023

Pi Day is just around the corner!! Check out this new resource in my TPT or Etsy Shop today!! :)



Hey there! Long time, no post!! 🤪 A little background and update for you… Back at the very beginning of March, I found out I was unexpectedly pregnant! While this was quite shocking, my husband and I were very thankful for this little life. 🥰 This pregnancy has been very challenging due to a few conditions that have made my pregnancy high risk throughout the last several months. On top of the risks, I was extremely sick and barely able to keep up with teaching and grad work. So, my online presence was put on the back burner. With this precious little one on his way, I reluctantly decided to take a break from the traditional classroom for this upcoming year. However, I am continuing in my love of teaching through private tutoring! I would also love to continue to be a resource for teachers who are still making magic happen every day in the classroom! It is my deep hope and desire to continue to create resources for you all and share helpful insights. Hopefully, I can continue to encourage you in some small way as you continue to change lives every day! Thank you for sticking with me! I am wishing all of you the best of luck as the new school year is underway for most! 🤍✏️🤍


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That’s it!! The winner will be announced April 4th at 8 pm! Good luck and thanks for participating!!


Happy TWOSDAY! 2️⃣✌️‼️💕

We had the most fun day! We:
+ wrote 2 things we appreciated about each classmate
+ worked on a 30 page TWOSDAY activity packet
+ had twotti fruitti snacks and pears
+ did TWOSDAY Would You Rather
+ TWOSDAY Dance Off
+ Listened to the read aloud “Two of Everything”
+ Had Taco TWOSDAY complete with tacos, chips and queso-which “pair” well together ;) + TWOSDAY photo booth with props
+ Took a picture at 2:22 on 2/22/22 holding up 2 fingers, then….
+ jumped into the Cupid shuffle at 2:22 on 2/22/22 “to the right, to the right!”
+ finished off the day with “tootsie rolls, and Swiss cake rolls and Kit Kats which come in pairs!

It was a 2-riffic day!!! 🥰✌️2️⃣‼️🍐💞👯‍♀️

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 02/21/2022

“TWOSDAY” is TOMORROW!!! Swipe to see some of our celebration! How are you celebrating?



Today we wrapped up our Stargirl novel study unit with a Book to Movie Comparison! We used this resource (that’s available in my TPT) to help guide our discussions and thoughts through the movie. The kids loved it.

*Spoiler Alert 🚨 : the WHOLE class liked the book better than the movie!!! 🥰

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 02/05/2022

Tried my hand at my very first cricut project thanks to my crafty besties! Getting excited for 2-2-22 aka “Twosday”!!!

My Upper Elementary Twosday Activity Packet is only $2.22!! It includes 30 pages of activities in all content areas and more! Check it out on TPT!!

Will you be celebrating 2-2-22 with your class??

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 01/25/2022

1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ //Did you know that for 5th graders the 100th day of school is actually their 1000th day of school?!?! We love to make a big deal out of this!! 100th day preparations are in full swing. Our 100th day is this Thursday!! When is yours?


Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 01/16/2022

In case you’ve missed it… LOTS of new resources were posted this week! Here is a sampling! Check out my TPT store to browse!

Tomorrow, my MLK resources will be 20% off in honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 01/15/2022

So very thankful for the life and ongoing influence of the brave and courageous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!

I made a MLK Memorial Virtual Field Trip Travel Blogger Resource to help your students learn more about his impact. There are print and digital Google Slides versions available! Perfect for remote learning if you need something to fill your week next week! Check it out on my TPT store!


I love doing a joke of the day! I post it on the morning work slide when students come in, and they enter their guess to the answer. Then, they receive a laffy taffy if they figure it out (or come close!) 😉

Strangely enough, I hadn’t been able to find laffy taffy anywhere for the last 5 months! I would look every time I went to the store. I finally found some at Walmart over the weekend, and I was super stoked! I bought all the bags they had… all 3 lol 😅

Anyway, I love doing this and the kids LOVE it too!! Do you do a joke of the day? What’s your best joke suggestion?


Some Monday Thoughts: I’m not going to lie, this is a really hard season (lol… years?) to be a teacher. Some days, I can pretend it’s “normal,” but many days it’s just so much. Masks, no masks. Quarantines. Close contacts. In person. Remote. Missing work. Preparing work for missing students. Keeping up with normal needs. Making up for increased learning gaps and lost instruction time from previous years. Getting Covid really bad myself, and struggling with teacher guilt from being absent. I don’t know, it’s just a lot. I work for an amazing school system that is trying hard to care for teachers. I mean today, our assistant superintendent was subbing because we were out of subs! That’s not the norm for most of you, I know. Nonetheless, I think we are all just tired.

However, I am encouraged that even though I have no idea what the coming days hold, but I do know we have a good Heavenly Father who is holding us in his care. We can trust him even through the storms, long as they may be.

Even with all of this, today was a GOOD Monday, and I had a BLAST being a teacher today. We laughed and we learned. I am thankful. I love my kids, and I love my job. I trust that this is just a season. ❤️

Thinking of all of you across the world trying to make a difference in the future generations even with this ongoing pandemic.


This is why we do what we do.

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 01/01/2022

Happy New Year!!! 🎆🎊🎉🥳I hope you are having a fabulous start to your New Year!!! To Celebrate, I am throwing a one day only 20% off sale on all New Year Products in my TPT store!!! Grab them today so you are ready to start the week! No-prep print ready and google slide options!!


Merry Christmas Eve!! 🎄🎁❤️
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15


What are you doing to rest this Winter Break? Check out my most recent blog post for 5 ways I am planning to rest! 🎄❄️☃️🎁🥰

Sad Truth: This is only the second book I have had time to read for pleasure all year. Hoping to prioritize more time for that next year!

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 12/22/2021

Hey there! I have been working hard to prepare some Reading/ELA Resources for your first week back to school after winter break. All the resources are New Year themed! They include: New Year Around the World Traditions Reading Passages and Reading Response Resources, New Year Resolutions Resources, and a companion Travel Blogger Writing Resource. (Also, don’t miss the FREEBIE!!! 😍🎈)

They require no prep! Just download and print or make a copy of the google slides and share with your class!

I have broken them apart and bundled them in all sorts of ways with discounts so you can find exactly what you are looking for!

I know it’s not yet Christmas, but just wanted to share this so you will have it in the back of your mind!! 🙂🎉🥳🎊🧧🎍


I had to take a moment to brag on one of my 5th graders who hand made this beautiful wood decor piece for me for Christmas! He hand cut all the wood and the top and bottom holes, stained it himself, and picked out the flowers. He also hand delivered it to me because I have been out with Covid. How precious, right?! 🎄❄️☃️❤️


But who’s counting?? 🤷🏽‍♀️🎄🎁❤️❄️☃️

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 12/09/2021

Christmas Around the World 🎄🌎: J A P A N 🇯🇵

+ This and more found in the Christmas Around the World Bundle in my TPT Store!

+ Christmas Around the World FREEBIE on blog!

+ Links in bio 🥰

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 12/08/2021

Christmas Around the World 🎄🌎: S W E D E N 🇸🇪

+ This and more found in the Christmas Around the World Bundle in my TPT Store!

+ Christmas Around the World FREEBIE on blog!

+ Links in bio 🥰

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 12/07/2021

Christmas Around the World 🎄🌎: M E X I CO 🇲🇽

+ This and more found in the Christmas Around the World Bundle in my TPT Store!

+ Christmas Around the World FREEBIE on blog!

+ Links in bio 🥰

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 12/02/2021

Some inspiration for your Friday Jr. ❤️🌿 Keep planting those seeds, friends! Eventually they bloom! 🌸


Coming Monday November 29th and Tuesday November 30th! All products will be 25% off with code: CYBER21

Check out my TPT store in my bio and add my products to your wishlist! You won't want to miss this sale! 🥰

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 11/20/2021

Growing Young Minds has partnered with to create a Christmas Around the World packet! Our packet includes tools that will allow you to practice skills such as reading informational text, compare/contrast, creative writing, research, and more!⁠ Check it out in our bio!

To celebrate, we want to do a giveaway! Our giveaway includes a FREE Christmas Around the World packet, the book "Christmas is Coming", and beautiful, handmade earrings from !

Here's how to enter:

✅Like this post ⁠
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✅Tag your friends in the comments ⁠
✅More tags = more entries! One tag per comment⁠.

Our giveaway will be open from now until 8:00 pm on Sunday. We can't wait to announce the lucky winner!⁠

Don't want to wait for the announcement? Check out the link in my bio for a FREE Christmas Around the World Resource!


🎄🎄🎄EXCITING THINGS ARE COMING!!!!🎄🎄🎄 Check back at 8 pm eastern Friday evening!! You don't want to miss this!!!


My precious 5th graders threw me a surprise birthday party complete with ice cream, snacks, handmade cards, flowers, and gifts! They were cracking me up as they tried to talk in hushed voices about the surprise! So cute! This teacher is feeling extra loved! 🥰

(They also gave me a lot of compliments on this super cute dress from ❤️)

Photos from Growing Young Minds with Yoo's post 11/17/2021

Let's talk about whole class motivation! 👏 I use a class compliment chain! (Currently available in my Freebie Resource Library - See bio for link to FREEBIE Library!)

✓The students work together to earn a "compliment" from special area teachers, other teachers in the hallways, lunchroom, substitutes, etc.
✓Each compliment the class receives allows them to receive a paper chain link.
✓Once the chain touches the floor, the class gets a party! (We often do a pajama + movie day with snacks!)


Why is it important?
•Promotes positive peer pressure
•Gets students excited about working together
•Provides special area teachers with a tangible way to manage the class



Happy Monday! Absolutely loving this cozy sweater from and my earrings from 😍 Sweater weather is the best weather! 🥰

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